Posted by: ckckred | April 20, 2014

Is There A Movie You Admire More Than You Enjoy?


Often times I can appreciate a movie for its craft and complexity but be left cold by the experience.  Battleship Potemkin, for example, impressed me with its stunning visuals and still revolutionary camerawork.  The film, however, didn’t do much for me as I didn’t really connect to the story or characters (though it’s been far too long since I’ve last seen it so perhaps a revaluation is in order).  I had the same feeling about F. W. Murnau’s Faust, which also features some fantastic special effects but didn’t have me enthralled as I had expected (perhaps hurt by my expectations of the movie after seeing Nosferatu).

But what about yourself?



  1. I thought gravity was visually stunning! The storyline and the performances did not grip me at all. I think the hype made expectation too high which meant there was only one way to go and that was down! I did admire the special effects.

    • Completely agree. I really liked Gravity on an initial watch but I think it’s been overhyped. The script was nothing really special.

  2. Initially I would say something like The Master, which I thought was a technical masterpiece all around, but it really did nothing for me (that view has since changed over the course of time). And, um, well no other examples are really popping to mind right now, but I know there are plenty of movies that I can definitely appreciate and acknowledge their craft, even though they’re not necessarily favorites of mine or anything like that. 😛

    • I know a few other people weren’t too big on The Master. It was a pretty big punch for me and I think it’s one of the best movies of the past ten years, though it’s undeniably not for everyone.

  3. I think a good example of this, for a lot of people, is 12 Years a Slave. Not exactly sure how I feel about it just yet…

    • I can definitely understand 12 Years A Slave since it’s a pretty grueling watch. Not a fun movie but I thought it was a great one.

  4. Citizen Kane. Brilliant, but for me, cold to the touch.

    • When I first saw Kane I recognized its importance but it didn’t do much for me. After a second viewing it blew me away and I’m one of the people who considers it a masterpiece (though the hype has hurt its reputation).

  5. Taxi Driver; I respect everything about it but I’ve never been able to like it. I always tell people it’s the “best bad film I’ve ever seen” because it’s clearly very good but, no matter how hard I try, I find it plodding and boring.

    • Ouch, I absolutely love Taxi Driver. It’s in my personal top 3 and I think it’s Scorsese’s best movie.

  6. Oh darn it. I wanted to be the first to say Citizen Kane.

    It’s almost impossible to read about Citizen Kane without someone calling it the greatest film ever made. It certainly set standards in filmmaking techniques that we still use today so it’s VERY influential. However it’s not a particularly exciting film to watch. It’s not even the best film in which Orson Welles acted. That title belongs to The Third Man.

    • I’ve got to disagree with you on Kane. I think it’s a very entertaining movie to watch and though I also love The Third Man, I thought Welles was better in Kane.

  7. This happens to me quite frequently. I also feel the same way about Potemkin, especially because a lot of my intro film classes made us watch it so I saw it about five times over the course of one year.
    The Passion of Joan of Arc also fits under this category. I admired the fantastic closeups and everything but I wasn’t really involved in the story.

    • I watched Potemkin for a film course I took. While I really liked the action sequences, I didn’t find the movie to do much for me. The Passion of Joan of Arc though I find emotionally enthralling.

  8. A Clockwork Orange, It’s great looking film, and has some interesting aspects about it, but it’s so hard for me to get through without dozing off. I don’t get anything out of watching.

    • I’ve heard a lot of things about A Clockwork Orange, but I don’t think I’ve heard anyone call it boring. What don’t you like about it specifically?

      • Well I remember I was really intrigued by the intro but it just started to fall flat from there until they went to the house for the singin in the rain scene, and it fell flat for me again until he was forced to watch something or whatever haha I can’t remember exactly what it was. The rest of the film was just hard to sit sit through, and both times I was struggling to stay awake.

        In general I just couldn’t find any enjoyment out of the film both times I watched it, It doesn’t do anything for me. However I have it on blu ray in a set with 2001 and The Shining, the latter which is one of my favorite films of all time, So hopefully next time I watch A Clockwork Orange I’ll see it differently.

  9. Seven, A clever film that makes me want to shower afterwards. I can’t recommend it to anyone I like, but I have to recommend it to anyone who likes films.

    • Se7en’s pretty gruesome but that adds to the appeal to me. I think it’s between that or Zodiac as my favorite Fincher film.

      • Zodiac, hands down is my favorite.

  10. last year in marienbad! certainly not a film to enjoy, but admirably written and directed and performed and edited!

    • I haven’t seen it, but I’ve heard that it’s difficult to watch..

  11. None come to mind but I know I have thought this watching quite a few films 😀

  12. Great question! There are a few movies I appreciate but not really enjoy, I think The Hurt Locker is one of them, on the top of my head.

    • Thanks! I do love The Hurt Locker, which I think is the best war movie to come out in the past fifteen years, but I do understand it’s not for everyone.

  13. Earlier today I watched Hard Boiled for the second time. I still appreciated the way the action set-pieces were choreographed, but that’s all there is to the film, and though I found myself admiring that aspect of it I felt completely disconnected from the characters and the story.

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    • Thanks! I’ll check it out right now.

  15. I did like The Hurt Locker, it’s just so many people overhyped it when it was released and I thought it was good, but not as great as many made it out to be.

    • I’me one of the people who thought The Hurt Locker was excellent. One of the best movies of the past ten years in my opinion.

      • I understand what you mean man. I agree with you about Battleship Potemkin.

  16. Probably Breathless. I’m a huge Godard fan (he’s my favourite filmmaker along with Jacques Demy and D.A. Pennebaker), but Breathless is really Godard at his most pedestrian. It definitely pushed cinema along from a technical standpoint, and I admire the homage to old Westerns and B-Movies, but it doesn’t hold a candle to his later films.

    • I haven’t seen Breathless, though I do have the new blu-ray release the Criterion Collection just released, but I have watched a few Godard movies and enjoyed them. I’m looking forward to his 3-D movie.

  17. I immediately have to think of 2001 A Space Oddessey. It looked beautiful but really bored the hell out of me. This is years ago since I last seen it (this was on VCR, so it has been really been a while) and had to fast forward to lots of sections.

    • 2001’s my second favorite movie of all time but I can understand it being plodding. Try watching it on blu-ray, it looks great.

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