Every year, there are thousands of movies that are released and people flock to theatres to watch it. These movies can either be a box office hit like Avengers: Endgame, or they could completely bomb. In terms of overrated movies, overrated is a relative term, and it depends on personal taste. So, here are the most overrated movies.
Starting the list off is Roman Polanski’s incredibly lauded “Chinatown”, released to near universal acclaim in 1976. The film chronicles the procedurals of PI Jake Gittes, hired by one Mrs Mulwray to investigate her husband, an executive deeply involved with Californian water reserves. When another woman shows up and claims to be the real Mrs Mulwray, Jake realizes he’s been set up and goes further down the rabbit hole to finish the case.
The premise seemed fascinating but it spiralled off into a tonally mismatched bore fest. While Chinatown” is an admirable film, the characters motivations are borderline bizarre. Characters constantly withhold important information from one another to the point where everyone seems so duplicitous .
Furthermore, while many claim it to be one of Polanski’s greater efforts, his directing is far from memorable here. There’s a distinct clash between his modernist sensibilities and his very honorable attempt at crafting a classic noir film, but it all kind of backfires.
This movie was seriously hyped up! For one thing, the movie is extremely slow to where it’s extremely hard to pay attention, and the plot has no real sense to it. I understand that the movie is trying to follow the quantum theory, however, the way the movie presents it makes no sense, even someone who understands the quantum theory! Because of its slow nonexistent plot, it’s one of the top overrated movies of all time.
The film meandered, poorly-scripted and/or poorly acted voice-over narrative that not only lacks resonance, but plausibility. There was a bit of Overacting. There might well be a reason that Joe Pesci doesn’t get much work these days. Liotta chews the scenery, and most of the parts are not coaxed into the kind of performances that make this a memorable movie. The movie does away with the cool mystique of the mafia that The Godfather accomplished. Not even Robert DeNiro could be the movie’s saving grace.
“Twilight” was one of the biggest movie franchises for middle schoolers and teens. A young child, who enjoyed the books, would probably appreciate the movie. However, watching as an adult, the movies are nowhere close to the best. The acting was bland and wooden and the cliques and plot were very stereotypical.
This is another very long, hard-to-follow film. There were so many long-time fans of the “Alien” franchise who were fixated on this movie. Alien” is an iconic horror movie and “Prometheus” was supposed to be the prequel. However, it takes the one thing that made the “Alien” movies great and destroys it. The reason why the “Alien” movies were scary or at least suspenseful was that the alien creature was very mysterious where the audience had no idea what it was or where it came from, which then played on the audience’s fear of the unknown. Because the movie tries to over-explain the alien creature in a very nonsensical way, it makes it one of the most overrated movies of all time.
This movie had a lot of similarities to the movie “Space Odyssey” where it has great visual effects but can be very slow at times. The one huge criticism I have for this movie is that it is one of the slowest moving films of all time. In addition, even though the visual effects were great, there were so many things in the plot that didn’t add up. Like how the main character, Cooper, was able to pilot a spaceship perfectly without any prior experience. He also just miraculously escaped a black hole and then was found easily by a human spaceship. There’s no consideration for how hard it would be to find a random tiny human floating in space.
“Prisoners” had a great premise of a father searching for his missing daughter. He goes on a quest to hunt down the person responsible for his child’s disappearance. Where it becomes convoluted is when he decides to kidnap someone who was previously found to have nothing to do with his child’s disappearance and decides to take matters into his own hands.
It sends out the wrong message of taking the law into your hands by torturing someone to death without proof that they were responsible for the child’s disappearance? The movie made no attempt to show how morally unjust this is. In the end, it seems that the main character is almost presented as some sort of hero, which is almost too sickening to watch.
8. Blair Witch Project
“The Blair Witch Project” was supposed to be an experiment of a new type of filming, the found footage format. This movie was about a group of college students who mysteriously disappeared after travelling to a small town to do a documentary about a child murdering witch.
The trailers were truly terrifying, and the movie inspired countless parodies and comedy skits, making it a permanent staple of pop culture forever after.
Unfortunately, the actual film itself was just a group of people lost in the woods hearing scary noises. Nothing is ever really seen throughout the film, and the fear factor is replace by nausea. Evidently, nobody was ready for the found footage format as motion sickness was caused by the constant shaky cam.
This movie contained scene of extremely violent imagery and the symbolism. However, the sense of abstraction was lost on the masses and its central metaphor is broken.
In brief, the movie is about a famous poet and his wife (only credited as Him and Mother) who live in a nice house out in the country. One day another couple, completely unknown to Mother, moves in and gets increasingly obnoxious until they cause damage and the poet kicks them out. Then Mother gets pregnant while Him finishes his masterpiece. This causes large crowds of increasingly violent fans to swarm the house until they kill the couple’s child and eat it. So, Mother destroys the house. Then we see the house recreated and the process begins again.
According to director Darren Aronofsky, the movie is a biblical metaphor and it also serves as an environmental film. However, the average audience was not quite ready for the abstract concept presented by the movie.
10. Citizen Kane
One of the main problems with the movie is its supposed innovative story structure. From the beginning, Charles Foster Kane is dead, leaving behind a mystery of why his last word was Rosebud. It is already known what happens to the central figure of the film from the beginning, removing much of the suspense. The reporter figure who functions as the protagonist for much of the film approaches the story with a sort of ironic detachment, meaning there’s no emotional cipher for the story, making it almost impossible for the viewer to get invested.
Kane himself does not have the most compelling of arcs. He achieves great wealth through no effort of his own right away, and seems to spend his youth trying to paint himself as a plucky underdog even though his fortune means nothing is really on the line for him, even as he suffers his supposedly tragic setbacks that result from his hubris. Even many mediocre films can get audiences invested by making the events a matter of literal life or death for the characters. Unfortunately Welles and company seemed to be too busy being clever to make their movie more than an academic exercise for many moviegoers today. Even Ingmar Bergman, hardly a director known for a short attention span, dismissed it as a total bore.