Have you ever watched the trailer of a movie and thought, ‘that looks like it is going to suck’ then when you saw the movie it turned out to be not as bad as you thought?
Conversely, there are those moves that you couldn’t wait to see and after taking out a home equity loan so you could afford the movie tickets and the gouging at the concession stand, you realized that the 60-second trailer showed the only good scenes in the movie.
Well, the list of movies here didn’t meet my expectations, good or bad. I’m not saying they are the best or worst movies I’ve ever seen. But I’m saying, this is how I felt after view them.
All About the Benjamins – I didn’t know much about Mike Epps, but when I saw that he was co-starring I didn’t have much interest in seeing it. Finally, when it came out on DVD, I took a look at it and enjoyed it. Sure, it is nothing great but it did have some funny parts. It is a movie that I could watch again if I just happen to flip to it while channel surfing.
Hoodlum – The titles alone turned me off and it came out at a time when the only black movies Hollywood made were gangster-heavy, black exploitation-lite films. However, it was more creative than I expected and the 1920’s setting was cool. Overall, it is something I wish I could see on the big screen.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – I am not a Jim Carey fan but this is the best movie I’ve ever seen from him. I did enjoy “Me, Myself and Irene”, but it didn’t come close to this. His dramatic acting skills are on par with top actors in Hollywood. The movie is so different and so well written that you can’t help but enjoy it. Sadly, he’s never made another film that is worthy of any compliments. It is possible that like one hit wonder musicians, this is the only great art he’ll ever create.
Barbershop 2 – A lot of people dogged this movie. I could tell that the writing was rushed somewhat to capitalize on the popularity of the first “Barbershop”. I didn’t see it in the theater for that reason but when I did get around to watching it, it didn’t seem as bad as people proclaimed. It wasn’t nearly as good as the first but it wasn’t garbage.
Blackhawk Down – War movies are tricky. In the war movies of my youth, the battle was the main characters and the soldiers were props to move the story along. In the 80’s and 90’s, the focus became the soldiers and the war set the stage for the drama. Blackhawk Down reminded of the movies I watched as a kid where the movie placed emphasis on the battle. I was not sure if it would work but it did. Unlike some, I don’t consider it a great movie. But it is damn good.
I just got ripped off
The Caveman’s Valentine – After seeing “Eve’s Bayou”, I figured I couldn’t go wrong with another Kasi Lemmons movie; boy, was I wrong. Sam Jackson acted brilliantly but the script was all over the place. I couldn’t get into it the story. I never understood what was going on or why. Midway through the movie I found myself rooting for the director hoping they would pull me back in and I would get a big payoff for my patience. It didn’t happen and I left the theater disappointed. I love Aunjanue Ellis but not even she could save this movie.
War of the Worlds – How bad could it be? H.G. Wells wrote the script for Pete’s sake. All they had to do was beef up the special effects a little and BAM, you got yourself a classic. They didn’t do it. I’m not sure what is wrong with this movie. This is one of the few movies I’ve seen where the Rotten Tomato score is higher for critics than it is for the general audience. The general audience is normally more generous with their ratings. So I’m not the only one who was disappointed with this.
The Talented Mr. Ripley – I spent the first 40 minutes bored to tears and the last 10 minutes of the movie thinking, ‘what the hell.’ My suggestion is that you never see this movie. Nix that. Forget I even that you even read the last sentence. It never happened.
The Matrix Reloaded – Biggest let down ever. The first one broke ground, this broke wind. There isn’t a single thing about this movie worth remembering. In fact, it was so bad that it discouraged me from seeing the third movie. And to date, I have only seen bits and pieces of the third installment. There is no point in watching it because I won’t know what happened and I don’t want to re-watch Matrix Reloaded and relive the torture of that monstrosity.
The Brothers – A man’s versions of “Waiting to Exhale” is how this movie was billed. Lord have mercy if this wasn’t a bag of spoiled bologna. The movie has four black men, none had any redeeming qualities, in a movie with bad dialogue, bad staging, and a bad storyline. I was pissed because the idea was so good and it could have been so much better. The fact that a black man wrote this movie is the most disappointing thing. How in the hell does a man write a movie like this? What the hell was he thinking? I can only guess that the studio honchos informed him that the target audience in black women and he shouldn’t do anything to offend them. His response was, “I’ll write a movie where the men ain’t sh*t”.by