10 modern movies everyone seems to love or despise
Art is subjective – some people are impressed by creations that others see no value in. The emotions produced by a work of art are not meant to work for everyone in the same way, which is particularly evident in the field of cinema. Movies have become the dominant form of entertainment over the past century, with hundreds of thousands produced since the inception of the medium.
Interestingly, there are a few films that are both loved and despised, a conflict that serves to underscore the strength of their narrative convictions. While some critically-loved films are loathed by audiences, it’s just as interesting to consider those that viewers themselves can’t agree on.
ten Lost In Translation (2003) is considered loaded and problematic by some viewers
that of Sofia Coppola Lost in translation is in part a tribute to Tokyo, where the film is set. The film is well known for its unorthodox exploration of romantic relationships in the absence of familiar social elements.
Coppola, Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson were each praised for their respective roles in the film, although a few viewers found the unconscious comparisons to Japanese culture loaded and problematic. Lost in translation can be read through multiple lenses, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
9 Titanic (1997) was voted the worst movie ever made in a BBC poll
Titanic is by far the most extravagant disaster movie in cinema history – a huge budget that thankfully resulted in much bigger profits at the box office. Visual effects are a masterclass in technical skills, generating an incredibly authentic portrayal of the original event.
On the flip side, many thought the script and plot were relatively less punchy, disparaging the romantic aspects of Titanic while admiring the action. Paradoxically to its success, the film was “voted the worst film of all time by viewers of BBC One’s Film 2003”.
8 Mother! (2017) emitted vibrations of horror that did not meet the public’s expectations
Darren Aronofsky is known for his offbeat storytelling style, which is best exemplified by Mother!. It starts off as a thriller, with weird visitors stalking the house the whole narrative takes place in, but quickly turns into something radically different.
Mother! is a Christian allegory filled with scenes of unbridled brutality, a combination that many viewers (and critics) have found “as honestly disturbing as it is gaudy.” One of the reasons for the public’s annoyance was the trailer, whose undeniable horror vibe fell short of expectations.
7 The Hateful Eight (2015) is inconsistent and potentially problematic
Tarantino has produced several masterpieces—Reservoir dogs (1992), pulp Fiction (1993), Jackie Brown (1997) —but The Hateful Eight is a whole different matter. The film divided critical opinion in the middle, with Peter Bradshaw calling it “intimate but strangely colossal”, and Owen Gleiberman firmly stating that it was “Tarantino’s worst film”.
The public also found The Hateful Eight be inconsistent, applauding the film’s spectacular performance but snubbing its one-dimensional portrayal of race relations.
6 Star Wars: the Last Jedi (2017) has moved away from the franchise’s dynastic stereotypes
There’s no Star wars film as controversial as that of Rian Johnson The Last Jedi, although a large portion of viewers enjoyed their experience of the film. Critics celebrated his departure from dynastic stereotypes rooted by The Last Jedi, but some fans found this change infuriating (and contrary to pre-set expectations).
The film earned insanely low user scores on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, in part thanks to a coordinated “review bombing campaign”, a clear indicator of The Last Jedicontroversial components.
5 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004) can be seen through diametrically opposed perspectives
Eternal Sunshine of the Flawless Spirit sci-fi clubs with romance with great finesse, garnering massive praise from almost every source. Although “formally and conceptually complicated,” the film disturbed a notable segment of its audience with its ambiguous and painful ending.
Eternal Sunshine of the Flawless Spirit can be seen as a triumph of love against thick and thin as well as a clinical exploration of the realities of romance, two diametrically opposed perspectives that may or may not be resolved (depending on personal opinion).
4 Eyes Wide Shut (1999) Alienated Several Members of Its Audience
The latest film by famous director Stanley Kubrick, Eyes wide closed is an “intense study of the human psyche” which “creates[s] an almost hypnotic atmosphere of desire and dread mingled. “
Both Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman’s performances have been billed as some of the best of their careers, but the film’s borderline eccentric narrative, icy pace, and “melodramatic tension” alienated many of its audiences. Eyes wide closed gradually entered cult territory over time.
3 La La Land’s lack of racial awareness (2016) is troubling
that of Damien Chazelle La La Land earned 14 Oscar nominations (a record shared only with All about Eve (1950) and Titanic), but lost the best feature film to Moonlight (2016) after an announcer accidentally declared him the winner, at one of the weirdest Oscar ceremonies.
La La Land is a whimsical musical held by the magical chemistry between Ryan Gosling and the characters of Emma Stone, and it truly deserves most of the praise it receives. However, some have found the film’s lack of racial awareness disturbing, especially since it is about jazz.
2 Requiem For A Dream (2000) is lost in the splendor of its cinema
Requiem for a dream is a tough movie to watch, regardless of any one’s experience with the subject matter of the story – the devastating impact of addiction on those who are unable to escape. Ellen Burstyn was honored for her heartbreaking performance, thus receiving an Oscar nomination.
On the other end of the spectrum, the public felt that Requiem for a dream was so lost in the splendor of its realization that it took away the emotional heart of the story.
1 Prometheus (2012) was a financial triumph that many viewers saw as a watered-down prequel
The Extraterrestrial tetralogy is best known for its first two films, directed by Ridley Scott and James Cameron respectively. Its third and fourth installments received far less praise, despite David Fincher and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s unique views on the script.
As such, Prometheus was already on fine ice when it came out fifteen years later Alien Resurrection (1997). While the first prequel to Extraterrestrial was a financial triumph, many viewers see it as a watered-down attempt to rekindle the iconic franchise.
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