I love me some blogathons and when a great one comes a long it’s hard not to jump on board with the idea. Dell on Movies has come up with the Against the Crowd blogathon which, as some might have guessed, is about going against those popular opinions we seem to have roaming around and taking a stance against great movies while protecting the ones that might not be the best but still worth some love.
Before I get cracking, here are three simple rules you should follow upon deciding to participate in this lovely blogathon:
1. Pick one movie that “everyone” loves (the more iconic, the better). That movie must have a score of at least 80% on rottentomatoes.com. Tell us why you hate it.
2. Pick one movie that “everyone” hates (the more notorious, the better). That movie must have a score of less than 30% on rottentomatoes.com. Tell us why you love it.
3. Include the tomato meter scores of both movies.
Ironically, it was easier for me to pick a popular movie people seem to love rather than find one that I like and others hate. Therefore I had actually two movies in mind before I started writing, both are well loved and both didn’t really tickle my fancy, but a choice had to be made and Zero Dark Thirty (93%) is getting my full attention today.
It’s not that it’s full on bad, I have to admit, I did enjoy parts of it but man, was it boring. Yes, war isn’t all about explosions and fast decision making and thrilling all the way in but even the potentially thrilling parts felt slow and dragged. I know there are plenty of bloggers out there who love Zero Dark Thirty, I’m not judging your taste nor trying to undermine your opinions, but for me Bigelow did not deliver. Even with The Hurt Locker, I was bored out of my mind and not because I dislike the topic, on the contrary, I like war stuff! Band of Brothers and The Pacific are two of my favorite mini-series out there. Those captivated me and created characters I rooted for, but the coldness and distance between me and Zero Dark Thirty was eventually too monumental to consider it as good like the majority of people do.
My choice of movie that I will protect from the hatefulness that is out there is not my favorite, let’s just put it out there, I do not love PS: I Love You but a 24% rating!? – it’s not THAT bad!
For those of you who aren’t aware of the situation, I’m not the biggest fan of romantic comedies, I’m the opposite, I dislike them to a point I purposely hate watch them when I feel like hating on something. PS: I Love You is not one of those movies though and it’s highly likely that the reason is the fact that you see Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s ass.. there, I said it, this movie should have at least 50% rating just because you see some delicious JD Morgan ass!
That being said, I have to be honest, the plot isn’t the worst, there are far more outrageous rom-com plot-lines out there and more to come I’m sure, and the charm is there too! We have Hilary Swank, we have Gerard Butler and his delicious accent and we have Jeffrey Dean Morgan, what more could you want! Oh, yes, we have Lisa Kudrow providing what is probably the best way to pick-up a guy with just three questions. Is PS: I Love You the best of the best, certainly not, but it’s far better than the romantic comedies I’ve seen lately and did I mention Jeffrey Dean Mogran’s ass because yumm !