I recently posted a list of 5 films I like that everyone else seems to hate, so it only seems right to share the ones that I don’t like, even though everyone else seems to. Some of this can’t be explained in rational terms, it’s just instinctive, like knowing whether or not you like pickled onions (I don’t, by the way). Anyway, here we are, in no particular order…
Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy
I know a whole load of reasonable, sane and quite intelligent people who love this film. Adore it! They quote it often and at length, and were virtually over the moon when the sequel was announced. I just don’t get it, and simply find myself stony-faced whenever it’s on TV or I hear lines quoted. The humour just passes me by and my ribs remain resolutely un-tickled.
Touch of Evil
Yes, the opening shot is something to behold. The way the camera tracks along the street, following Charlton Heston and Janet Leigh, taking in all the characters on the busy street. Yes, it’s quite special. The lighting and cinematography, the direction and (some of) the performances are all good, too. I just didn’t enjoy the story, and didn’t really get on with the dialogue. I’m sure Orson Welles would give half a shit about my opinion, so it’s all good!
Being a child of the 80s, I grew up with this one so I am well aware that it holds a special place in many hearts. The lonely young boy’s unlikely friendship with the titular E.T., scream queen Dee Wallace and a tiny and ever so cute Drew Barrymore: what’s not to like? I’m not totally sure, but I just can’t stand it.
I saw this at the cinema, and while the action sequences were top-notch (well done, Richie Cunningham), the whole thing left me cold. Both James Hunt and Niki Lauda, the real-life Formula One stars of the 70s, are presented as caricatures. Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) is the slutty playboy, reckless and instinctive while Lauda (Daniel Brühl) is uptight, serious and precise. Oh, they’ll never get on, what larks!
I saw this at the cinema too, at a preview about three weeks before its general release so I can’t even say that I was disappointed that it didn’t live up to the hype. There hadn’t really been any hype at that point! I know Danny Boyle is a great director and I love a lot of his other stuff, but not this. The lead character is a drip, the romance is saccharine and the story is too incredible for one that so badly wants us to believe.
So, which crowd-pleasers don’t you like…?