Unpopular Opinion: Movie Edition

Unpopular Opinion: Movie Edition

This post is (4/31) of the Blaugust 2019 event! You can find out more about Blaugust over at Belghast’s blog. I (Chestnut) created a Twitter list of all participants. UltrViolet created an OPML file of all the bloggers to import into your feed reader.

Something I’ve seen going around the blogosphere and twittersphere is this XKCD comic. And I figured it’d make a nice simple post to try to figure out which movie I like falls into this. I was a bit confused with “below 50%”, however, because there’s both an audience score and the “tomatometer”, so I decided to go by either score.

I found that one of my absolute favorite movies (starring Bill Nighy and Alan Rickman) scored a solid 19% on the Tomatometer, and a 55% on the audience score. What movie, you ask? Blow Dry.

A lot of complaints about the movie seem to be that it’s “too formulaic”, which, I agree, it is. But it’s sweet. It’s a story of choosing your family. It is one of the first representations of LGBTQIA+ family that I remember seeing. Plus it’s just funny and cute, and the soundtrack is so much fun. It’s one of those movies that I absolutely have to put on when I’m feeling terrible because I just can’t help but laugh at the quips that come standard with British humor.

Besides, it’s Alan Rickman. That’s honestly the reason I picked it up at Blockbuster the first time I saw it, but it’s not what made me love it. Have you guys done this “challenge” yet?

8 thoughts on “Unpopular Opinion: Movie Edition

  1. On either score – easy, I LIKE the Warcraft movie, which has a 27% tomatometer score (but 77% audience score, so I’m not alone).
    I was going to lead with John Carter, but despite it getting a widespread panning at release it has 52% on the tomatometer.
    And a tip of the puritan hat to Solomon Kane, which passes on the tomatometer with 66% but only gets 49% from the unappreciative sods in the audience.

    1. I love how the scores can differ so much between audience vs critic! Stuff like that is so fascinating to me.

  2. A film that I both saw in the theater and own on DVD because I enjoyed it so much is Disney’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice starting Nick Cage. I’m not even sure why I like it, except that Jay Baruchel’s deadpan delivery has always cracked me up. It’s also possible that it came out at a time when I was looking for family-friendly movies that we could sit down and watch as a family. Whatever the case, I seem to be in the minority as the audience response didn’t even warrent the hinted at sequel, and we know how Disney loves those!

    1. I haven’t seen that one yet, but it’s on my list to watch! Nick Cage movies might not always get good ratings, but they are always somehow feel good films.

  3. I thought this was going to be easy, given that I liked Strange Brew starring Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis reprising their Bob and Doug Mackenzie roles from SCTV, but Rotten Tomatoes has it at 74%.

    Hmmm….

    Midnight Madness starring David Naughton and a very young Michael J. Fox? Nope.

    I guess Star Trek V sort of qualifies, although I thought that the best part of the movie was left on the cutting room floor, and it sure could have used much better editing and cinematography.

    1. I thought it would be harder than it ended up being, to be honest! V is definitely one of the underrated ones. The odd numbers get such a bad rap!

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