So, I learned recently that everyone was curious what my favorite hated movies were. Man, I had to think about this long and hard because I rarely find a movie that I hate. Let the comments and backlash begin because here are my top 10 favorite hated movies!
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10) Pacific Rim (2013) – People were expecting more depth to Pacific Rim, given Guillermo Del Toro matched style with substance in Pan’s Labyrinth (2006). They didn’t want cheese action movie one-liners or cliched voiceover narrations, but have they seen giant monster movies? Monster movies are meant to be cheesy and Del Toro embraces the cheese factor, delivering one badass and visually stunning monster movie. Seriously, why was The Lone Ranger (2013) nominated for visual effects and not this?
9) Funny People (2009) – With Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen acting alongside each other in a movie about stand-up comedy, there was hype. Audiences were ultimately disappointed when they got a drama about a cancer-diagnosed narcissist; the 2 1/12 hour-running time didn’t help either. This is Adam Sandler’s last good movie and one of his best. Yeah, there are times it feels like we’re watching Adam Sandler, but we’re mostly watching a guy who doesn’t know how to be a good person. Judd Apatow also wrote the script as a tribute to his and Sandler’s friendship, resulting in a very personal movie.
8) Licence to Kill (1989) – Back then, no one liked the gritty and realistic Bond movies because of how unconventional and hapless they were. Licence to Kill is no exception, as we follow the polarizing Timothy Dalton seeking revenge against a drug cartel for maiming his best friend. This is one of the best Bond movies because he doesn’t rely on gadgets or liaisons. He relies on his wit and charm, going undercover as an assassin for Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi), the cartel leader. Also, that final showdown between the two shows how capably ruthless Bond is, which is the best kind of Bond.
7) Vanilla Sky (2001) – Everyone saw Vanilla Sky because it had Tom Cruise, but it left critics and audiences shrugging their shoulders. Guys, Vanilla Sky is fantastic. Cruise delivers one of his most convincing performances as a playboy who loses his mind, Cameron Diaz gives her best performance as Cruise’s stalker, and the surreal imagery, soundtrack, and Sci-Fi twist result in one crazy nightmarish experience.
6) Titan AE (2000) – Titan AE bombed in the box office and critics felt the story of an orphan searching for his lost father in the galaxy was too generic. Well, duh! Star Wars made that plot generic. But between the traditional animation blended with CG and the Dredge aliens’ design, it’s quite an experience. Plus this movie has a lot of heart, which is hard to find in genre movies these days.
5) Shutter Island (2010) – I remember posting my praise for Shutter Island on Facebook after seeing it in theaters and how everyone was telling me I was wrong. Either horror fans were disappointed in the slow-burn character study, or Scorsese fans felt it was too conventional and predictable for a Martin Scorsese picture. For me, it’s all about how you interpret the ending. If Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) was crazy all along, then yeah, that’s a let-down and cliched ending. But what if he was sane and the hospital staff manipulated him, then it’s quite a mind-trip.
4) The Cable Guy (1996) – I hope people still don’t think The Cable Guy killed Jim Carrey’s career. If anything, this movie showed Carrey had range! The Cable Guy was misunderstood due to its dark tone, mean-spirited nature, and Carrey playing a psycho stalker. The main issue was it was ahead of its time. Carrey is brilliantly creepy and darkly funny as the titular character, combining meta humor with pop culture references and physical comedy. Also, the satirical subplot with Ben Stiller as the celebrity accused of murdering his twin brother that everyone is watching on TV: genius.
3) The Fountain (2006) – Critics laughed at The Fountain, finding it pretentious. Audiences said aloud, “What the hell?” The Fountain is unrestrained at times (especially in its last twenty minutes), but the anthology of a man (Hugh Jackman) searching for immortality through three life spans kept me intrigued until the end. Especially with Present Jackman and Future Jackman’s stories because we get the impression they’re the same person. If you like hard sci-fi like I do, give The Fountain a shot.
2) Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom (1984) – I find it hard to believe people rank Crystal Skull over Temple of Doom. Yes, Willie Scott (Kate Capshaw) is a terrible and sexist character, Short Round (Jonathan Ke Quan) is a caricature, but he’s still a badass sidekick, all things considered! Driving Indiana Jones out of gunfire? Saving him from possession? Also, Temple of Doom has a more grounded story than Crystal Skull and doesn’t feel like a cop-out in its revelation like Crystal Skull. Plus the tunnel chase and bridge showdown are still thrilling today as they were when I was six!
1) Watchmen (2009) – Too violent? Too long? Too faithful to the comic? Well, Alan Moore’s classic graphic novel is a dark and epic tale that demands length and faithfulness in an on-screen adaptation. Zack Snyder reaches Kubrick levels of showmanship with his cinematography, fight scenes, and music choices. The opening credits is still one of the best opening credits sequences to date, and almost every cast choice (excluding Matthew Goode) was perfect, especially Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach.
Honorable mentions: Prometheus (2012), Tomorrowland (2015), Die Hard 2: Die Harder (1990), Starship Troopers (1997).
I know you’re all wondering now what acclaimed movies I disliked. Well, stay tuned for my top ten overrated movies!