We can’t help what we enjoy watching. I’m sure even well-established critics have guilty pleasure movies, the ones that we know are bad/sub-par/not good but we don’t care. Here are a few of mine. Feel free to put your favorites in the comments.
Batman Forever (1995)– I’ll start with the most recent guilty pleasure. Saw this once, deemed it mediocre. Saw it again, liked it a little more. Saw it a third time, liked it even more. I know this movie’s dated. By gosh, is it dated! Yet there’s something about how overblown and cheesy it is that makes it a good watch. Its also one of the only true “popcorn” Batman movies we’ve ever had.
Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)– The amount of action may ward off some Trek fans and I get it. Star Trek is a more thinking franchise than Star Wars. Yet this movie has a passable plot, features some great scenes with the Enterprise-E, solid acting, and (of course) good music. To top it off, this film introduced us to Tom Hardy. I think we’re all glad it did.
300 (2006)– Unless something changes down the road this movie will be Gerard Butler’s career highlight. And there’s nothing wrong with that. He’s probably the best thing about the movie, second only to Tyler Bates’ controversial guitar-laden score and Zack Snyder’s excellent visuals. My favorite Synder film to date, 300 is the very definition of a mindless action movie. In that respect it’s successful and then some.
Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus (2009)– I consider this to be the first real ‘B-Movie’ I saw. And as my post “Looking at Some B-Movies” proves, this is my favorite. It’s worthy of that title because I never saw something so bad yet so enjoyable before. Also, the scene where the shark jumps up and destroys an airplane in one gulp remains one of the best scenes in any Asylum production to date.
The Star Wars prequels (1999-2005)– Let’s face it: these are not great movies- with the possible exception of Episode III. I think the Internet’s to blame for much of the prequel-hating. Episode II remains a particular guilty pleasure of mine. Despite all the hatred and division among fans I still enjoy watching them and I don’t think they deserve all of the hate (except for Jar Jar). At their essence all three are Star Wars movies and that’s good enough for me.
Transformers (2007)– I’m putting this here just to be safe. Although every film after it is despised by…just about every movie critic (professional or not), many agree this movie wasn’t as bad. I think its down to the fact that it was the first one! We didn’t know Bay and Co. would make
three four movies just like it. If we’d known that, this movie probably wouldn’t exist.
The Day After Tomorrow (2004)– Don’t we have the one disaster movie that we love despite it being otherwise bad? The Day After Tomorrow remains that movie for me. I used to watch this whenever it would come on TV. What’s there not to enjoy? It has multiple types of disasters (tornadoes, tsunamis, ice, hail, snow, and hurricanes) and is great popcorn fun, like most of Roland Emmerich’s movies.