When I read about this blogathon over at Cinematic Corner, I knew I had to do it immediately! Everyone has those films where you think, “This is not as good as people believe it to be”, or conversely, “I wish more people loved this!”. Luckily, Dell on Movies has created a blogathon where we can share these films with everyone, called the Against the Crowd blogathon. I love it!
Here are the rules if you wish to partake:
1. Pick one movie that “everyone” loves (the more iconic, the better). That movie must have a score of at least 80% on rottentomatoes.com. Tell us why you hate it.
2. Pick one movie that “everyone” hates (the more notorious, the better). That movie must have a score of less than 30% on rottentomatoes.com. Tell us why you love it.
3. Include the tomato meter scores of both movies.
I really hate…
I’m very aware that this is an unpopular opinion. It’s difficult to argue with a 93% Rotten Tomatoes score, but I firmly believe that people got caught up in the hype with this. It’s funny because the central story of American Hustle (2013) is about con artists pulling heists on everyone, and that’s exactly what the film seems to have done with the general film-viewing populus. I wrote an “Is it worth paying for a ticket?” review of it here.
I passionately dislike this film because it is so average on so many levels. The story is messy and forgettable, it has a massive plot hole that no one seems to care about, the script seems to go nowhere because director David O. Russell let his cast do whatever they wanted with their dialogue, and on top of it all, it was way too long. The four central actors – Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, and Bradley Cooper – each got an Oscar nomination for this, and it makes me so sad and angry because there is no way that their performances warranted such high praise. Actually, Christian Bale is the only actor that might have deserved it. I have no idea what the Academy were thinking for the rest of them. The fact that Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux didn’t get nominated for their beautiful performances in Blue is the Warmest Colour (2013), and this cavalcade of mediocrity did, is actually physically painful for me to think about.
On an aesthetic level, it’s amazing. Great cinematography, music choice, costuming, general 70s vibe, et cetera. And it was fun to see all of these actors interacting with one another as an ensemble. But those qualities alone do not an Oscar nomination make! Everything else is so “meh” and pointless. And that makes me hate it.
However, it is worth noting that American Hustle was nominated for ten Oscars and won a total of zero. So maybe someout out there in the Academy agrees with me that this film is just not that good.
I really love…
I’ll be the first 26-year-old idiot to confess that I still love the Spice Girls. That’s one childhood fad I don’t think I’ll ever grow out of. In addition to their stellar musical output, I actually really love their feature film, Spice World (1998). Everyone else in the entire world seems to hate it, which is fair enough. There’s just something really cheerful and charming about it that reminds me of good times, with funny moments and dumb lines of dialogue that have generally stood the test of time. For example, the moment where Victoria AKA Posh Spice yells in an unconscious hospital patient’s face, that was funny. I haven’t seen this film for a couple of years, though. The last time was when I made my partner watch it, almost as a test to see if we were cinematically compatible. Plot twist: he didn’t hate it either!
Here’s a list of some of the celebrities and musicians you can expect to see in Spice World: Roger Moore (I adore him), Stephen Fry, Elton John, Elvis Costello, Bob Geldof, Bob Hoskins, Hugh Laurie, Meatloaf, Jonathan Ross, Jennifer Saunders, Dominic West (McNulty!), Alan Cumming, Barry Humphries… the list goes on. Half of the fun when watching this film is picking out all the random cameos throughout, and the ways in which they embarrass themselves by partaking in the Spice Girls’ silly antics.
Spice World is kind of a stupid film, but it’s super cheesy and a lot of fun. At least it doesn’t take itself too seriously. I don’t mind being one of the weird people who loves this film. Good 90s memories. And technically it has the same amount of Oscars as American Hustle, so stick that in your pipe and smoke it David O. Russell.