Biggest movie Disappointments

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I saw it as a fifteen year old media student in the mid nineties. I thought it was dull, pretentious and generally poor
 

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"Citizen Kane"

....but quite frankly it really hasn't stood the test of time compared to other greats from the golden age, that I believe are far superior in every way

I agree - from that era, I'd much rather watch Bogie in Casablanca and The Maltese Facon or Errol Flynn in The Sea Hawk again rather than be bored by Orson Welles. What you must remember, though, is that the vast majority of these "Best Film Ever Made" polls are by critics, not the public: they tend to place films such as Gone with the Wind, The Godfather and Roman Holiday in the "Best Film Ever" category.
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I agree - from that era, I'd much rather watch Bogie in Casablanca and The Maltese Facon or Errol Flynn in The Sea Hawk again rather than be bored by Orson Welles. What you must remember, though, is that the vast majority of these "Best Film Ever Made" polls are by critics, not the public: they tend to place films such as Gone with the Wind, The Godfather and Roman Holiday in the "Best Film Ever" category.

Who are the 'they' you speak of? Cause I'm not a film critic, but Gone with the Wind I really enjoyed tremendously and The Godfather is genius (although Godfather II is better) and I'd put both of those in my 'top list' of best films ever.
 

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Umm - so you're agreeing with me?

If you look at the source I quoted, it clearly shows the difference between critics polls, and those such as magazine reader polls...
 

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Umm - so you're agreeing with me?

If you look at the source I quoted, it clearly shows the difference between critics polls, and those such as magazine reader polls...

I couldn't work out if you meant that critics had said the movies you'd listed were great or it was the public, plus the source definitely wasn't there when I first saw your post. :)
 

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My apologies - I posted, then realised I'd omitted the source, then edited and added it. You must have tiptoed in between...;):)
 

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The new Star Wars Sequel Trilogy comes immediately to mind.

Don't get me wrong, I have enjoyed them and would watch them again. I totally get that 40 years of OT idolatry would make any attempt at a sequel difficult to swallow but to me, The Force Awakens was a simple remake. I did like the fact that they tried to do something different with The Last Jedi and I am delighted to read that the Solo and the Skywalker story will finish after the third instalment. I'm quite excited to see how Disney treats the Star Wars Franchise after that. It is a big universe, after all. (As a Millennium Falcon collector, I am worried that she'll be destroyed in the third act. :( )
 

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My apologies - I posted, then realised I'd omitted the source, then edited and added it. You must have tiptoed in between...;):)

Slightly OT, but I was thinking about this this morning...

I do think it depends on what you're voting for in these lists. My list of favourite films would have a great many films that wouldn't necessarily be on my list of 'Best' films.

Case in point, the poll the BBC did at the turn of the millennium for the nation's favourite book (The Big Read) returned Lord of the Rings at number one. Now I can understand why it's a favourite, personally having a soft spot for the lore and the expository bits, and why it did so well...but there's loads of books I think are better written and worthier of the Best moniker.

Anyway back OT

I know it's a bit broken record but Rodders talking about Star Wars makes me think of The Phantom Menace followed up by the straw that broke this camel's back The Attack of the Clones. I feel asleep during the second one in the cinema. Sometimes you should just leave your childhood alone!
 

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Who are the 'they' you speak of? Cause I'm not a film critic, but Gone with the Wind I really enjoyed tremendously and The Godfather is genius (although Godfather II is better) and I'd put both of those in my 'top list' of best films ever.

Godfather III was a major disappointment.
 
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But disappointment doesn't necessarily mean bad, right?

Stallone's Judge Dredd was a bit of a disappointment. I enjoyed it and it remains a guilty pleasure of mine. Mega City 1 looked amazing.

Alien: Prometheus was a huge disappointment. I preferred Alien: Convenant and with a little better editing, i thought it could've been great. Same with Alien 3.

As a life long Star Wars fan, the Sequel Trilogy was very disappionting. I remember going to the cinema to see Caravan of Courage and being hugely let down. :)

Terminator Rise of the Machines. (Some might say that Terminator: Salvation should be here as well, but i really enjoyed that one.)
 

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Godzilla (2014) - Horrid movie with a nauseous script. Godzilla was not even in the movie much. I was bored watching this flick. I disliked all the characters. I wanted everyone to be eaten. Or at least. stepped on.

Godzilla vs Kong
(2021) - Another waste of time for this fan of the big mutant lizard. Too bad, because 2019 Godzilla: King of the Monsters was pretty good. Even the campy 1963 King Kong vs Godzilla was far more fun watching than this 2021 junk.

Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) - I agree with actor Chris Hemsworth, who played Thor. "I didn't like this film." Too bad, because this movie did have potential, but crapped out with a horrendous script.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) - I could have easily told the owners of Marvel to not create another story arc. Just make a good movie from any of the great comic books from the past. But unfortunately like so many other things Disney has grasped recently, it turns into unwanted sludge.
 

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The Phantom Menace


And a film I saw after hearing about it for decades
Captain Kronos, Vampire Hunter

Swashbuckler vs vampires conjured the image of some guy swinging on chandeliers in a room full of vampires and dueling them with swords etc.
The actual film was such a far cry from that, I was disappointed.
 

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I think there are maybe a handful of the various Marvel films that are enjoyable. Hugh Jackman plays the least confident Wolverine of all time. Too bad Bob Hoskins wasn't born 30 years later. Some of the later Spider-Mans are okay, but he's living off Tony Stark tech. Iron Man was fun.

Blade is the only one I really think was great.


I wish someone would seriously adapt '80s Chris Clairmont stuff when everything was weird and cool.
 

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Jackman was the "romantic leading man" version of Wolverine. Dougray Scott was supposed to be cast but had to skip it due to Mission Impossible 2 reshoots so they had already planned to use someone different from the comic. The cartoon version reminded me a lot of Charles McGraw. He had the perfect voice for Wolverine. Hoskins would have been a stronger presence but not as emo as Jackman which I guess is what Singer wanted.
I doubt he would have had Hoskins running naked down a corridor.

The ironic part is that Jackman pretty much stole the movies because of his casting. He became the focus totally.
I was never a fan of X-men so didn't care what they did.

Spider-man disappointed me quite a bit actually because they deviated from the comic origin in important ways.
There's a lot I hated about that movie now that I think about it.
 

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Wasn't as good as the first film .


The Phantom Menace
Was an an enormous disappointment for a multitude of reasons . The story sucked, the acting sucked and of course there was the abomination known as Jar Jar Binks The sad part is that this stinker of a movie was a box office hit . The franchise would have been far better served had it flopped



And a film I saw after hearing about it for decades
Captain Kronos, Vampire Hunter

Swashbuckler vs vampires conjured the image of some guy swinging on chandeliers in a room full of vampires and dueling them with swords etc.
The actual film was such a far cry from that, I was disappointed.
A not very good film.
 

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Masters of the Universe [1987]
[I'm sure I saw it as He-Man: Masters of the Universe]
It was the first film I came out of the cinema and thought "meah". It wasn't bad. It just wasn't good.
Not it wasn't what I expected/wanted. It tries to be big and epic, but still not scare too much as it's roots are in a kids TV show. There was no jeopardy. It ended up feeling sort of cosy and not very dramatic.
I watched it fairly recently and it still isn't a bad film but it's tone is still all over the place. I think Chelsea Field [Teela] gets some of the best lines but I can't remember them.
The exact opposite happened when a friend and about the same time [1987] made me go with them to see a "documentary" on 60s Blues music in Chicago and got me to watch The Blues Brothers.
Jaws were dropped and Flabbers were gasted!
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