Movie ratings mean absolutely nothing – I either like or dislike what I’ve seen (and isn’t that what it’s all about anyway?). Yet, I’m guilty of checking on IMDB or Rotten Tomatoes and I’m often amazed at the ratings some movies get which are in total contrast to what I would have thought. Here are two movies that fit either end of the spectrum. I’m keeping them within a similar-ish genre for this Against the Crowd Blogathon which asked for two movies – one that you loved but “everyone” hated and vice versa – one that “everyone” loved and you hated. Or…disliked, rather.
Before Midnight (2013)…oh, if only it had been as special as Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004). I had hoped for the last part of this clever trilogy to be a satisfying movie that rounded off the previous two nicely. While the ratings for this one were high, I just failed to see the fun in watching a married couple (or any couple for that matter) bickering, arguing and snapping at each other for almost 2 hours. Personally, I want a positive (doesn’t need to be happy) experience and quite frankly, I don’t care about watching domestic disputes for the sake of
cashing in creating a trilogy. “That’s reality” you might argue…yes…fine…but I want to watch movies for escapism! Of course not the entire movie is like this but that’s all I can remember and hence my overall impression. Maybe I just missed the plot…
I wish I hadn’t watched this one as it has pretty much spoilt the other two for me. What a pity.
On to one of my favourites that I know hasn’t ever been that popular. Catch and Release (2006). This is one of those movies that moves me and I find myself watching at least once a year. I just like it. While IMDB currently rates it at a 6.0, the Tomatometer on Rotten Tomatoes gives it a really splattering 21%. Its sweet and feel-good and just what I need for a bit of romantic escapism. Yes, it may have flaws (don’t all movies?) but who cares? I enjoy Gray’s story of discovering who her fiancé really was and in the process finding herself and love. While you may say I have blinkers on and that real-life is never like this…I know…but that’s why I watch movies.
Some others that “everyone” loved and I totally disliked: No Country for old Men, The Sixth Sense, Titanic, the first Harry Potter (I never went back for any subsequent ones), Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Drive.
Some of the ones I enjoyed and nobody else seemed to (promise you won’t judge me): Northmen: A Viking Saga, The Romantics, The Truth About Charlie, New in Town, Brick Mansions, Priest.