There are quite a few movies that hardcore sci-fi, fantasy, and genre fans overall love to hate and have always been considered flops by movie critics and moviegoers alike. Recently The Last Jedi received its fair share of bad press and has split Star Wars fans as to its place among the franchise. Some have gone to the lengths of claiming that the only thing keeping it from being the worst movie of the franchise is Jar Jar Binks, the most hated character in Star Wars lore.
After witnessing the amount of hate that has been spewed on to the interwebs regarding the latest Skywalker outing, it got me thinking about other movies fans love to hate. So I have decided to advocate for a few films that have garnered a bad rep and prove that they are not as bad as they have been made out to be.
- The Phantom Menace, 1999
99.9% of Star Wars fans will agree that this is a bad Star Wars film. In fact, before The Last Jedi came out it was considered, without competition, the worst of the franchise; many would insist that there is no need to even see it, were you a newcomer to the series.
Well, I disagree. This film has a lot to offer; first and foremost it brought the Star Wars world back to life after 16 years. The sheer joy of watching that all classic intro ‘A long time ago in a galaxy far far away’ was enough to make it a memorable movie experience.
TPM also let us witness the Jedi at the peak of their powers and see what a fully trained Jedi is capable of. Force runs and jumps, melting blast doors open, a variety of lightsaber combat forms. We get to see the young versions of Obi-Wan and Yoda and the baddest m********er of Jedi, Mace Windu with his purple lightsaber.
Among other things, we were introduced to new planets and an array of creatures, droids, and spacecrafts, an incredible Ben-Hur style race, the Senate and a young Anakin Skywalker.
Last but not least… Darth Maul. Were it not for Darth Vader he would have definitely been the best villain of all time. Silent, deadly and intimidating; a formidable opponent even to the highly trained Jedi. One could say that the Duel of Fates alone was reason enough to love this film.
- Fantastic Four, Rise of the Silver Surfer, 2007
It is debated as to which Fantastic Four movie is worst. I chose to defend this one because I am a huge Silver Surfer Fan. That alone makes me love this film. Yes, Galactus is depicted as a malevolent dark cloud and not in his original giant form that we were all used to. Yes, Fox made it as quickly as possible so that they wouldn’t lose the rights to the franchise.
So what? I liked it.
Ben and Johnny have incredible chemistry in their constant bickering. Sue and Reeds relationship is always in turmoil, just like in the comics. All these things are a mere backdrop to the peril that the world faces adding depth to the storyline.
The Silver Surfer origin story stays true to the source comics and he is depicted beautifully I might add. I practically squealed with joy in that after credit scene where he opens his eyes while the board approaches him.
- Green Lantern, 2011A guy in a CGI costume against an ominous cloud (ring any bells?) trying to devour the life force of our planet. Sure even Ryan Reynolds himself in a meta moment during Deadpool, mocked it, but did it not have any good qualities?
Let’s see… they brought in a great ensemble cast with the likes of Reynolds as we mentioned earlier, in addition to Blake Lively, Mark Strong, Tim Robbins, Angela Bassett, Michael Duncan Clark, Geoffrey Rush, Peter Sarsgaard, Clancy Brown and even, an unknown then, Taika Waititi. Sarsgaard, in particular, played his role of the envious hate-filled villain immaculately. The effects were very close in portrayal to the comics especially anything involving the lanterns powers and Oa. Hal Jordan messes things up in the beginning as he should, only to embrace his powers and rise to the occasion.
Script-wise I would place it as an equal to Iron Man.
Did it make me want a sequel? Yes. Would I watch it again? I even bought the DVD. I feel it was a perfectly good first installment to a promising franchise. Alas, bad press and a low-profit-margin robbed me of a sequel.
Did these movies get more of a bad reputation than they deserved? Are they really deserving of all the hate? Tell me what you think in the comments below.