Most Overrated Films of 2014
Other Contenders (in alphabetical order)
Big Hero 6 (C+) ---- The Boxtrolls (B-) (SoN)
Get On Up (D) ---- Grand Budapest Hotel (B-)
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (B-) (SoN) ---- Inherent Vice (D)
Love Is Strange (C+) ---- Obvious Child (C-) (SoA)
Pride (C+) ---- Wild (C+)
#5 - Boyhood -- B
After a slow start, Boyhood really kicked into gear. While I would've much preferred this to win Best Picture over the eventual winner, there were still many other films I would've rather awarded the prize.
#4 - The Lego Movie -- C+
2014 was an incredibly poor year for animation. Not a single animated film garnered a higher grade than a 'B-' from me. The Lego Movie, however, was the biggest hit of them all and I found it rather empty and monotonous at times. (SoN)
#3 - Guardians of the Galaxy -- B-
A fun romp, for sure, but I didn't quite understand all the hoopla surrounding it. Sure, they injected a bit more humor into it than your typical Marvel movie, but the same formula was essentially followed. The wheel wasn't exactly reinvented here.
#2 - American Sniper -- C+
How this became the #1 film of 2014 I'll never know. While "acceptable," Clint Eastwood as a director fails to resonate with me, failing to create palpable excitement in his films and American Sniper is unfortunately no exception.
#1 - Birdman -- C+
In retrospect, I think my 'C+' rating is a bit high on this one, tainted by the fact that as I watched it, I felt as if I had to like it because all the other critics did. Quite frankly, I just didn't get Birdman. Perhaps a second watch may help me understand things more, but I don't want to give it a second go. Michael Keaton was solid and the unique direction helped things (and therein is the reason I went with the 'C+'), but beyond that, I found myself wondering why in the world this Best Picture winner was so amazing.