Here’s a statement that shouldn’t come across as a shock if you know me at all: I am a big fan of pop culture and discussing what’s overrated and underrated in the industry. In fact, I love pop culture to the point where I decided to study media and film at university. A good chunk of my writing time has been spent for articles about the entertainment industry. However, there are some days where I question my taste in film -probably not the best thing to hear from a reviewer for this site, isn’t it? By the end of the day, I don’t even care what people think of my taste in films; like a lot of people, I just feel there are some that are underrated.
5. “Tiny Furniture” (Lena Dunham, 2010)
Lena Dunham’s “Tiny Furniture” is the least underrated film on this list. It did earn the title of the Best Narrative Feature of the 2010 SXSW Film Festival after all. However, I put it on this list because most people associate Dunham with “Girls,” rather than this film. I’ve seen a few clips of “Girls” but “Tiny Furniture” captures Dunham entirely. From the uncomfortably awkward sense of humour to walking around without pants, it’s the writer, producer and actress in a nutshell.
4. “Captain America” (Joe Johnston, 2011)
Another unexpected one, as superhero films are usually a guarantee for sold-out tickets during the summer. I feel like “Captain America: The First Avenger” is one of the few origin superhero films that is criticized the most. Alright, so it took a while to develop his narrative as a conventional superhero. That said, tying the history of World War II to the film was a really interesting take and not something usually seen in the genre. Only complaint? Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) should’ve had his dance with Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell).
3. “House Bunny” (Fred Wolf, 2008)
I remember first seeing an advertisement for “House Bunny” in “Seventeen” Magazine and thinking a movie about a Playboy Bunny was really unnecessary. To be honest, I loved this film when I first watched it. Yes, “House Bunny” does have the cliché “turn pretty and become successful” message, but it’s actually pretty decent. It’s light, has punchy jokes, likeable characters and a catchy soundtrack. What else could you ask for in a chick-flick? Oh wait, Emma Stone. Well, good news – she’s in that as well.
2. “Cardcaptors: The Movie” (Morio Asaka, 2000)
No surprise here; anime like “Cardcaptors” dominated my childhood. What I find interesting is while the film for it never took off into theatres in North America like “Pokémon” and “Digimon” did. After all, those three were some of the most popular animes in the 90s when I was a kid. “Cardcaptors: The Movie” also had a separate plotline from the main anime, and its narrative felt a little more dark and apocalyptic in tone than usual. Of course, “Cardcaptors” is great in general, but it had manga and toys like “Pokémon” and “Digimon” did, so why wasn’t the film released in theatres? Oh well, the film’s a treat if you’re a fan of “Cardcaptors.”
1. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (Tim Burton, 2005)
I hate to disappoint you, but Tim Burton’s remake of “Charlie and The Chocolate Factory” takes the cake on this underrated films list. I feel like I’m one of the few who actually enjoys this film – all the other comments I’ve heard were negative. I expressed my annoyance of complaints about film adaptations in my Top 5 adaptation list – this film proves my point. When I read the Roald Dahl classic after I saw this version, I felt like I was experiencing the colourful mise-en-scene and quirky dialogue all over again. The songs the Oompa Loompa’s sang? The exact lyrics in the novel! It just doesn’t make sense that so many people would be unhappy with a version more accurate to the book.