It’s been said that the word overrated is overrated itself
and considering how often the term – and its antithesis, the underrated movie –
is bandied around in film critic circles it’s not surprising that it’s starting
to feel like a very hackneyed word. It’s become the kind of buzzword the more
cynical film buff levels at films that a lot of people, critics and general
movie-going audiences alike, tended to enjoy. Is it a bit of a snobby term? Oh
yes. Is it justified? In some cases, totally.
You see, some films kind of get a free pass to success.
Sometimes it’s because they’re part of a provenly popular studio or franchise
or because they boast acclaimed directors and actors. Often it’s because a film
offers a slightly off-centre or superior take on an overdone genre or simply
down to the fact that a film looks a hell of a lot better compared to the
abundance of awful films released around it.
Whatever the reason it’s a fact that some films, however
good they may be, don’t really deserve the massive amount of borderline
masturbatory praise they got.