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Sunday, September 18, 2016

The 2015 RyMickey Awards - Most Overrated Film

Tomorrow we move on to the more positive awards, but we'll wallow in the disappointment for one more day.  It should be noted that I didn't necessarily dislike the films below.  This category highlights either critically-praised or audience-beloved flicks that just didn't live up to their hype.

Most Overrated Films of 2015

Other Contenders (in alphabetical order)
50 Shades of Grey (C-)    ----    Clouds of Sils Maria (D+)
The Danish Girl (D+)    ----    Inside Out (B+)    ----    Southpaw (D+)
Trumbo (C-)    ----    Youth (C-)

#5 - The Revenant - C+
I recognize the quality filmmaking and there are some captivatingly stellar scenes.  However, this one was overpraised by the critics last year and the fact that this long, boring movie made so much money in the US and was in a very tight race for Best Picture is astounding to me.  I must succumb to the fact that I must not be a fan of director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu anymore despite liking a lot of his earlier English-language work.

#4 - The Big Short - B-
Well-made, well-written, and well-acted, The Big Short just didn't connect with me on a story level.  With personally no attachment to the financial crisis depicted, the film needed to reel me in and it didn't quite do that.

#3 - It Follows - C
Highly praised as being one of the best horror films in years, It Follows simply wasn't scary to me which is inherently necessary for me for a film in this genre to succeed.

#2 - Carol - C-
The critics loved this one, but I found it incredibly dull.  The performances by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara were both fine, but they were overpraised.  The lifelessness of everything onscreen failed to draw me in and capture my attention.

The most rewarded film at last year's Academy Awards, Mad Max: Fury Road has some fine technical aspects going for it -- awesome special effects, costumes, and production design -- but when you get down to the crux of its story, it's really just one extended chase sequence for two hours.  Character development is attempted but unsuccessful.  Director and co-writer George Miller seems to have had the attitude of "Let's throw everything at the wall and see what sticks."  And then he proceeded to think that everything stuck because as his camera zigs and zags crazily through the insanity he's created onscreen, he seems to hope that the audience can't see all the nuttiness he's left scattered throughout.

Previous Most Overrated "Winners"
2014    ----    2013    ----    2012

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