It’s so common for people to follow what others are saying and in the process they lose their own opinions and thoughts on a movie. That hipster mentality that makes people dislike something because others enjoyed it or discussed so frequently taints the legacy of a plethora of films that we loved at first, but ended up disliking. From my experiences and observations, I wanted to compile a list of movies that I still find immensely enjoyable and consider to be quality films that people like to hate on.
10. Birdman (2014): Whether people found it pretentious or ludicrous that it beat out their favorite “I love my country” movie that was American Sniper for Best-Picture that year, people don’t hold this film to a standard it probably deserves. Was the style of film a little tiring at some points? Sure, but that doesn’t mean the body of work that is Birdman a poor film nor worth all the crap it’s gained in the past two years.
9. Interstellar (2014): This one I understand if you’ve only seen the film once. It’s a complex equation that tries to detail the angles of physics and aerospace technologies within only under three hours. Put a really corny monologue about love into the film with Anna Hathaway and you get a dose of frustration and annoyance from the audience, but I’m here to tell you that the film is going to hopefully grow on you once you realize how minute those details were to a much more brilliantly thought out story.
8. Crash (2005): If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that people do not like to be preached at about to anything and Crash is anything, but subtle. This was a tricky one to argue against because I comprehend exactly why people may not enjoy it, but if you look at the overall quality and the reasons behind the overstated characters each actor plays as well as their motivations, it should bring to life a realistic point of view on the race and gender relations we have or don’t have in our country and the interwoven story is fun to see unfold.
7. Titanic (1997): We have heard all the jokes and viewed the videos pinpointing how Jack could have been saved instead of falling deeply into his watery grave, but beyond all that there is a James Cameron epic that holds up even to this day. The performances are iconic at best and the song has been heard since 1997, but just because a lot of people like it doesn’t mean it’s bad and they’re dumb.
6. Forrest Gump (1994): Once something fully embeds itself into pop-culture it’s not safe from the overly analytical paper shredders of things we like to call humans. They do this with Star Wars and they’ve done it with The Godfather and Forrest Gump is on the pantheon of pop-culture icons in film, but has instead fallen victim to nitpicking more than ever. Yes the relationship between Forrest and Jenny isn’t ideal, but without it, that story falls apart.
5. Man of Steel (2013): “Superman doesn’t kill! Why’d they make him kill Zod?!” Okay, enough with that, and please realize that change isn’t always a bad thing. It was a great arc for a near perfect character and it produced an tone for a cinematic universe that is trying to shy away from the Marvel style superhero film while still giving us the iconic hero that is superhero.
4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010): I love Harry Potter as much as the next guy and when I saw the first part of the final book adaptation I was mesmerized in the muted drama that took place in the first part of Deathly Hallows. While I love the finale, people don’t give this film credit for bringing some of the most tightly woven suspense of the film series as well as bringing tears to our eyes in more places than one.
3. Prometheus (2012): I’ll viewers this much, going into the film did you would have no idea what it was about, but once you do figure it out and tie it into the Alien franchise it should reveal itself to be a more impressive film. It’s visually stunning and the world building by Ridley Scott takes you to a place we feel like we’ve been all while presenting a new arc to an iconic horror/sci-fi masterpiece.
2. Brave (2012): I understand that this is one of the weaker showings from Pixar, but I think because we weren’t treated to the next Toy Story we made Brave more of a punchline rather than realizing how impressive even Disney’s weaker films can be. It had a strong female lead who embraced everything that she was and it has a unique tale in an era of Scotland not too many films are based. It also had one of the better shorts before it.
1. Avatar (2009): This list was literally made because of this movie. Another smash hit by director James Cameron, he takes us into a computer generated world that gave us the best (and only for me) 3D experience worth having. Instead of being impressed by all the beautiful scenery and deeply personal messages throughout the film, people prefer to compare it other movies prior. Yes, it’s similar to many Native American based films, but that’s kind of how it went for them. Enough with the comparisons and just take the spectacle/tentpole film for what it is.