The world of cinema has a good share of films that received heaps of fame they might not have entirely deserved. Fans on an online forum have their own opinions, and they don’t hold back. Here, we’ll give you 12 movies movie buffs don’t think live up to the hype.
1. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)
The first Black Panther film was received well. Great story, fantastic reviews, and Chadwick Boseman totally won our hearts. But you know what? Some fans felt that the second part was forced on them. The potential was in the storyline, but they couldn’t do it justice.
And let’s not forget about Killmonger — people wanted to see more of him on the screen. One user opines the movie was “Basically teen hack writing. They write, “I understood the predictable outcome. It doesn’t deserve any nomination; it’s just an average story, to be honest, with average actors.” Tough crowd!
2. Avatar: The Way of Water (2022)
James Cameron deserves applause for the mind-blowing effects and visuals in Avatar. However, sometimes visuals alone can’t carry a movie. It felt like the story was a bit, well, familiar — a recycled formula we’ve seen before. And the characters felt a little flat, making the whole film a bit tiresome.
Sure, people went for the breathtaking visual experience. For many others who wanted something fresh, it felt like a glorified three-hour TV commercial. Some viewers couldn’t help but feel a little letdown.
3. La La Land (2016)
La La Land got all the fanfare among industry folks. It really struck a chord with the voters, no doubt about that. But the message and story felt all too familiar. Like, we’ve seen this love story countless times before, you know? Halfway through, we could already predict the ending. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone were brilliant, and their performances carried the movie. But without them, some believe it might not have received all that recognition.
4. The Notebook (2004)
This was supposed to be a classic romance, but we couldn’t help feeling sorry for Lon because there was nothing romantic about Allie doing those scenes with Noah when she had a fiance (Lon).
He was good to Allie, but what did he get in return? Her unfaithfulness. That didn’t sit well with a few people, and we get it. Also, in those first few scenes where Noah meets Allie — it felt like he was a bit too persistent, right? Sometimes, a “no” means “no,” and Noah didn’t quite get the memo.
5. Titanic (1997)
Titanic is an epic love story that made a whole generation shed some tears. But, honestly, the love story was a tad cliché, and we all knew how it would end. Yes, the performances were top-notch; Leonardo DiCaprio did a fantastic job.
But, come on, after just a few days of knowing each other, they were already planning to run off together? Like, “Rose, you could’ve at least given it a few more weeks!” One person thinks, “Leo is a good actor, but the movie was long and boring.” We hand them over to the die-hard fans.
6. Crash (2004)
Oh boy, Crash stirred up quite a debate. For some, it felt like sanctimonious virtue signaling, and the whole “all races are human” message seemed a bit clichéd. A bit too heavy-handed, maybe? Plus, there was that one traumatizing scene where an officer assaulted Christine Thayer. It’s not an easy watch for people who can relate to that situation.
7. John Wick 4 (2023)
Suspension of belief can make a movie more captivating. John Wick 4 took it too far. The film felt overkill, and fans didn’t like how ridiculous some scenes were. What do you mean? A guy can indeed get hit by several cars and walk away like it’s nothing.
He can undoubtedly survive at least 100 times with high-velocity guns. The fans love the narrative, but they think some specific scenes are just too ridiculous. It could have been even better if they toned down on the absurdity.
8. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)
If you’ve seen this film, you’ll agree it hardly makes sense. The logic doesn’t hold up. Not even a little. It felt bland and overly long, and the story seemed to drag.
Based on a novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, it revolves around a boy obsessed with deciphering a message left by his dead father. The biggest problem with this film involves its inclusion of overly violent and obscene scenes.
9. The English Patient (1996)
A few fans online say The English Patient is pretentious and lacks depth. The producer and director also couldn’t nail a soulful adaptation of the book. We can’t hear any authentic voices from the battlefield. And Almásy dying, in the end, wasn’t received well by some fans. It kind of ruined the film.
10. The Batman (2022)
The 2022 film felt like a Batman Parody compared to other Batman films. Old-time fans and avid comic readers swear the film turned all the Batman features to insane comical levels. From the scene where Bruce Wayne yelled, “You’re not my real dad!” at Alfred, you could tell the rest of this movie might not live up to the Nolan films.
Some thought Robert Pattinson’s portrayal made Batman seem constantly drugged out. Plus, the film’s pacing was a bit slow and didn’t quite match up to the level of the previous Batman movies.
11. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
This “horror” movie just wasn’t horrifying enough. A commenter says, “You can spend about an hour waiting for something…anything to happen. Just when you think it’s coming to a big climax at the end of the house, nothing happens….big surprise!” To be fair, it’s not everyone’s definition of scary.
You should skip this movie if you find swearing teens, high-pitched, annoying girl voices, or watching a wobbly camera run through the woods at night difficult. And why would anyone in the middle of the woods throw away the only hope of finding a way around (a map)? In short, the plot was weak.
12. The Lion King (2019)
The OG The Lion King animation was great. The live-action version simply played on nostalgia. The peak dramatic moments were rushed. Many important scenes and dialogues were replaced with things that add nothing to the story. But that’s not all.
Many characters were stripped of their personalities or given more annoying ones. Timon could be better. Rafiki taught Simba nothing. Zazu lost his sarcasm and was much too serious.
Scar didn’t seem clever or sinister. He was a weak mess that even the hyenas were not afraid of. Some thought Simba came across as a mopey, spoiled kid who didn’t grow throughout the movie. The list could go on and on.
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