In the past year, I’ve seen a few movies that I’d heard a lot about, sometimes in a gushing, “You’ve gotta see this!” way. Some I appreciated, but more often, they did not live up to the hype.
Amelie: It was very clever. Problem is, clever is all it was, to not much point. Okay, she affected other people’s lives, but to what purpose? What was the use of getting those two people together, if they just kept sniping at each other the same way they’d been doing? The fake letter from the dead husband could easily have backfired and made the wife/widow feel even worse. And the guy Amelie chose for herself? I’ll never understand why she pretended not to be who he was looking for when he came to the cafe. The intro grabbed me, as I’m sure it did most people, but there were no satisfying payoffs. IMO, anyway.
Grand Budapest Hotel. Didn’t think it was funny. Didn’t laugh once; didn’t even think, “Oh, that’s brilliant.” I gather it was a satire, but I guess I’m not familiar with what was being satirized.
Withnail and I. Argh. I do not think incompetence is funny. “Okay, I get it,” I said early on. “Everything these guys try to do, they’re gonna f it up.” But that’s not interesting or amusing to me. I just wanted to knock them both into a wall and spackle them in. I kept scanning through to get to the scenes with Richard Griffiths, and then I didn’t think those were funny either. It’s ironic, because if I’d seen this when it was new and I was a teenager, I might have enjoyed it. Or, maybe not.
Anyone have that experience – for years, people told you this movie is essential, it will rock your world, see it or be square? And then you did see it, and reacted thusly?