I usually try to find something I like in movies, books, etc., even when I don’t like the work overall. Liking things is more enjoyable than disliking things. For me, this is especially the case with movies. I don’t get to go to the movies very often anymore, so when I do, I try to enjoy something even if the movie is crap overall. I’m getting away for a rare trip to the cinema, I’m paying a babysitter, by God I’m going to find something to enjoy!
I really didn’t like Eddie the Eagle. I found it hokey and predictable, and it strayed so far from the facts as to invent a major American character out of whole cloth. And I thought the portrayal of Eddie was simplistic verging on patronizing. Just not a very good movie at all. But… the ski jumping scenes were damned awesome. They were beautifully shot and really exciting. They should have just put 90 minutes of ski jumps to film and had the real Eddie the Eagle provide color commentary.
I hated Avatar. I thought the story was cliched and obvious, and the animation/effects were distracting and overdone rather than engaging. The dialogue was forgettable at best, and the acting didn’t grab me. But…I thought Giovanni Ribisi did a great job with his character. He nailed the banality of evil. And I liked the one Sam Worthington monologue where he asks something like, “what do we have that they [the Na’avi] want? Blue jeans?” I thought that was an interesting commentary on the US’ interactions with countries that don’t share the desires and assumptions that motivate us.
The movie version of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was awful. Boring, cloying, and heavy handed. I’m not all that enamored of the source material, and I disliked almost everything about this movie. But… I got through it by watching Tilda Swinton. Great casting. And I really liked her costuming and makeup. I think the makeup people even put icicles in her eyelashes. That was a nice touch. She was a very good Winter Witch.
This thread isn’t meant to be limited to movies. Those are just the examples I could come up with at the moment.
Have at it.