Good Bad Movies
One of the problems with the way I’ve structured this blog is it’s a bit black and white. There are films out there which fit in the grey area between genius and disaster.
So, here’s a list of good bad films, they’re not exactly brilliant, but they’re good in their own rubbish way. They’re the inbetweeners that don’t fit on the must-see list but don’t belong on the steer-clear list either.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. It’s not exactly a great film; the plot is thin and the adaptations from the novels are just plain wrong, but I still love it to bits. It’s harmless fun, it makes me laugh and on a dull night in it definitely passes the time.
Die Hard 2. Yes we all know it’s nowhere near as good as the original, or even the third, but its John McClane running around shooting things and saying Yipee Ki-Ay. It’s all I need.
Bruce Almighty. I know that its wrong to love Jim Carrey but I can’t help it. This film borders on preachy but just gets round it, and it really does make me laugh. We’re all alllowed some guilty pleasures…
Home Alone. I know. But hear me out. It’s Christmas and that brilliant John Williams score starts up…it just works.
The two Matrix Sequels. Compared to the original they aren’t fit to call themselves The Matrix, but if you let that go, there’s some awesome fight choreography which make it worthwile as long as you don’t try and understand the plot. The multicar pile up in Reloaded is the best I’ve ever seen, I’d watch it just for that.
Fantastic Four. Defintely the weakest of the Marvel adaptations, the characters just aren’t as interesting, but it’s still a fun watch. I’m never going to quite buy Ioan Gruffudd as an action hero, but the film doesn’t take itself seriously enough for it to matter.
The Lost Boys. Possible the most 80s film ever made. The special effects are “special” for all the wrong reasons and the vampire plot was tired even then, but somehow it still manages to be brilliant. Maybe it’s Keifer Sutherland with peroxide hair that does it…
So, they’re not exactly run out and see them now recommendations, but don’t turn them down. Give ’em a go. Don’t expect Oscar winners, just slightly fluffy but fun film making.