Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Overhyped and Underwhelmed

With some movies there’s a lot of positivity surrounding it, with both critics and the general public loving it. There seems to be a general consensus that it’s a fantastic movie with winning characters and a good plot, and this in turn makes me want to see it. Yet more often than not, while I’m watching the movie in question I’m waiting for it to get good. And then I realize that this is the movie and I can just expect more of what I’ve already been watching and while it’s not a bad movie, it’s also not a great one—it’s just fine.

So then I feel a bit out of the loop because I’m not quite understanding why people were so “wowed” by it; perhaps the movie is better than average, but it still wouldn’t be something that I would emphatically recommend to someone. It’s a movie to watch when you’re bored or when it’s on TV, but it’s not a movie to have such strong feelings for.

The fault lies mostly with me: I expected too much. I wanted this movie to be awesome. I expected this movie to be awesome. I thought of the other movies that I consider great and expected this one to be at that same level…only it wasn’t. It’s just rather disappointing. [Sigh.] I probably would have enjoyed the movie more had I had no preconceived notions of its greatness, which only left me feeling somewhat underwhelmed and unsatisfied.

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