I try to view movies as objectively as possible when I go to see them, and not get into the hype too much. And for a few movies, that caused my opinion to really differ from that of other people. Here are some movies that a lot of people loved, but I simply didn’t understand why.
Don’t get me wrong, Transformers is pretty good. I just don’t think it’s as good as people make it out to be. A lot of people I know said it was one of their favorite movies of the year back when it came out, and honestly I think that’s kind of silly. It was way too long a movie for a plot about robots fighting over some giant cube, and honestly when the action is going on for 2 and a half hours, the movie just becomes more big and loud than it does entertaining. I thought it was decent, like a 7 out of 10 maybe, but I found the action later on to be kind of boring and just didn’t see what all the fuss was about.
Resident Evil movies
My friends love these movies and here I just don’t understand why. Resident Evil 1 was okay, nothing too special, but a passable movie. Anything after that was utter garbage, unworthy to be seen by anyone (not to mention, I feel like Resident Evil was meant to be horror, yet they’ve turned it into a big action movie). I know the reviews were never too great, but I feel as though people’s opinions of this series are generally pretty high, and I’m gonna have to go with the critics on this one.
This is another one of those movies that was pretty good, but just did not deserve all the attention it got. Though it was a pretty decent drama, for every second of it I felt like the message about racism was incredibly heavy handed, to the point where the movie really suffered in how in-your-face it was. I have no idea how this won best picture. Even though the typical elements of a best picture film are in here, I really didn’t think they were pulled together well enough to justify the scores this one got. 7.5 out of 10 at best, but best picture? I don’t think so.
There Will Be Blood
I have to hand it to Daniel Day Lewis – he’s an incredible actor. And he did a fantastic job in this movie, but unfortunately a good performance does not make a good movie, and in this case I think that holds to be very true. I’ve heard a lot of mixed things about There Will Be Blood (other than the critics, who raved), but I personally think it’s just a really boring movie whose only interesting parts come from Daniel Day Lewis’s slow descent into madness. There are some fascinating moments punctuating this film, but overall it’s way too long and just did not hold my attention enough with its premise and actors alone.
Little Miss Sunshine
Little Miss Sunshine is easily my favorite on this list, but I still think it’s not quite as good as people make it out to be. It was charming, occasionally funny, and definitely heartwarming at the end, but after all the amazing reviews I heard I really expected something a little less typical. The movie was really good, but I felt like it wasn’t something I’d never seen before, and though it lands many spots on people’s top ten, it instead just lands a spot on my “Hey, that was good!” list.
Overrated does not begin to describe 300. It was visually gorgeous, but somehow people interpreted that as awesome, and I just do not understand how. Yes, there was cool action, but the movie was just trying so hard to be cool, violent and inappropriate. There were slow motion sex scenes with emphasis on very protruding women’s nipples. I felt like it was just trying to be controversial, without having much of a story or characters to back it up. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed it. I just don’t get why it’s hailed as such a great action movie – I think action fans could do much better.
I’m still a little torn on Napoleon Dynamite. The first time I saw it, I thought it was completely overrated and wasn’t even funny. I will admit, it gains some humor with each viewing, but not nearly enough to warrant the massive cult following it has. This movie is a decent high school film at best, but I just don’t understand what people think is so hilarious about it. I get it, he’s dorky. It makes for an good skit, but not a great full-length movie, in my opinion.
I think Gladiator is overrated for some of the same reasons as 300, though I definitely like Gladiator more. I thought it was a good looking film and had some neat action scenes, but the slower parts of the movie were kind of boring in my opinion and didn’t hold my attention very well. I don’t typically like movies set in this era, so maybe that’s part of it, but Gladiator just didn’t immerse me that much. Good film, just not as excellent as some people have made it out to be.
It’s hard to describe why The Departed didn’t really impress me, but I’d say it’s just because the reviews were so incredibly fantastic, and I didn’t think it was such a fantastic movie. It was good, sure, but like some other movies on here, it just goes on for way too long and the plot gets pretty muddled along the way. There was a lot of great star power here, but I think it lends itself to a merely good movie more than a fantastic one.
City of God
City of God also suffers from being way too long and just plain boring at parts. I enjoyed the movie overall, and many of its moments were extremely memorable, but the organization of the plot was kind of spotty, in my opinion, and the movie just went on for way too long to keep me entertained. I remember it distinctly for how good some of the individual parts were, but as a whole I think this movie definitely deserves a bit less credit than it gets.
So there you have it, some movies that I think are pretty good for the most part, but simply not as fantastic as people make them out to be. I liked them all to some degree, but didn’t understand what the big deal was.