I watch a shit ton of movies. Some are good, and some are bad – that seems pretty obvious. There are some movies, though, that for whatever reason are often regarded as some of the best ever made, and you know what? They’re not. Here’s a few movies that are incredibly overrated. I do want to note, though, that just because I’m saying they’re overrated doesn’t mean that they’re bad movies. It just means that if someone tells you it’s the greatest ever made, you don’t have to go rushing to watch it.
Forrest Gump (1994)
I genuinely love this movie, and if you haven’t seen it, I think you should definitely watch it. But it’s also one of the most criminally overrated movies ever made. It’s long and the acting is pretty good, but I think if someone walked up to me and said it was the best movie ever made I’d kick whoever it is straight in the throat. It undeservingly won Best Picture when it came out, and you’re a fool if you think The Shawshank Redemptiondidn’t deserve to win instead.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Quentin Tarantino is one of my favorite directors of all time and I absolutely love Pulp Fiction, but let’s get something straight: to say that it’s the greatest movie of all time (which is a claim that many people make) is completely ridiculous. It’s not even Tarantino’s best movie. Watch Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction back to back, and it will be blatantly obvious which one is better.
Every male born before 1965 will tell you that Jaws is the greatest movie ever made. They’re all wrong. It’s a fun watch, but that’s about as much as I can say for it. I can appreciate that it was definitely groundbreaking at the time, but it really doesn’t hold up as well as the old heads think it does forty-five years later. The effects are nothing compared to what we have today, and the story is only slightly above average. Couple that with the fact that it went on to have who knows how many sequels that all were pretty garbage, and you’ve got a truly overrated movie.
A Star is Born (2018)
Not only is this movie overrated, but I think it’s just bad in general. The music is really cool throughout, but other than that, I find it hard to appreciate anything except Bradley Cooper’s acting. It wasn’t Lady Gaga’s fault that the movie was bad – that credit goes to the writers who had an original AND a remake to improve on and still created more than two hours of boredom – but I thought that she was incredibly overhyped in regard to being in this movie. Not even worth the watch.
What would happen if you pretty much tried to make The Hangover with women, but you give it a terrible screenplay and make it completely unfunny. You’d get Bridesmaids. This is just a bad movie from start to finish. I laughed maybe twice during the entire film. I’m sure it made tons of money, so no loss to the creators and actors, but holy shit is it fucking terrible.
The Matrix (1999)
Keanu Reeves is cool as shit, but let’s not pretend like he’s a world-class actor. He should’ve stuck to Point Break/Bill and Ted type roles, but he’s in The Matrix – and he’s not even the issue. The issue is that it’s a confusing story with no real point, and the fact that they’re making a fourth one after I painfully endured the two garbage sequels makes me genuinely upset.