We might as well subtitle this article “Calm the Fuck Down.” Because that’s mostly what I mean by overrated. Overrated has nothing to do with a film’s quality, it has everything to do with what you assholes say about them.
I say ‘you assholes’ because everyone should be indicted by that. Whether you’re responsible or not, you should take it upon yourself to look at whether or not you contribute to narratives about a movie in the wrong way.
For instance: last year — La La Land was my favorite movie. But, knowing where that film was headed, all I’d say when it came up was, “I loved it” with that little ‘what do you want from me’ shrug. Why? Because I am aware that it’s not for everyone, and not everyone will share my opinions on things. So rather than turn off someone on the fence about seeing it, I just simply state my opinion and leave them to make theirs. Nothing turns me off more than someone who’s loud about an opinion and tries to force you into something. I much prefer, “I really loved it and I’m curious what you think about it.” Because now, all the pressure is self-imposed on me. The other way, I’m already against a movie because you’re telling me I need to like it. And too often now are opinions, “This is how I feel and fuck anyone who says different.” Liking movies has become a mob mentality.
So here I am, as I am every year, to say, “These movies are not that good, calm the fuck down.” Movies on this list might be in my top ten. They might be movies I hated that everyone else loved. The point is not to try to chop down something you think is high art that changed the way we look at movies. The point is simply to say, “Just fucking chill.” Like your movie. Just don’t try to make everyone else conform to your beliefs.
So here are the films I consider to be the most overrated of 2017: (more…)