DO you sometimes feel highly successful, critically praised movies are in fact a load of f**king shite? Like these?
A crowd-pleasing, mass-death, iceberg disaster epic rammed with bullshit. Celine Dion’s f**king awful song would make an actual nuclear holocaust seem like generic, sentimental crap. Also historically questionable and Billy Zane can piss off generally.
A charming, catchy-song-filled, retro-themed classic, or so people would have you believe. In reality a bunch of delinquent greasers shagging and street-racing who if they lived in your neighbourhood you’d want them all on ASBOs. Olivia Newton-John looks much nicer in pretty summery clothes and every teenager is about 35.
Lord of the Rings
Nine hours, or 11 hours in the extended versions, of beardy bullshit. Everyone’s in robes, they all claim to be following rules of magic and lore that are never explained, and the whole story’s quite clearly made up as it rolls along. And it won shitloads of Oscars.
So big at the box office in 1991 it was breathlessly discussed outside the cinema as people attempted to solve the mystery. But it’s such a weird gumbo of every JFK assassination theory rocketing past at breakneck pace you don’t have time to think ‘Hang on, this is bollocks’.
Any Fast and Furious film
Can you even remember what the f**k is going on in these? They made sense when about street racing but once Vin Diesel’s dragging a safe behind a humvee breaking all the laws of physics they’re at once completely nonsensical and obsessed with their own continuity.
Gritty and gruelling with incredible production values and a cool bear. Unfortunately the story is ‘Try not to die, Leonardo’. That’s it.
A double-entry for James Cameron for this hideously lurid mess of a movie, full of insane flappy dragons and giant Smurfs, like dropping three tabs of acid at 11.30am and watching five tellys showing five different children’s channels. There are sequels coming. And you’ll probably queue up to f**king watch them.