Do you ever read movie reviews? One of the apps on my phone automatically gives me the ratings when I look up movie schedules. It’s kind of annoying because I think it’s human nature to want to go with the flow, so to speak. We expect to like movies that get good reviews and likewise expect to not like movies that don’t. In any case it’s not completely unusual for me to totally disagree with the majority. So I picked 5 movies that popped into my head – some I loved, some I hated to see where they fell on the consensus that is Rotten Tomatoes. So let’s see how I did.
First up is Where the Heart is. Now I’ve never read the book, but I totally loved the movie. It’s quirky and delightful and oh-so-romantic. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a whopping 35% which has it firmly in the green tomato category. Bummer. I mean, really what is not to love? NovaLee, Forney, Wal-Mart? It’s just good stuff.
Next I’ll check a movie that won a ton of awards, but of course, I hated. American Beauty. Now, I’m not an idiot, I can acknowledge when actors give good performances. I didn’t think this was a bad movie because it wasn’t well-done, I just didn’t like it. Didn’t like the message and frankly it made me feel all kinds of icky who over-the-moon people acted when the movie came out, like it was some representation of our reality. It certainly didn’t represent my reality. And Rotten Tomatoes gives is a lovely 88%, firmly in the juicy, red tomato category.
While I’m thinking about movies that I didn’t like, my mind immediately lands on The Watchmen. Now I told The Professor I knew I wouldn’t like it from the previews, but he really wanted to see it so I agreed. I didn’t realize that I wouldn’t just not like it, but rather I’d totally 100% hate it. I thought it was horrible. Let’s forget, for a moment, the giant naked blue guy, the rest of the characters are totally unlikeable. It was a depressing view of humanity and bleck. Rotten Tomatoes – 64%.
You know those movies that you love? The ones that if you run across them playing on TV, you’ll stop and watch it no matter what, even though you own the DVD? Yeah, well, I have a few of those and one of them is Six Days, Seven Nights with Anne Heche and Harrison Ford. It’s so delightful I can scarcely stand it. The dialogue is witty and sharp and the plot is fun and flirty. It’s everything I love about romantic comedies and well, Rotten Tomatoes gives is a big ugly 36%! What?!
Which brings me to Warm Bodies – I was trying to think of a fairly recent movie to see how I hold up to the current critics since most of the other movies I’ve mentioned are a few years old. I was totally ready to see this at the theatre, but couldn’t convince The Professor to go because he’s generally not a fan of zombie movies while I tend to find them rather entertaining. But we did watch it on PPV at home and low and behold it was better than I thought and my dear beloved thought it was great. HA! In any case it was much deeper than either of us anticipated and ultimately was a beautiful tale of what it really means to be human. And wouldn’t you know it, the critics and I finally agree on something. Rotten Tomatoes gave this 81%.
How about you? Do you ever read movie reviews? Do you find your taste runs with the critics or are you like me and you favor movies that don’t necessarily rank so highly with the powers that be?