I didn't care for Beasts of the Southern Wild at all either time I attempted watching it. Yes I watched it all the way through both times but I think midway through the second time my brain just decided to make a new, more entertaining movie in my head. Yet somehow this film is adored and nominated for best picture!? I could not tell you why. Sure it had a pretty score and some good performances. But even the performance of the young star Quvenzhané Wallis I feel is overrated. I mean she does well...but she is called upon to hold the entire movie on her shoulders and I just don't think she is up to the task. She has a unique presence and a very nice ability to scream and also stare blankly into the camera...but I believe I have seen better child performances. Maybe I'm wrong...but I watched it twice without it captivating me once so I doubt my opinion would be swayed by a third viewing. Who knows...maybe I had to see it in a theater free of distractions to pick up on its subtle beauty...because at home I wanted nothing else but to distract myself from the boredom this movie brought on. This is not the first time I have not been able to see what others adored in a best picture nominee. I debated doing a list of things I'd rather do than watch Beasts of the Southern Wild again...but instead came up with this list of equally head scratching, unworthy best picture nominees. Sometimes films I hate (Emperor's New Clothes syndrome..) and some that were merely popcorn movies mistaken for art. But here's the list of ten Oscar noms I just don't understand the love for.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Oh boy...if there's something I hate as much, if not more than Avatar its this. This film and it's ridiculous 13 nominations has me convinced that the Academy are full of far too many people that get distracted by shiny objects. It's true that this was, technically speaking, a well made and beautiful film. The sets, costumes, special effects are all top notch. But the story and anything resembling depth or significance in anything the characters did? Not so much. Again...just because a movie is pretty, doesn't mean it is good. This had to be one of the most manipulative movies I've ever seen....it takes the audiences through the motions and then at the end jerks your emotions around, so that when it's over you think "Why... that movie made me feel something, it must be intelligent!: No....it's just stupid. This over any other item on the list had me feeling like Elaine after seeing The English Patient. Everyone loved it...but I stood alone.
Babe - This one is on Avatar & Benjamin Button level of hate. I also had to watch this one for school (after already hating it years earlier) and later was forced to write a B.S. paper on its strengths...when really it killed me to write every word. I hate hate hate hate HATE this movie. Haha! Why? Because I don't get how it's revered, loved and held in the esteem it is. It's a movie about a talking stupid pig. It is so unbelievably average. It's not charming. It's not clever. It might be cute and have a simplistic nicety to it....but that does NOT make it a masterpiece or good enough to be a BP nom. The only comfort I can get from this film is hoping that one day Babe will become some tasty bacon. My level of hate is probably unjustified....I mean Babe's existence never hurt anyone right? True, but like I said...if there's something I can't stand it's overhyping something average.
Mary Poppins - So....I have a confession to make. I don't think Mary Poppins is the lovable saint she's portrayed to be. In fact, she's kind of a bayntch. Seriously though. I've never found her likable....even if she's played by the incredibly likable Julie Andrews. Sure it's a charming Disney classic...but it isn't a masterpiece, and her performance wasn't worthy of the Oscar she did win. Kind of ridiculous in fact.
Her? What is she funny or something?
Working Girl - A pleasant chick flick that isn't BP material. 'Nuff said.
Ghost - A silly romance that isn't BP material. I mean really....it's got Ghosties in it! GHOSTIES!!!! But Whoopie is hilarious in it. It's a fun movie....but not a best picture. 'Nuff said.
Jerry Maguire - A sports related rom-com that isn't BP material. Yes I'm getting lazy with these last three....but summing them up is just as simple as that. None of these movies were great art...they were pleasant popcorn people pleasers. Some quotable lines and memorable moments....but a BP should be so much more than that. Does "You complete me" stand the test of time? Well it's certainly mocked a lot and will never be forgotten....but I don't know if it's quite as grand anymore as they once hoped it would be.
So yeah...sometimes I just don't get what people see in some of the best pic nominees. So far of 2013 I've only seen half...but I'll let you know what I think of the rest when I see them! Any BP noms you remember going "what were they thinking!?" Let me know in the comments below!