The next three days are going to be a series of “year end” lists that take some more time to think about than the others. Which are the most overrated, the most underrated, and the most underseen films of 2015, as well as the great films of 2015 you’ve never even heard of.
To begin with today’s list — I try not to be negative here. That doesn’t help anybody. But it’s a fact of life that there are going to be some movies each year that get overrated. I used to explain this article as “sometimes the movies don’t deserve the acclaim.” But now I think my way of thinking about it has become, “Sometimes people overhype stuff too much.” Sure, there’s some subjectivity involved. A movie is overrated by definition when you don’t believe it’s worth all of the praise it’s getting from everyone else. But in my mind, it usually has more to do with the praise than the movie.
Most of what I’m going to be doing here, for each of these films, is saying, “It’s fine. Calm down.” The movie is a fine movie, but let’s not call it the second coming of Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo.
Here are my choices for the most overrated films of 2015: (more…)