Rachel’s Top 5 Underrated Movies

Written by Rachel Ganzewinkel October 02, 2013

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There are movies out there that you love that others just really, really don’t like for some reason. It’s heartbreaking to see something you adore be panned by others. But thanks to the internet there are others just like you that share your adoration for a movie and it’s not-often-understood brilliance. Here are my top 5 underrated movies that definitely deserve another chance.

5. “Young Adult” (Jason Reitman, 2011)

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This misunderstood dramedy written by Diablo Cody (Juno) is actually one of the more interesting movies I’ve seen in the past few years. Charlize Theron as the lead Mavis gives us a heartbreakingly awkward performance that will get you shuffling in your seat. She’s a woman who is recently divorced, likes to drink, and her career as a young adult writer is going down the tubes. This brings her back to a time where she thinks she could’ve been happy if only things worked out as she planned. The time: high school. The person: her ex from high school. The uncomfortable but tender insight into Mavis’ character is wonderfully, and sadly, honest. Also, Patton Oswalt is in this movie. And he’s never not completely awesome.

4. “The Mist” (Frank Darabont, 2007)

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THE ENDING. I’m pretty sure that is what peeved a lot of people. That crazy, closure-lacking, depressing-as-shit ending that will get you to yell at the screen in sheer frustration and anger. But that, I think, is what made it effective. The end wasn’t a cop-out because the actions taken by the characters were justified at the time. Also, the monsters in the movie were cool and the people in them were riveting and actually interesting. Which is important since a lot of it takes place in a grocery store.

3. “Bring It On” (Peyton Reed, 2000)

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“Brrr, it’s cold in here. There must be some Clovers in the atmosphere.” This movie, I found out recently, is not adored by all. The satire in the movie may have been lost on some, others may have just found it stupid, or they just really, really, really don’t like Kirsten Dunst. But whatever. This clever, fun romp of a movie is filled with classic one-liners (“Let’s not put the ‘duh’ in dumb!”) and catchy cheers. While satirizing the cheerleading environment, the movie also showcases the immense talent it takes to be a competitive cheerleader. Cheerleaders are not “dancers who have gone retarded,” they are people who are able to do spins several feet in the air with a ‘No Big Deal’ attitude too.

2. “The Terminal” (Steven Spielberg, 2004)

You're an unfeeling monster if you can look at Tom Hanks' crying face and not be moved

You’re an unfeeling monster if you can look at Tom Hanks’ crying face and not be moved

It’s impossible for Tom Hanks to not be amazing and empathetic in any role. Some unfortunately think that “The Terminal” was the impossible for Hanks. It’s been seen as boring and having no point, but it really does. This movie deals with being stuck between two worlds and the struggle with cultural identity and what is “home” is something many immigrants deal with. It’s an endearing role that may be a bit tedious to watch at times, but is overall sweet. He does what he came to do in America and proclaims “I am going home” to the cab driver. Wherever he feels that may be. How cute is that??

1. “The Fountain” (Darren Aronofsky, 2006)

That shot is literal magic

That shot is literal magic

Regarding my past Top 5, we all know Aronofsky is my favourite director. He is a wonderful talent who is able to convey messages through his movies using, what I can only assume is magic. The images he produces are just so timeless, beautiful, and awe-inspiring. “The Fountain” is no exception. And while even I’m not totally 100% on what the movie is trying to say, it evoked powerful emotions from me. I felt invested. I cried and smiled when Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz’s characters were being a cute couple together. I was in awe at the beautiful colors and images. The overall message was unclear, but I had an instinctual reaction to what I saw. Even though bald Hugh Jackman was a weird image (from an even weirder story-line), the epic beauty of everything else was pure magic. Also the soundtrack from Clint Mansell is just undeniably tragic, beautiful, and epic.

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About Rachel Ganzewinkel

Rachel loves movies and writing and has found the perfect amalgamation in writing movie reviews for We Eat Films. In between movie watching and the real-life world of work, she enjoys tea, reading, writing, and wearing over-size sweaters (while occassionally doing some of these simultaneously).

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