Most Overrated Films of All Time

Photo Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Photo Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Logan Peterson

1) Avatar- Oh man, this movie sucks. Many people fail to see the message that director James Cameron was trying to get across; they were too busy drooling over the “wonderful” CGI. The film is so clearly about how corporations are ruining this country, as well as several more socialistic ideologies. If I wanted to listen to someone try and explain why capitalism is bad, I’d go to a Bernie Sanders rally. On a thematic level, the story is unoriginal, the acting is piss-poor, and the CGI already looks extremely dated.

2) Frozen- This film isn’t bad. In fact, it has its moments, and I can respect the filmmakers desire to make a neo-feminist Disney film. But, the stamp this film has made on pop culture is a little silly, as the story is weak and unoriginal; and many of the secondary characters are very stale. Critics called this one of the greatest Disney films of all time; frankly, I wouldn’t even put it in the top ten. And if I have to listen to “Let It Go” one more time, I’m going to lose my mind.

3) Titanic- I love Leo DiCaprio as much as the next guy, but this stiff, lifeless bore of a film is just not very good. The performances are very wooden, especially from the two leads: DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Their love story is unconvincing, and watching them parade around a ship for three plus hours gets old after a while. Don’t get me wrong, there are some incredible visual effects, but they only go so far. “Titanic” is a boring period piece with a poorly written screenplay and particularly corny performances.

4) Gravity– Here’s another film that mistakes thrills for storytelling. Sandra Bullock plays an astronaut who is caught in a destruction of debris on the International Space Station. What follows is an hour and a half of a hollow story, heavy panting, and an incredibly grating performance by Bullock. The fact that she was nominated for an Oscar for this film baffles me. Sure, the visual effects are fantastic, but there is absolutely no story to be seen and Bullock’s performance is just plain annoying.

5) Up- This is considered one of Pixar’s greatest achievements, but frankly, this film peaks in the first ten minutes. If you haven’t seen “Up” (let’s face it, you probably have), the film is about a disgruntled old man who ties balloons to his house in order to escape the mundanities of his life. There is no question that the opening sequence is a phenomenal feat in visual storytelling, but the story really peters out afterwards. The film’s antagonist is weak, the story is dull, and the performance from Jordan Nagai as the shrill boy scout Russell is particularly annoying.

6) American Hustle- Critics adored this David O. Russell directed film, which is about con artists who go undercover, but then aren’t undercover, and then maybe they are again. In case you hadn’t noticed, the story of the film is unnecessarily convoluted and the performances from Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams are hilariously over-the-top, and not in a good way. The over-indulgence of extravagant costumes and wigs make this film more like a sappy sitcom than a crime dramedy.

7) The Dark Knight Rises- This sequel to the masterpiece “The Dark Knight” is epic in its grandeur, but the film is riddled with flaws. First of all, Tom Hardy as the villain Bane does not work. His iconically comical voice has been parodied everywhere from YouTube to “South Park.” Also, there are several plot holes throughout the film that take away from the gritty realism that director Christopher Nolan established with the first two Batman films. “The Dark Knight Rises” is a decent film, but much of the bad far outweighs the good.

8) The Blind Side- How did this sappy, melodramatic, cliche film get a Best Picture nomination?? If you’re reading this, you have probably seen this film, and it’s probably one of your all-time favorites. Don’t be insulted, but this film is not good. To start, the performance from Sandra Bullock is laughable; her twangy accent and stern southern cliches make for an uninteresting and annoying character. And she WON an Oscar for this film…how?! As far as sports films go, they’re a dime a dozen, and it’s hard to find many truly great ones. This is not one of them.

9) The Blair Witch Project- I know it was an innovative film for the year 1999, but innovation doesn’t always make a great film. The shaky-cam is nauseating, and it’s hard to believe that the characters in this film were supposed to be film students, when they can’t even properly hold a video camera. The scares are cheap and limited, and the performances (or lack thereof) are not authentic. But, the biggest reason I cannot stand this film is that it started the never-ending craze of found footage filmmaking. The gimmick got old before it even started.

10) Lee Daniel’s The Butler- Excuse the arrogance of Lee Daniels, who feels he must put his name in the front of every single one of his films. Either way, this film is awards-bait central. “The Butler” tells the story of a white house butler who served eight presidents during his lifetime. The performances from top to bottom are horrible, especially John Cusack who has a brief stint as President Nixon. It’s preachy, overlong, and weakly written.