Saturday, July 2, 2011

30 Day Film Challenge: Day 2: Your Least Favorite Movie

Day 2: Your Least Favorite Movie:


Selecting my least favorite of something is not a strong suit.  What can I say?  I'm filled with rage and such.  It would be easy for me to slam any number of movies that were laughable misfires: Country Strong, The Tourist, Daredevil, Couples Retreat, Pearl Harbor, Jersey Girl, D.E.B.S., The Dilemma, and so on.  Too easy.  So, I look at the list of critically recognized flicks and beloved little movies:  that adaptation of East of Eden was pure shit when held against the book, Al Pacino's Scarface was surprisingly insufferable, How Green was my Valley might be the most boring, undeserving Academy Award winner of all time (but we have to consider it's always pitted as an enemy of Kane), I'm no advocate for Dirty Dancing, I couldn't finish The Boondock Saints, and A Walk to Remember (or any film with Nicholas Sparks attached) solidified my understanding of exactly which qualities will make me physically ill when captured on film.  Horrible.  Just horrible.  


For all that, though, I think today I will narrow it down to one insipid musical exercise in domestic violence: Carousel. There's so much wrong with this movie (and stage play) it's ridiculous.  I don't care if you like the music.  You can sing "June is Bustin' Out All Over" as much as you want, that won't change the fact that this film is like one big apologetic love letter to a wife beater.  As if the film as a whole wasn't already sopping with sap and painfully slow, there's a scene right at the end where Shirley Jones' character defends her husbands actions to their child that's positively infuriating.  Holy shit, I can't think of many moments I've been that pissed off.  It's the film version of someone going "he's not so bad, you just don't know him like I do..."  


So, depending on the day, my least favorite film is subject to change.  But Carousel will likely remain on a list of stories I see with little to redeem them.  I'm going to pretend Rodgers and Hammerstein never wrote this.





2 comments:

  1. I love East of Eden (the film), though I haven't read the book which I am sure is amazing in it's own right.

    But there are so many critical lauded films that, like you, I have extreme issues with and cannot understand why they have been praised so highly.

    And finally, someone is extremely indifferent about Al Pacino's Scarface!

    (Great nods to the diabolical Daredevil and A Walk to Remember.)

    I haven't seen Carousel, though, so I can't side with you on that one.

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  2. I think East of Eden is really one of those cases where it would have been great had I not just finished reading the actual book. It was almost totally different!

    And thanks, I'm all about people coming together on negative reviews of Scarface. I just don't get the appeal of that movie. I love a gangster/drug drama, but the whole thing was so ridiculous...

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