posted by alcmaeonid
Do you ever hear people talk endlessly about a movie, they quote it and they joke about it and won’t stop talking about, but then when you see it you hate it? You begin to question your taste in movies, and possibly your choice in friends. You feel disconnected from the world because you cannot share in the film bliss. Well don’t despair, you are not alone, I give you: The 10 Most Overrated Films ever made.
Now this list is not necessarily based on the quality of films versus the number of awards they won or critical acclaim, nor is it based on financial success. This is purely a personal assessment of films that are considered classics or are extremely popular, but on viewing them just do not live up to the hype. Basically, they make you feel like this:
The list from top to bottom is categorized based on a combination of hype and critical claim in opposition to how mediocre the film is. The #1 film is the most overrated. Prepare yourself and try not to smash your computer…
10) Pirates of the Carribean (All 3)
The first one was a box office sensation and made superstars out of Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, and Kiera Knightly, and the second shattered opening weekend records. The first also garnered Depp an Academy Award nomination for best actor. Yet all three movies are just bad.
Maybe the first was watchable, but it certainly did not deserve any sort of Academy Award nomination outside of sound effects. The second and third however were simply terrible, nothing more than bland clones of the original. Perhaps worst of all, despite a remarkable career with countless memorable performances, Johnny Depp will always be Capt. Jack Sparrow in our hearts and on the Disney Channel.
9) Scarface (1983)
It is one of the most iconic films in modern times, with Tony Montana’s quote “say hello to my little friend!”, and the famous shot of Pacino mowing down countless hoods with an M16. Every rapper uses Scarface as their icon, with even one particular artist adopting the title name as his own. However, actual viewing of the film reveals that it is merely a melodramatic, boring, and overdone heap of a film. It is considered an “action film” but there is only one notable action scene which occurs at the end, and it takes almost 3 hours to get to it. Al Pacino is one of the greatest actors ever, but his Cuban accent is far from realistic or subtle. Outside of surprising gore there is little in terms of twists or shocking revelations, which are hallmarks of great films. Simply overrated.
8) Brokeback Mountain
Broke-ass Mountain was the toast of the Academy Awards the year it came out, with Ang Lee winning Best Director. He should have won it for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, not for this piece of crap. If you read my previous post “Naked or Gay” you would know that gay-themed films are practically automatically showered with Academy Awards, so there is a simple reason why it got so much praise. The film stretches on forever, and it is oh so boring. Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger were good, but to be nominated for Best Actor, please. Honestly, if the story were the same but with a heterosexual couple, it would probably be on Lifetime.
In 1997, every girl in America saw Titanic at least 12 times, and even guys can admit they saw it at least 4 times because of the girls. It was all anyone wanted to do for months: see Titanic over and over again. It also won 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. But you know what, it is just so boring. Unless you are into slow, stupid romances, the only entertaining part was when people started dying and the Titanic split in half. Oh, and Kate Winslet’s boobs were nice too.
6) Gone With the Wind
Often considered amongst the greatest films of all time, a classic of American cinema. It is a constant reminder of the grandeur of the “Golden Age” of American cinema with massive sets, melodrama, lavish costumes, thousands of extras, and so on. Adjusted for inflation, it is by far the highest grossing film of all time, raking in over $150 million dollars when movie tickets cost no more than a nickel. Despite this, it is 3 hours of unbearable dialogue alongside a hefty dose of racism and sexist overtones. As God as my witness, I will never see this movie again!
5) Reality Bites
I know some people personally who will hate me for this, but I just cannot get into this movie. I get that it is all about the Generation X/grunge/angst era and all that crap, but I don’t care! Sure Ben Stiller is believable as a douche, but he’s better in goofy stuff. Ethan Hawke, well, he does a good Kurt Cobain impression that’s for sure. I would fault Winona Ryder, but she always sucks at acting so this film is no different. Despite all this what I hate the most about this movie is all …the stupid… Big Gulps! I mean seriously, its just soda damn it!
Visually innovative and filled with action and oily bare chests, this film was a surprise blockbuster hit and legitimized Zach Snyder as a director and Gerard Butler as a star. However, this film manages to take possibly the finest example of soldiering in history and dumb it down to slow motion fights and cartoon backgrounds. Where is the historical context? Realism? It would have even been nice to see at least one hit that was in real time. I mean slow motion is nice, but when it happens for every single blow, it gets a little old. And don’t even get me started on the depiction of the Persians, especially Xerxes. Homophobic? Racist? Take your pick.
3) The Boondock Saints
This is interesting because it came out and was critically panned, and made very little money. It was basically a disaster. However, it has since developed a cult following somehow, and every moron living in a dorm room with a laptop and a “COLLEGE” t-shirt insists that its the most awesome movie ever! It is unoriginal, the acting is just terrible, and the action scenes are convoluted and way overdone. No twists. No surprises. Attempts at humor, but about as funny as Apocalypse Now. Come to think of it, Robert Duvall was pretty damn funny in that movie! I take it back, Apocalypse Now definitely has more humor than The Boondock Saints.
2) Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Matthew Broderick will always be known as Ferris Bueller, the trouble-making high school kid who is loved by men and women alike. He is smooth and smart, and there is no situation he cannot calmly talk his way out of. It is in the canon of the greatest comedies ever made, and is a highlight of 80’s cinema. I cannot fault the filmmaking, or the acting, or the story. It is just not funny, at all. I have seen it multiple times, and I have never even chuckled, not once. Sure he’s endearing and the situations he gets out of are cool, and that dance number in the streets was spontaneous and original, but is any of it funny? Not to me.
1) The Blair Witch Project
Well there are a few angles to look at how this movie sucks, but I’ll start with the fact that it is not scary at all. And I can admit that I scare easily with films, but I don’t think I even gasped once, maybe yawned a little. The climactic moment when you’re supposed to see the witch, you see… nothing. Or a shadow? I’m not sure if it even qualifies as a horror film.
Come to think of it, I’m not sure if it qualifies as a film at all. It is closer to being a documentary, but about what? A scary shadow? A bunch of idiots who get lost in the woods with a camcorder? At best it could be a short story, but that would mean it would be like 15 or 20 minutes, not a full-length “movie” with no actual climactic moment. Even the Sci-Fi channel would reject something like this. Bad picture. Bad acting. Bad sound. Basically it is the most over-hyped and over-rated film. Ever.