Movies I do not like…
I am involved on a few message boards related to science-fiction and fantasy movies. It amazes me the amount of negativity toward a majority of the movies. I question why are these people are on these message boards if they dislike so many of these movies? An unanswerable question.
I am a very easygoing movie viewer. In other words, pretty easy to please. I am just not as critical toward movies as I have seen some people be. A good majority of the time I don’t let a films flaws bother me too much. I have a reputation for liking movies a majority of the people dislike (that will be the subject of next Wednesday’s list).
Having said all of this I do want to say that there are movies I do not like. So here is a short list of five films that I really don’t care for. Well, there is one on here that I do like to some degree it is just that I have some mixed feelings about which I will go further into detail.
1. 2001: A Space Oddessy.
I have not watched this movie in years. Maybe I will give it another try and see if I can view it with an open mind? While the movie is certainly visually stunning it is a movie that just plods along and I found it rather boring. The whole thing with “Open the pod bay doors, HAL.” was one of the more enjoyable aspects of the film. But the bizarre events with Bowman transforming into a space-fetus surrounded by an orb of light still has me puzzled as to what the heck was going on in those final scenes? I have heard so many interpretations of that scene and there seems to be no consensus to what it means. It just makes me want to affirm what eminent historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. said about the film. That it is “morally pretentious, intellectually obscure and inordinately long…a film out of control.”
2. Blade Runner
I tried to watch this movie about 4 times and ended up turning it off each time about 30-40 minutes into the film out of pure unadulterated boredom. So this past spring after many people were talking about it online I decided that I would watch this movie all the way through no matter what! I have to report that I made it but was still bored out of my gored! First of all I don’t care for dystopian movies…with some exceptions. The movie is paced slow and while I do like Harrison Ford’s performance and the performance of Sean Young I just could not get real interested in what was going on. I do like the ambiguity of whether or not Harrison Ford’s character is a replicant and that is one of the better things going for the film.
Directed By Christopher Nolan (who also directed the next movie on my list). I saw the trailers and I was hooked! When I rented the movie I was lost and confused and I didn’t care so I turned it off about 45 minutes into the film. Yawn! This movie was nominated for an Academy Award for best picture!
4. The Dark Knight
Another movie directed By Christopher Nolan. I do admit I like this movie and I own it, I just have some big issues with it. I was disappointed with the movie because I really liked Batman Begins so much. Heath Ledger’s Academy Award winning performance saves this movie from being an overdrawn bore. I have never seen one actor save a movie as he has. The movie is still overdrawn, it goes on too long, and the plot is a little bit too complex. I also had issues with Gary Oldman’s performance as Commissioner Gordon. I should say I had issues with his delivery of his lines in some cases. There were times he mumbles to the point where it is very hard to understand what he is saying1 It took several viewings to comprehend his words. The major point was the first scene he has with Harvey dent when he is in Dent’s office talking about “the Batman.” I could hardly understand a word he said.
Speaking of Dent I think Aaron Eckhart did an excellent job portraying him and the special effects of him as Two-Face is spectacular. I have mixed feeling about turning him into two-face in this movie. While I like his turn from good guy to bad guy it is just one of the issues that crowds this movie. The scenes with the people on the boats and whether or not they will blow one another up is a good concept but is goes on a little too long and again makes the film crowded. What I mean when I say crowded I mean that the movie had too many elements to it and was trying to say too many things. The thing I liked about Batman Begins is that the story was tighter and better told.
This movie was to wrap up the Firefly series that had a cult following but was cancelled after only one season. I rented the movie because I had heard so many positive things about it. Never having seen the series, which also many fans raved about, I turned the movie off because I did not have a clue to what was going on. So and tried to watch the series before watching the movie. I just couldn’t get into that either. Not sure why. I think the main point is that the series begins just like the movie did, where all these characters are thrown into a situation and I did not know what was going on and who these people were. I guess the show/movie didn’t hook me quick enough for me to find out!
Next week I will show the opposite. Movies that many people do not like but I do!!
Posted on August 1, 2012, in Captain's Log... and tagged 20001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, Christian Bale, Firefly, Harrison Ford, Inception, Joss Whedon, Ridley Scott, Serenity, Stanley Kubrick, The Dark Knight. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.