A friend (on Facebook) challenged me to list five films I like that everyone else seems to hate. This was really hard, and has taken an awful lot of thought so I wanted to share it with you guys too. It’s worth noting that a list of films I hate that everyone loves, would be a piece of piss! Maybe I’ll do that next. Anyway, after a struggle I’ve come up with five: in no particular order…
1. Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
This one gets a lot of stick, but I like it. It has Johnny Depp doing a terrible English accent. Helena Bonham Carter doing a terrible English accent (even though she‘s English, so she should know better). Sacha Baron Cohen doing a terrible Italian accent (just to mix it up). It has singing, and blood and guts, and inadvertent cannibalism. What more do you people want?
2. The Wicker Man (remake)
I don’t think I need to explain myself
3. Demolition Man
So 90s it hurts! This is apparently what we thought the future would be like back in 1993: no swearing, no junk food, no sex, no crime no doing anything bad for you, basically. A place where the only restaurant is Taco Bell, rebels who want to eat meat have to live underground, and you have to thaw out a cryogenically frozen bad guy and renegade cop if you want some action.
4. From Hell
More Johnny Depp (oh, how I love that man) and another bad cockney twang. He’s joined by Heather Graham.
this time, who does a pretty fine bad East End accent herself. Does this film unravel the mystery of Saucy Jack’s hitherto unknown identity? Does it bollocks, but I had fun anyway.
5. Bram Stoker’s Dracula
What is it about an American putting on a dodgy English accent that is so damn fun? I don’t know, but Keanu Reeves does a fantastically bad job here. It has Gary Oldman too, and he’s a legend, so that’s good enough for me.
Which films do you like that everyone else seems to hate?