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The Emperor's new movie?

Asked by zenzen (3349 points ) August 22nd, 2014

A Most Wanted Man was given such rave reviews. Some perhaps due to it being Seymour Hoffman׳s last film, but others explaining in detail why it is so brilliant. I found it to be slightly snoozeville, and I am both a Hoffman fan and a Le Carre fan. I really wanted to enjoy it, but did not.

What films have you seen lately that were raved about, alas, disapointment hitting hard and the film remaining “naked”.

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ragingloli's avatar

Boyhood. (have not seen it). Got rave reviews all around, but Mike and Jay hated it.
To paraphrase Jay, ‘It might be the most true to life movie ever made. At the end of it, you just want to die.’

ucme's avatar

I pay no attention to reviews, notoriously unreliable, I use my own judgement.
A film I thought would be good was Valkyrie, it was shit.

wildpotato's avatar

Fantastic Mr. Fox. I watched it after ragingloli said something positive about it, actually. I should have loved it, since I love everything Wes Anderson has ever done and read the book till the spine fell apart back when I was a kid. But, no. I think part of it was an inability to stop mentally picturing George Clooney whenever Mr. Fox spoke. The other thing that bothered me was how Wes Anderson-y the Fox-verse was. I love Anderson’s style, but found it kind of oppressive and over the top in this movie. It felt like he co-opted Dahl’s world rather than recreated it. And how the young fox could suddenly be an athlete after he had a heart-to-heart with his dad? Gag me with a spoon, that extra little plot was so not necessary. Dahl always avoided that sort of sentimental tripe.

Also, Frozen. That movie super-sucked. I checked it out because I usually like kid movies and because I have a friend who is an eleven year old girl. But the plot’s premise made no sense to me and it all went downhill from there. It’s like they decided to mash a lot of tropes together with some terrible songs. And there were like zero jokes or references in there for adults. Bobcat Goldthwaite should have been the voice of the snowman, at least.

Jonesn4burgers's avatar

Lincoln, with a stellar all star cast. Hand to heart, I have seen better on PBS.

ragingloli's avatar

@wildpotato
Yeah, the only good thing about Frozen was all the R34 that came afterwards.

Pachy's avatar

I, too, was disappointed with “Boyhood.” Lots of good stuff in it for sure, but for me it just dragged and wound up pretty much nowhere. Plus I wasn’t thrilled with watching the actors grow older and older and older. Ethan Hawke, for example, one of my favorite actors, once seemed perennially young to me. This movie proves he’s not.

filmfann's avatar

I am not saying this is a bad movie, but “The Notebook” was so highly recommended, I ended up quite disappointed. It was just okay.

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