10 Movies That Aren’t As Terrible As You Remember
There are so many movies, especially highly anticipated movies, that are remembered as wretched when they were merely mildly disappointing. They are “bad” because we compare them with other great movies of the same kind, or in the same franchise. If we view those movies individually, it’s not hard to find many of their virtues. Here are 10 movies that aren’t as bad as you remember.
10. Cutthroat Island
The Movie: When her pirate father dies, Morgan Adams (Geena Davis) inherits everything (including his treasure-map scalp) and sets out on a quest for treasure.
Why It’s Not That Bad: Before Pirates Of The Caribbean made pirate movies cool again, Cutthroat Island offered up just as much popcorn entertainment – if not more.
Yes it’s shallow and often preposterous, but it’s as frisky as a newborn lamb, leaping all over the place with entertaining distractions designed to keep you from realizing that the plot’s a shambles.
9. Spider-Man 3
The Movie: Tobey Maguire’s final swing as Spider-Man before Sony hit the reboot button. He goes up against Thomas Haden Church’s Sandman, New Goblin (James Franco) and Venom (Topher Grace).
Why It’s Not That Bad: Still a sore spot for many Spidey fans, Spider-Man 3 isn’t perfect, but it’s not the disaster everybody likes to think it is.
Yes, it’s got too many villains, yes Peter’s emotional transformation is atrocious and yes, it completely fudges Venom (a character Sam Raimi didn’t even want in the film), but if anything, that over-stuffed narrative is reflective of just how ambitious comic-book movies have now become.
Spider-Man 3 is basically Raimi going for broke, and though he himself admits not everything works, Spider-Man 3 is still web-head and shoulders above comic stinkers like The Spirit.