It’s been a while…but Hammy’s Top 10 Lists are back! I recently watched Brawl in Cell Block 99 and was completely bored stiff halfway into it. Things became even more boring towards the end. But all the reviews I’d read were (very) positive. So what was I missing? I always think there’s something wrong with me when I don’t enjoy something the majority enjoys (and when I enjoy something that the majority don’t enjoy). Of course, we all have our distinct likes and dislikes. But when the majority are against you…is the problem them or you? That got me to thinking…what are the big films that the majority enjoy but I don’t? What are the Top 10 Films that I think are overrated? Here they are…
You’ve got to respect Christopher Nolan for putting out a fairly original science fiction film (and having the budget to realise his imagination). But for a film about dreams, there’s hardly anything dreamlike about the film. In my dreams, I turn up to work naked or see a close friend with a horse’s head instead of his own. If I had dreams like Inception’s depiction of dreams, I’d definitely see a psychiatrist. I’ll admit, it’s intermittently exciting, but bogged down by reams of exposition. And the ending always make me groan.
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- Saving Private Ryan
You may as well switch off after the brutal and bloody Normandy landing, because after that this war film becomes an overlong quest to find Matt Damon. You wonder why they’re doing it after much plodding through empty, wartorn streets and Tom Hanks trying to keep you involved. He doesn’t. Apart from Hanks, no one else makes an impression (including Damon himself). I’d rather Ryan not be saved…
- The English Patient
There’s only one word to describe this endless film: borefest! I tried to watch it twice, just to make sure my initial feelings about it were correct, but switched it off halfway through. It looks beautiful, but that’s all there is to it. The romance between the two main characters is non-existent, and without that, why should you care about the film at all?
Apart from the first meeting of Pacino and De Niro, is there anything else to really love about this film? Yes, it’s watchable, but it’s not a film I’d think about re-watching. If I were to re-watch it, I just watch the scene between Pacino and De Niro. I may as well watch another generic crime epic in the meantime.
- Citizen Kane
I guess it’s a cliché to call Citizen Kane overrated…but here it is on my list! From a technical standpoint, it’s outstanding. But from every other standpoint, it’s just average. I recently watched Welles’ take on Kafka’s The Trial, and I can say I enjoyed that plenty more than Citizen Kane. Touch of Evil is a better film than Citizen Kane. Citizen Kane is all about the technical aspects; look deeper than that and I’m always disappointed.
- Apocalypse Now
Okay, war and musicals are two of my least favourite film genres. But I simply don’t understand the love for this one. To me, it’s better to actually read Heart of Darkness rather than watching this pseudo-adaptation of it. Apart from Ride of The Valkyries playing during the napalm strike, there’s little to like about this film. Brando’s performance is half-decent, but you can tell he doesn’t care anymore. Oh, it’s overly long as well. Cut it down by half an hour and you might have a good film.
Of course, I mean the remake, not the original. I’ve only seen both films once, but it’s the original that sticks in my mind. The remake is (like a lot of films on this list!) never-ending. Maybe I have a problem with long films…but I loved Blade Runner 2049 and that was almost three hours long. Al Pacino chews up the scenery as Tony Montana, but even his shtick gets dull as the hours slowly go by. It may be about the death of the American Dream, but it’s one film that threatens to send me to sleep.
- The Sound of Music
I’m not a fan of musicals. There are some I’ve enjoyed, but on the whole, I much prefer a musical in Disney or theatre form. My fiancé persuaded me to watch one of her favourite films: The Sound of Music. I thought it would never end. The songs aren’t catchy, everyone talks like a robot and the pacing is terrible.
- Reservoir Dogs
I always think there’s something wrong with me when I give this film another chance. When the credits roll, I always feel bored and frustrated. What was the point of it all? Why are all these people named after colours? What am I missing? I’m a fan of Tarantino’s, but I can’t understand the love for his first feature film. It’s alright…I guess, but nothing more than an average crime drama with a bit of non-linearity thrown in the mix.
I’ll just clump all these together as one film, but I’ll reserve a special mention for Return of the King. Why did it receive so many Oscars? It’s the worst one of the lot! Okay, fantasy isn’t a genre I’m particularly fond of, but no matter the genre, I can appreciate the film if it’s good. I find the three films a slog to watch. I fell asleep twice whilst watching The Two Towers at the cinema. Return of the King never seemed to end! All three simply bore me to death. I’ll never understand why people want to watch extended versions of these already bloated films.
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Agree or disagree? Any you’d take away or add? What is your Top 10?