Reporting CW44′s Couch Potato
After publishing ‘The 4: Underrated Movies‘, it was only a matter a time before I examined the other end of the spectrum. I’m not looking for the hidden gems you may not have seen, but the fool’s gold you mistook as treasure. I’m talking about overrated movies. The movies that people seem to cherish, that do not live up to the praise bestowed on them. I’m not looking for the worst movies. That’s a list for another day. These are the overblown, overhyped spectacles that make me yawn.
If there was a number one on this list, Brian De Palma’s Scarface would be it. This ridiculous over the top gangster opus is mostly known for two things. The amount of cocaine Al Pacino’s Tony Montana snorts throughout the movie and the famous line of “Say hello to my little friend”. Scarface drags and Pacino’s performance is so cartoonish that it makes me laugh rather than take the ruthless drug kingpin seriously. Scarface really only has two big scenes. The chainsaw in the bathroom and the shootout at the end. For a movie that people love so much, that’s a whole lot of nothing in between those two big scenes.
The English Patient (1996)
Booorrrrrrinnnnnngggggg! The English Patient without a doubt is the film that won Best Picture that annoys me the most. That’s a bold statement considering how much I despise The Artist which won Best Picture. At least I can see the appeal for The Artist to some fans, but when it comes to The English Patient I don’t get it. I’m not a fan of flashbacks which is what The English Patient consists of and I particularly don’t like dull ones. A part of me wished the Count would have died in the plane crash instead of subjecting me to 162 minutes of rambling loves stories. The Seinfeld episode had it right when it comes to The English Patient. It’s horrible.
Blow…..more like slow. For a drug that is supposed to give you high energy cocaine sure does make a movie boring. People hold Johnny Depp’s performance of real life drug smuggler George Jung in high regard, but I think it’s one of his weakest right up there with Nick of Time and any of the Pirates of the Caribbean sequels. Plus nothing really happens in Blow. He meets some guys, they smuggle drugs and that’s it. Also the final scene in Blow of George hallucinating seeing his estranged daughter in the prison yard is so dumb and contrived. Go rent Edward Scissorhands and skip Blow.
Sin City (2005)
This is for all the people who say “All you like is comic book movies”. Here’s a classic comic written by the great Frank Miller which I find lackluster. Truth to be told I’m not a fan of the gritty, dark and dirty comics that Sin City is based on. I’m more of an old school heroes and villains comic reader. I’m not into rape, child molestation and yellow junk so that could be another reason I think Sin City is overrated. The visuals are inventive but the performances are lackluster. The two great performances of Bruce Willis and Mickey Rourke are limited while cornball performances such as Benicio Del Torro, Clive Owen and Rosario Dawson take center stage for a good part of Sin City. I think it’s also safe to say that if I ever do an overrated directors list, Robert Rodriguez will be number two right behind Michael Bay.
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