Against the Crowd is a blogathon hosted by Dell on Movies that entails participants follow these simple instructions:
1. Pick one movie that “everyone” loves (the more iconic, the better). That movie must have a score of 75% or more on rottentomatoes.com. Tell us why you hate it.
2. Pick one movie that “everyone” hates (the more notorious, the better). That movie must have a score of 35% or less on rottentomatoes.com. Tell us why you love it.
3. Include the tomato meter scores of both movies.
4. Use a banners from the announcement post, or feel free to create your own.
5. Let them know what two movies you intend on writing about in one of the following ways: 1) Comment on this Mettel Ray post 2) Comment on KG’s Movie Rants 3) Tweet @ @w_ott3 or 4) Tweet KG @KGsMovieRants1
6. Publish your post on any day from Monday August 14 through Sunday August 20, 2017.
So this is me going Against the Crowd…
The Breakfast Club
The Breakfast Club was praised, is still praised, for being a thought-provoking insight into the lives of five ‘different’ teenagers. I say ‘different’ in quotations mainly because the only thing dissimilar between these five young adults is their hyper-exaggerated personalities. To say it as candid as possible, the characters in Breakfast Club are all from white suburbia. How can they be from “different walks of life”?
I am a child of the 00s but there is no time barrier that is preventing me from fully grasping the intentions of Hughes. It’s quite blatant that he wants his viewers, those in High School and those who used to be, to see themselves in these characters. I, a young Black American, cannot see myself as any of these characters.
Leaving race behind, all of these characters are extremely one-dimensional. They are just jocks, just the weird girl, just the it girl, just the rebel and just the smart ass. There are traces of Hughes attempting to expand these characters when they have their heart-to-heart talk, but in the end of the day they still remained boxed into their archetypes. No one in real life is just one thing. We have layers and dimensions to us which The Breakfast Club just failed at exploring.
Now You See Me 2
I typically don’t like sequels that are insert preceding movie title 2 but I really enjoyed Now You See Me 2. Sure, a lot of things don’t make sense and the story is a little far fetched but it’s fun, amusing and magical – as any movie should be. The fact that it has a 34% on Rotten Tomatoes is actually quite blasphemous.
There are some truly well done and edited sequences in the film, some that may run a little too long, but were so much fun to watch. Now You See Me 2, as did its predecessor, lets you know from they jump that “Hey! There are some pretty unbelievable stunts and tricks in here that are impossible to pull off in reality. Yet, because our actors will take it all seriously and our film is well edited enough, we intend for all of this to play off as believable.”
I always say that “A movie is as good as it sets itself to be” Now You See Me 2 sets itself up to be a ridiculously outlandish, magician heist, thriller and it is exactly that. The Breakfast Club wants to be a relatable story, and as explained, it is far from that.
I know it may be a little hard to digest my rant against The Breakfast Club and my regarding Now You See Me 2 above it but I am just going Against the Crowd.
I’d love to hear which iconic movie you hate and what panned movie you enjoy? Do you love Breakfast Club and hate Now You See Me 2? Or vice versa? Let me know in the comments below!