There are certain movies that everyone says are Great, but which we think are awful. Here is our list of so called “Great” movies which we hate.
Citizen Kane – All film students have drilled into them that the Orson Wells movie Citizen Kane is “the greatest movie ever made.” It is considered a courageous movie since the evil main character is obviously supposed to be William Randolf Hearst. He was the media mogul, was so right wing he would make Rupert Murdoch look like a Socialist. Hearst hated the movie so much that he made sure none of his newspapers ever printed a review of the film.
However, people are confusing the politics and drama surrounding the making of Citizen Kane with the movie itself. Citizen Kane is badly filmed, the lighting is awful and the so called “mystery” of Rosebud is not at all interesting. For real political drama, we would like to see a film student with the courage to tell the Professor that Citizen Kane is just a dull over-rated film
Gone With The Wind is terrible since it perpetuates the myth that the pre-Civil War South was actually a wonderful place where slaves were well treated and happy. This is a lie that many people still cling to today. In reality, slavery was horrible and cruel, and given the chance, slaves ran away by the thousands.
There is one scene where Charlotte meets a group of slaves that the Southerns have armed so that they could fight the “invading Yankees”. In real life slaves were never allowed to have guns. Any slave with a gun would be killed immediately. Southern slave owners were much more afraid of a slave revolt than they ever were of the Yankees. It was illegal for slaves to have a gun. It was also illegal to teach a slave how to read and even illegal to give a slave a map. If slaves knew how to read and write they could communicate to plan a revolt. If they had maps they could plan their escape. The only place slaves loved their masters was in the fantasy world of Gone With The Wind.
Mister Smith Goes to Washington is a very silly movie starring Jimmy Stewart who gets appointed as a United States Senator. He is supposed to do nothing, in the job, but instead stands up to the evil business interests in his state. The bad guys in the film try everything to get Jimmy Stewart out of the Senate, but they just can’t beat him.
The problem with the movie is that Jimmy Stewart is just too “over the top” with his performance. This leads to a major plot flaw in the movie. On his first day as Senator, Jimmy Stewart punches a news reporter in front of a room full of other reporters, just because he thinks the reporter asked a rude question.
In the real Washington D.C. punching a man in the nose would get you thrown in jail. The political groups against Jimmy Stewart would not have to do any tricks to get rid of him. He never would have even made it to the Senate the first day.
Still, to this day, we have politicians quote Mister Smith Goes To Washington as if this movie is an accurate portrayal of how the government works.
The English Patient is a movie that most people love, but some (like us) really hate. There is a famous Seinfeld episode in which Elaine is in a theater watching The English Patient. She hates the movie so much that she keeps making loud comments and the rest of the audience is very angry with her. We agree with Elaine. The English Patient is too long, too sappy and too depressing. You know from the very beginning he is going to die, yet The English Patient drags on for 2 hours and 42 minutes. We agree with Elaine when she says “just die already!”
Titanic-The song Titanic (“My Heart Will Go On”) is beautiful as is Kate Winslet. The issue we have with the movie is the fact that it chose to overlay a completely unnecessary fictitious plot on an actual dramatic event. The film focuses on fictitious Rose DeWitt Bukater and Jack Dawson. Why was it necessary to make up these characters, when the real people on the Titanic were so much more interesting?
For example, there was a real J. Dawson who died when the Titanic sank. His first name was not Jack but James, and he was a 23 year old who’s job was to shovel coal far below decks in the steaming hot engine room. Granta Magazine ran a fascinating article about James Dawson a few years ago. His life was incredibly hard and his death must have been awful.
The gap between the First Class passengers and the coal men like James Dawson was enormous. The price of a single First Class ticket on the Titanic was more than an engine room worker would make in his entire life.
It is a shame that the movie Titanic decided to create a fictitious character instead of remembering the real James Dawson. The real James Dawson wanted to be remembered. When his body was found, he had all his identification and papers in his pockets. These are things you would never keep on you while you were shoveling coal.
James Dawson knew he was going to die and purposely went to the bag where he had his personal items and put all his identifications in his pockets. He wanted us to remember his name. With drama like that, who needs Hollywood to make up fake love stories?