Why We Love Bad Movies: Intro
So I’ve been traveling a lot the last couple of weeks. On a flight to Anaheim, CA, I was stuck watching “New Year’s Eve” (2011) on the airplane. As I picked apart its flat acting, predictable plot, dumb jokes, and complete lack of logic or creativity (oh and Ludacris playing a cop and prefacing nearly all his statements with “as a New York City police officer”), I couldn’t help but remember that this movie made a decent haul at the box office. Someone must have enjoyed it somewhere.
Plenty of the top grossing movies of all time are hated by audiences and critics alike (Star Wars Episode I, the Matrix sequels, Pirates of the Caribbean 3) . So why do we like some bad movies and not others? Why do we keep coming back for more even when we know we don’t like it? I think the best way to answer these questions is to talk about the “kinds” of bad movies: 1) Poorly Made Films; 2) Failed Blockbusters; 3) Cliched Films; and 4) Movies with No Redeeming Value. I’ll start with Part I, Poorly Made Films tomorrow.
(c) 2012 D.G. McCabe