I ran across this list of Premiere’s 20 Most Overrated Movies:
1. American Beauty
5. Field of Dreams
6. Chariots of Fire
7. Good Will Hunting
8. Forrest Gump
9. Jules and Jim
10. A Beautiful Mind
11. Monster’s Ball
13. Mystic River
15. The Wizard of Oz
16. An American in Paris
17. Easy Rider
18. The Red Shoes
19. 2001: A Space Odyssey
20. Gone with the Wind
Most of the 11 on the list that I’ve seen, it’s been so long that I can’t really objectively evaluate them without being affected by nostalgia. Field of Dreams, Forrest Gump, and Chariots of Fire I remember being decent but I really don’t have much desire to watch them again so that may be a sign that I’m just nostalgic about them. Good Will Hunting is the one that I’d flat out disagree with. 2001 and American Beauty are the two I’d agree with the most. In particular, I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone that’s really passionate about 2001. Seems like a movie that people are only inclined to like because Roger Ebert said it was good. It has to be one of the most boring sci-fi movies ever made.
So what movies would you add to this list? And, what are some underrated movies to you?
Here’s some additional overrated ones for me:
- David Lynch Movies: Weird does not equal good. I don’t think movies should be painful to watch.
- Gladiator: Best picture? It was an all right action movie, but was it really that much better than, say, Troy?
- Godfather II: If it didn’t happen to be the sequel to what’s widely regarded as the best movie of all-time, there’s no way it would have been nominated for best picture, let alone win it. Pretty average movie that would have been a forgotten 70s movie.
- Rebel Without a Cause: Completely unbelievable. Click here for my detailed review.
- Rocky: There might be a good scene or two, but overall this movie is slow and pretty unbelievable. One of those movies that I remembered being good as a kid, but when I watched it again several years ago it was boring and not that great of a plot.
- Shrek 2: The original Shrek was pretty good and should have been the beginning and end of the series. Instead, they pretty much rehashed the plot of the original and repackaged in a much less entertaining movie. Only thing I remember being funny about this movie was when a Starbucks got destroyed and a bunch of people ran out only to cross the street right back into another Starbucks.
- Star Wars: This may seem like blasphemy, but I think the amount of fanfare and recognition the series gets is totally out of line with how good the actual plot is.
- Titanic: Top grossing movie of all-time? Is it really anywhere near the greatest love story of all-time? How many people do you know that have watched it in, say, the last five years?
Some of my underrated movies:
- Adaptation: Original, but weird, plot that I found fantastic.
- Before Sunrise and Before Sunset: Two of the best romance movies that most people have never seen.
- Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind: One of the more original love stories you’ll ever watch.
- A Few Good Men: I watched this a couple of years ago and it was even better than I remembered it. Has to be one of the best courtroom movies ever.
- Hero: The Jet Li movie from a few years ago has a great plot and just a fantastic ending.
- Kung-Fu Hustle: Another kung-fu movie that does an absolutely marvelous job of mixing in comedy.
- L.A. Confidential:Great film noir plot.
- Minority Report: Solid sci-fi movie that’s in the same league with the original Matrix (sans the fight scenes).
- Shakespeare in Love: The best romantic comedy ever.