#35 Five Overrated Movies of the 2000s

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You may remember Josh’s post from a few weeks ago Five Underrated Movies of the 2000s, if you do not remember it go read it.  Josh’s post inspired me to come up with my own list of movies, this time those that are overrated.  I used the same review site, metacritic, but instead of the metascore, I used the viewer scores.  So I guess in a way it is not so much that these movies are overrated as much as they were overhyped by viewers.  All of these movies were for the most part, blockbusters, which is probably more of a critique on us as a society than on the movies themselves.  It should also be noted that Josh and I may kill each other over movies one day as they seem to be a topic on which we simply cannot agree (I refuse to hear the argument of anyone claiming that Raiders of The Lost Ark is better than The Last Crusade).

Napoleon Dynamite 7.9/10 user score

This movie is simply not funny, which is a pretty big hit considering it is supposed to be a comedy.  It gained some type of lemming, cult following and all of the sudden everyone decided to love it.  The ONLY funny part of the entire movie is when Uncle Rico hits Napoleon in the face with a steak.  Lucky for you I have included that clip here.
 

 

Crash 7.9/10 user score

Another movie that was surrounded by incredible hype.  I distinctly remember people telling me just how revolutionary and groundbreaking this movie was, and I found it to be completely the opposite.  First of all the chronology of the plot is nothing more than what was done in films such as Pulp Fiction and Snatch,  both fantastic movies.  So cinematically it was nothing original and certainly not groundbreaking.  As far as storyline and themes are concerned, many people, at least those I knew at the time, claimed that the movie was some sort of revolution in the way we understand race and racism.  This is absolutely ridiculous.  If by 2004, twelve years after this, you still didn’t realize that racism was a dominant issue among people in general, and specifically police officers in L.A. or any other city in America then I cannot help you.  Yes people are racist, we all have pre-conceived notions about certain groups of people that we must overcome, and we as humans sometimes do horrible things to our own kind based solely upon how they look.  As far as race goes Crash didn’t teach us anything that American History X, Boyz In The Hood, and even Blazing Saddles had taught us already.  I thought Crash was unoriginal in almost every aspect, using issues of race as a trump card to make it politically incorrect to dislike the film which resulted in the average person raving about a rather pedestrian movie.

Taken 7.8/10 user score

Taken was an entertaining movie with a cliche storyline.  A man has a beloved female in his life, in this case a daughter, taken from him.  The result is a vengeful bloodbath in which the male character shoots, punches, and otherwise “outmans” everyone in site in order to get his daughter back.  The storyline is Braveheart, Gladiator, Patriot, Man On Fire etc. etc. and all of those movies are much better.  Perhaps the most frustrating part of the movie is the ending.  Liam Neeson’s character finally finds his daughter on the yacht of an Arab sheik where she is being held as a sex slave.  Obviously, the father ends up killing the sheik on his yacht but he then leaves the country on American Airlines with his daughter.  I am willing to overlook the fact that the guy just managed to kill roughly the entire city of Paris, but I cannot for my life get past the fact that he just killed an Arab sheik and then just hopped on the next plane to America, with absolutely no recourse, even though there were people in the French government who became aware of what he was doing.  Call it petty, but guys who kill world leaders do not go home on American Airlines flights.  Unsurprisingly, the film was released in late January when the majority of America is freezing, which I am sure helped the popularity of the film.

Avatar 7.6/10 user score

A guy sits in a pod that transforms him to another reality (Matrix).  Marines fight a war in the jungle (Vietnam).  The war is over a cleverly named mineral “unobtainium” (oil, Iraq).  The war is fought against a tribe of native blue people strikingly similar to Native Americans (America in the 1800s, the colonization of Africa, etc. etc.).  A man from one people group falls in love with a woman from another (Dances With Wolves, Last of The Mohicans, The Last Samurai, Romeo and Juliet).  This movie is quite possibly the worst use of allegory in the history of writing.  There has never been a more obvious instance of a movie in which all of the funds were used for special effects leaving nothing for writing and actors.  As a peace offering to Mr. Cameron I will at least admit that the movie in 3d was visually stunning, and almost worth the price of admission that Drew’s dad paid for me to see the movie.

 

Indiana Jones And The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull– 5.1/10 user score

How can a movie that scored a 5.1 be classified as overrated you ask?  Because a score of 5.1 means that at least some people enjoyed this film.  Any score above zero would make this last installment of the series overrated.  Never in the history of moviegoers (hyperbole much?) has someone been as disappointed as I was with this film.  I bought tickets online, while living in Haiti, saw it opening night when I returned to America, and almost cried.  To hear my wife describe my face while watching the movie is reminiscent of a child learning that his dog was just put down.  The response that I gave, and heard from most of my friends while the credits rolled down the screen was “Aliens? Really?.”  This movie was terrible and not only ruined the ending to one of my favorite movie series of all time but it cost me an hour and a half of my life that I will never get back.  The fact that one person out there liked this movie means it is overrated.  Watch the clip below at your own risk.

 

 

A Movie That Was Almost In The 2000s

Fight Club 9.1/10 user score: I know this is an unpopular choice, but I have never  liked this movie (which is funny considering the guest post for tomorrow).  Though it has a lot to say about our culture, I thought the movie was incredibly overhyped, at no fault of the movie itself.  It became a sort of mantra for guys our age, and for all the wrong reasons and in a way became a bit of a self-sulfilling prophecy.  There will be more to read on this movie tomorrow as Michael explores some of the important issues addressed in the movie.  Believe or not, it is possible to learn something even from a piece of work that you do not like.

So there is the list, feel free to leave your comments and additions below.  There are several questions that could be brought up including those of originality in movies and to what degree older movies set the standard for newer ones, as well as how game-changing it is when a truly innovative movie comes along.  Another question is do all movies essentially have the same plot, or is there such thing as an original movie?  We often find Christian groups attaching themselves to certain films because they feel that those films tell the story of Christ.  Is this always the case, or do all movies/stories share the same plot line?  Can we say that a movie has Christian themes when it was not the author’s intentions to have such themes in his or her work?  These are just a few of the jumping off points that this list brings up, in my mind at least.  Thanks for reading and don’t forget to leave your thoughts below.

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