Well, maybe not “ruined”, as such, but made less effective.
Turner Classic Movies is running a “31 Days of Oscar” festival where they play past Oscar nominees back to back to back, etc. Last night, “The Way We Were” was on and we sat and watched it.
TWWW is a very good movie, and I’m sure I would have been misty-eyed at the end…if every time the title song swelled in the background I weren’t having Lisa Loopner (Gilda Radner’s nerdy tween-girl character) melodramatically singing the words while sobbing hysterically.
Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah is a powerful song. Then they had to put it in every movie ever made. At some point you would think the producers would say “This was in Shrek? Maybe we should find something else.”
A snob indeed, because opera companies almost NEVER stage Rossini’s “William Tell” any more. So, even an ardent opera fan has probably never seen “William Tell” or heard any part of it except the Overture.
And even that ardent opera fan only knows the Overture because of the Lone Ranger.