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Movies that disappointed you? 
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A lot of movies end up disappointing me, actually. I find that most so-called "classics" don't live up to the hype. A lot of contemporary movies don't, either.

I don't know what happened. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for it? Maybe I just didn't get it? All I know is that it's very frustrating to see a film that you just know isn't very good get championed as "an instant classic" or "the best film of the year" by critics everywhere. Here are some of mine:
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The Godfather, Part II: I loved the original, and I really liked Part III. But what happened here? While DeNiro's flashbacks scenes were terrific, Michael's dealing and scheming in the present is pretty boring and incomprehensible. Pacino spends half the movie running around town talking to Hyman Roth and Frank Pentangeli and I have no idea what he's planning. And why
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does he kill Fredo at the end of the film? It all just seems really strange and unmotivated.

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Taxi Driver: I liked the atmosphere. That's about it. The film isn't tense, scary, or exciting.
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Travis Bickle is just some weird misanthrope who goes on a killing spree.
I loved Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Casino, and Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. I didn't "get" this one.

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Rear Window: JB's #3 of all time?! Maybe it was good for its 1954, but I can't help but find it mostly boring. The characters spend the whole film piecing together clues towards a conclusion that should be obvious in the first place, at least in this sort of film.
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(The film sort of goes on a trajectory of: "Is he a killer? He looks like a killer. Oh, I guess he is. The end.")
I liked the dialogue and the chemistry between Stewart and Kelly. I thought the scene with Kelly snooping around in the apartment is pretty suspenseful. But overall I can't help but find it pretty bland.

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The Dark Knight: I loved Batman Begins, but The Dark Knight was such a disappointment. I felt like crying coming out of the theatre. I've rewatched it twice since and I still don't like it. I have a lot of issues with the film but I'll only go into a few of them here: the action is loud, disorienting, and unsatisfying. Harvey Dent's downward arc is not convincing. Bale, Freeman, and Caine, are all criminally underused. Worst of all -- The Joker, as he exists in this film, is basically an omnipotent force of nature, and it's not interesting spending 152 minutes watching Batman, Dent, and the rest of Gotham City go up against a character that obviously cannot be beat.


Those are some movies that I've found disappointing, in spite of fan praise or positive critical consensus. What about you guys?


Mon Feb 16, 2009 2:43 pm
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Too many to mention but I think I'm going with a really controversial choice

Freddy Got Fingered - I was expecting one of the worst movies I ever seen. A movie so epic in its badness, instead it was just a bad movie that isn't epic in any way.


Mon Feb 16, 2009 2:47 pm
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Any Given Sunday - I'm a big Oliver Stone fan, as most of his movies are my all-time favorites. However-despite an very good script and an excellent cast, I was shocked at how much he completely botched this movie with his ad-nauseum camera work et al. I can understand hacks like Roland Emmerich, Chris Columbus, and Joel Schumacher doing so, b/c neither have any depth, but Oliver Stone?!?

Heaven and Earth - It was a good movie overall, but compared to Stone's other 2 movies in his Vietnam trilogy(Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July), it paled.

The Client - It was OK, but it was generic, formulaic, and very bland. Joel Schumacher, once again, shows his limitations and lack of depth as a director. The Firm and The Pelican Brief didn't exactly have world-beating scripts, but you saw how very good directors in Sydney Pollack and Alan J. Pacula raise potentially mediocre-good movies a few very good notches.

You've Got Mail - A big fan of Sleepless in Seattle, but this Hanks/Ryan/Ephron reteam was nothing but boring and stale garbage.

Absolute Power - I read somewhere that Eastwood's movies tend to go ahead of schedule and under budget...while I've liked most of his movies immensely, this was one where this extra budget money SHOULD have been used to polish it up further. It felt like I was buying a product with several rough edges and was still a W-I-P.

The Mask of Zorro - a 3 star entertaining movie, but 20 minutes could have have been left on the editing room floor. I remember almost falling asleep midway through.

Harlem Nights - The 3 generations of our African American comedian classics(Redd Foxx, Richard Pryor, and Eddie Murphy) alone made this attractive. But the movie itself-it was as if Murphy(who served as co-writer, co-producer, and director) did an incredibly lazy job putting together everything-it was as if he had the script written in only 15 minutes-apparently being too naive to think the cast alone was more enough to make this a blockbuster

Apollo 13 - Hollow 13 is more like it-for some reason, I just didn't feel much throughout a movie that was supposed to be historic.


Mon Feb 16, 2009 3:05 pm
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Troy, a movie I was greatly anticipating, sucked horribly. Well, not completely. Peter O'Toole was awesome, as was Brian Cox and Sean Bean. That was literally it. Not to mention it has one of the WORST film scores I've ever heard.


Mon Feb 16, 2009 3:15 pm
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Star_Ocean wrote:
Troy, a movie I was greatly anticipating, sucked horribly. Well, not completely. Peter O'Toole was awesome, as was Brian Cox and Sean Bean. That was literally it. Not to mention it has one of the WORST film scores I've ever heard.


Me too-I was surprised by how bad that movie was. It's not like my brain prefers mindless trash like Bad Boys either, I also like my share of historic films. However-the filmmakers thought it was somehow a genious idea to solely make this a popcorn flick, and nothing more, and it ended up back firing on them.

Another big dissapointing movie was Me, Myself, and Irene-The Farraley Brothers were coming off their huge success with There's Something about Mary, so naturally, my expectations were super high. It wasn't like my extraordinary high expectations weren't met, but it was that after a 10 minute or so spurt full of laughs early on, there was NOT ONE laugh since that point. I just kept waiting, waiting, and waiting...only to become frustrated.


Mon Feb 16, 2009 3:35 pm
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I was super-duper disappointed by The Hours. I didn't care about the depression any other of the characters went through. Also, the sexuality questioning seemed shoehorned in. I like its structure, but structure isn't everything. (And Memento's structure is totally part of why it's my favorite film.)

Here's a list of anything else I didn't enjoy as much as I wanted to.
~Batman Returns
~Brick
~Capote
~Chicago 10
~How Green Was My Valley
~Marley and Me
~Naked Lunch
~Scanners
~Secretary
~Swingers
~The Village


Mon Feb 16, 2009 4:09 pm
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Patrick wrote:
Freddy Got Fingered - I was expecting one of the worst movies I ever seen. A movie so epic in its badness, instead I just a bad movie that isn't epic in any way.


lmao!!! hahaha, very funny choice patrick. kudos to you for watching it.


Mon Feb 16, 2009 4:15 pm
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It should please James that I don't see what all the fuss is about regarding "The Seventh Seal". There's individual scenes here and there that I loved, but overall I found it to be rather dull. "Cries and Whispers", on the other hand, now there's a movie...

I was very disappointed in Jean-Luc Godard's "Breathless". I'm aware it's one of the more influential films in history, but outside of it's revolutionary technique I found the story quite flat and forgettable.

And, errr..., I could be risking a banning here... but "Patton" didn't rock my world on the first viewing. It frustrates me that I didn't love it, so i'm going to give it another try soon.


Mon Feb 16, 2009 8:33 pm
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The Lost World: Jurassic Park. I loved the first movie, liked the book The Lost World, and was really pumped up to see it. To this day, I consider it the worst movie I've ever seen, partly due to the disappointment I felt while watching it, partly due to the overall crappiness of the film. I've only seen it once (when it was in the theaters), and can't see myself ever watching it again.

Also, Garden State was pretty disappointing. It looked fantastic, and some friends of mine said it was brilliant, but I found it to be mediocre at best.


Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:02 pm
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[quote="mkratzer21"]The Lost World: Jurassic Park. I loved the first movie, liked the book The Lost World, and was really pumped up to see it. To this day, I consider it the worst movie I've ever seen, partly due to the disappointment I felt while watching it, partly due to the overall crappiness of the film. I've only seen it once (when it was in the theaters), and can't see myself ever watching it again.

I couldn't agree more! I too loved the book and absolutely hated the movie. Ironically, I consider it along with another Michael Crichton movie(Congo) as the two worst movies I have ever paid to see. Oh, wait, and The Happening.

Another movie I was looking forward to and was let down was The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It just didn't do the books justice.


Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:48 pm
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Frost/Nixon - the type of movie that I love. Was a huge let down and if not for the marvelous performance from Frank Langella I think it would have been a pretty poor movie.

Michael Clayton - Had so much potential, but in the end was quite lackluster and had very little going for it.

Quantum of Solace - Had such high hopes after Casino Royale that the franchise was back on track. One of the most inconsequential movies I've seen.

Reno911!: Miami - One of the funniest shows on TV, just didn't translate at all to the big screen.


Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:49 pm
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Recently, I would have to go with The X-Files: I Want to Believe. I was excited that series creator Chris Carter was directing the movie and the low-key marketing seemed to indicate that this was not just a cash grab. However, what it ended up being was simply the most boring film I have seen in ages. It makes Australia seem like Crank, that is how belaboured the movie was.

I was also quite dissapointed in Choke (mainly because I am a huge Chuck Palahniuk fan) and among older films that I've been watching recently, I was pretty let down by Double Indemnity. It is a merely a good noir, not one that can be compared to stuff like The Maltese Falcon and The Third Man.


Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:15 pm
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Vic wrote:
Reno911!: Miami - One of the funniest shows on TV, just didn't translate at all to the big screen.


AMEN. Really is a[n] hilarious show, and I can say with the utmost sincerity that it's one of the worst movie-going experiences I've ever had. I wanted to die within about 5 minutes of the movie. Having never walked out of a movie, I stayed for all of it. I shouldn't have. Mind-blowingly awful.

EDIT: I'll also agree with the X-Files sequel above. Ten years and they came up with one of the most forgettable and slipshod plots I've seen. What a total, heartbreaking waste.


Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:19 pm
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Sometimes the disappointment comes from the weeks of hyped up excitement that generates an inflated interest in a show that just doesn't seem to meet the mark, like Cloverfield.

More often, though, I find I'm disappointed in a show because I loved the book first and the movie version is either way off the original storyline or just can't match the emotions generated by reading it.

I was really disappointed with The Golden Compass, for example. It's a fabulous book and the trailer looked completely amazing when I saw it but the movie itself seemed flat and uninspired. I don't know if I'd lay the blame at the feet of the actors or the CG people or if it was a just a mix of a lot of different things. It just didn't do what it should have been capable of doing, which was pull me into the story as well as the book does.


Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:46 pm
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Most recently I would have to say Quantum of Solace, i've never been a huge James Bond fan and the Brosnan films after Goldeneye were shameful but Casino Royale really left me satisfied and excited to see more despite it being a tad overlong.

All the great work Martin Campbell and crew did was squashed with the latest 007 starting with director Marc Forster who CANNOT direct action, most of it was incomprehensible which lead to the set pieces being just flat out boring. Forster made it feel like a poor man's Bourne in places. I just hope the studio and producers realise what a misfire this movie was despite a healthy box office showing and can bring it back to the promising setup that was Royale.


Tue Feb 17, 2009 12:00 am
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Nick wrote:
Most recently I would have to say Quantum of Solace, i've never been a huge James Bond fan and the Brosnan films after Goldeneye were shameful but Casino Royale really left me satisfied and excited to see more despite it being a tad overlong.

All the great work Martin Campbell and crew did was squashed with the latest 007 starting with director Marc Forster who CANNOT direct action, most of it was incomprehensible which lead to the set pieces being just flat out boring. Forster made it feel like a poor man's Bourne in places. I just hope the studio and producers realise what a misfire this movie was despite a healthy box office showing and can bring it back to the promising setup that was Royale.


I agree with Nick. I've never been a big Bond fan. Then Casino Royale came out and I loved it. I had very high expectations for Quantum of Solace. However, I thought the movie was very mediocre.


Tue Feb 17, 2009 8:42 am
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A lot of sequels have been disappointing for me.

Other than the aforementioned Quantum of Solace and The Dark Knight (like OP, re-watched it twice and still did not get its awesomeness), there was also the third Pirates of the Caribbean, the third X-Men and the third SPiderman..... for these movies I like to pretend that only the first two installments exist. :/


Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:23 am
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Cloverfield, X-men 3, The Day the Earth stood still Sequel, Spiderman 3


Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:51 am
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PAG wrote:
Nick wrote:
Most recently I would have to say Quantum of Solace, i've never been a huge James Bond fan and the Brosnan films after Goldeneye were shameful but Casino Royale really left me satisfied and excited to see more despite it being a tad overlong.

All the great work Martin Campbell and crew did was squashed with the latest 007 starting with director Marc Forster who CANNOT direct action, most of it was incomprehensible which lead to the set pieces being just flat out boring. Forster made it feel like a poor man's Bourne in places. I just hope the studio and producers realise what a misfire this movie was despite a healthy box office showing and can bring it back to the promising setup that was Royale.


I agree with Nick. I've never been a big Bond fan. Then Casino Royale came out and I loved it. I had very high expectations for Quantum of Solace. However, I thought the movie was very mediocre.


Hey, I really liked Quantumn of Solace. It isn't on par with Casino Royale, but I thought most of the action was rather interesting and I got a kick out of Mathieu Amalric as the villian. Surely an above average Bond entry.


Tue Feb 17, 2009 11:26 am
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Miami Vice was a huge letdown for me. I am a big Michael Mann fan, and coming of Collateral, I felt like he could do no wrong. Then I saw the movie, and I was like "what was that crap". It was a letdown of epic proportions.


Tue Feb 17, 2009 11:34 am
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