You know the drill: a movie is released, lavished
with praise from critics and mere mortal moviegoers alike and rakes in a tonne
at the box office. It might even nab an Oscar or two or at least a spot on a
few Best Films of (insert year here) lists. In short, the general consensus is
that we have just witnessed a great piece of cinema.
Soon enough though the tide starts to turn and
out of the woodwork crawl the cynics to tear the movie down. Admit
it: the inner hipster that lurks inside all of us has done it. A film becomes
wildly popular or exalted as the best thing ever and the very mention of its
name triggers a hearty eye roll from us.
But just because a film is well-liked and – dare we
say – a mainstream success it doesn’t mean it’s not a great film too. Yet there
are a tonne of movies out there – truly great movies too – that get a lot of unnecessary