So what of Disappointment Vs Failed Expectations? And can we really blame Ben for being so sad?
The substance of Snyder’s film is crude and unambiguous, lacking any ideological or emotional nuance. Hans Zimmer’s score is made of lead. Characters intone expository dialogue in a manner that suggests they are heavily constipated.”
“A stink bucket of disappointment, a sad and unnecessary PG-13 orphan fight that director Zack Snyder believes is an homage to DC Comics’ most iconic heroes, but is more along the lines of a home invasion perpetrated on comic book culture.”
No major blockbuster in years has been this incoherently structured, this seemingly uninterested in telling a story with clarity and purpose. It grumbles along for what feels like for ever, jinking from subplot to subplot, until two shatteringly expensive-looking fights happen back to back, and the whole thing crunches to a halt.”
“Humankind deserves a better blockbuster.”
“A storytelling disgrace. It has maybe six opening scenes and jumps so incessantly from subplot to subplot that a script doctor would diagnose a peculiarly modern infection: ‘disjunctivitis’.”
It’s fair to say that the recent reviews for the recent Batman vs Superman movie have not been kind, in fact at the time of writing Superman Vs Batman: Dawn of Justice has a 29% approval rating on Rotten Tomato to put that in context The Room – commonly referred to as one of the worst movies of all time – is currently sitting at 35%.
So it’s fair to say that reviews have been brutal for this latest comic book movie, but really I think anyone who saw that movie would probably agree that it isn’t the worse movie they’ve seen all year long. Is it pretentious? Certainly. Does it take itself way too seriously? Hell yeah. But is it the worst movie in the last few years? That’s a BIG stretch to be sure.
Of course, when it was first announced that this movie was being made during Comic Con 2013, it’s fair to say that people were excited about it. Even when it was announced that Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale were not going to be involved in the project. Instead Ben Affleck was taking his place and the reaction to the casting was “Tepid” at best. Regardless, the expectations were still awfully high for this movie. How could it not be? You had two of the most celebrated fictional characters of all time, it seemed to be impossible for them to mess a movie like this up. Which just makes the reaction to the movie all the stronger.
So my question is this; Which is worse, a bad movie? Or a movie that fails to live up to expectations?
The logic seems to be leaning towards the later. It’s possible to enjoy a bad movie in an ironic sense, just look at movies like The Room or Birdemic – movies that are so inept, so terrible they somehow loop around infinity and become enjoyable again. But a movie you’re expecting to be amazing and just turns out to be mediocre is not the same as a bad movie you can always enjoy in an ironic sense. At least bad movies are enjoyable when you’re coming into a cinema expecting a movie to be great and it turns out mediocre that might be more aggravating than a straight up terrible movie.
Case in point: The Godfather trilogy. When you think about filming masterpieces, you think of The Godfather. It’s the first thing anyone thinks when they think of movies that are considered the”Best”. It’s as close to perfection as a film can be and there are some that say the sequel is as good if not better than the original movie. To put it in context:
The Godfather: Major Film industry awards: 26 wins and 27 nominations
The Godfather II: Major Film industry awards 16 wins and 20 nominations
But fast forward a few years and….
The Godfather Part III: Major Film industry awards 5 wins and 20 nominations
The third movie in The Godfather Part III has entered the pop culture lexicon as the black sheep of the Godfather movies, You will never find someone that will freely admit to number three being their favourite. No one can accuse the film of being terrible, it’s a good movie, but that’s the problem. It’s just a “Good” movie and for an audience that expected perfection from the name “Godfather” it was a very visual drop in quality that the audience couldn’t acclimatize to
We can easily make the same arguments to easily the most disappointing movie of all time.
Let me make one think totally clear, I’m in no way defending The Phantom Menace, it fully deserves its place in film infamy, but I think, what’s often lost in the shuffle is that Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was bar none, the most highly anticipated movie of all time. In terms of hype, no movie could ever match how much people were looking forward to that movie. Star Wars has a special place in people’s minds. For many it’s their first real exposure to Sci-Fi. It’s an integral part of so many people’s childhoods, Star Wars is quite possibly the most beloved film series of all time. So you better believe that people were excited. Those expectations were ungodly high, maybe the highest it could possibly be.
So when audiences saw how badly the film turned out, they weren’t just disappointed, they were disgusted. They were horrified. I don’t think it could be argued that there isn’t any film more hated than The Phantom Menace. If this was just a stand alone movie, without the weight of history behind them, it would have been lost in time, but because it has the Star Wars name attached to it. No one will ever forget it.