Hugo and Bola discuss underrated movies, particularly because Bola’s disappointed more people didn’t gravitate towards the epic Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049” and the two elaborate on what quantifies an underrated movie. Is it public reception or box office dollars? What is actually a movie flop? Hugo again cites “Stardust” as an underrated movie that should have been more successful.
Are opinions subjective or are those apart from Bola’s and Hugo’s simply wrong? “Constantine,” “Road House,” cult films and more.
They also discuss the possibilities of film financing nowadays versus yesteryear, in part inspired by Oliver Stone’s recently released memoir “Chasing The Light.”
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Blade Runner 2049 and underrated movies
Blade Runner 2049, directed by Denis Villeneuve, is widely considered to be one of the best science fiction movies of the past decade. Despite critical acclaim and a loyal fan base, the film did not perform as well as expected at the box office, leading many to label it underrated. This raises the question: what makes a movie underrated, and why do some films fail to find the audience they deserve?
Underrated movies are those that, for one reason or another, fail to achieve the level of recognition or success they deserve. This can be due to a variety of factors; poor marketing, lack of funding, or simply bad timing. However, in many cases, the reason that a movie is underrated is that it does not conform to the mainstream Hollywood formula. Such movies may challenge viewers’ expectations, or tackle unconventional themes and subject matter.
Blade Runner 2049 is a prime example of a movie that challenges viewers’ expectations. It is a sequel to the 1982 classic Blade Runner, which is widely regarded as a masterpiece of science fiction. However, instead of simply rehashing the original film, Blade Runner 2049 takes the story in a bold new direction. It explores the nature of consciousness and what it means to be human in a visually stunning and thought-provoking way.
Despite these qualities, Blade Runner 2049 did not perform as well at the box office as expected. This is perhaps due in part to its unconventional nature. It is a slow-burning, cerebral film that eschews the fast-paced action and easy-to-digest plot of many Hollywood blockbusters. It requires viewers to engage with complex ideas and characters, rather than simply sit back and be entertained.
This is not to say that all underrated movies are necessarily slow and cerebral. In fact, there are many examples of underrated movies that are fast-paced, action-packed, and highly entertaining. These films may simply have been overlooked due to poor marketing, or because they did not fit neatly into a specific genre or category.
Ultimately, the reasons why some movies are underrated are complex and varied. However, what unites them all is a failure to find the audience they deserve. Whether due to a lack of funding, poor marketing, or simply bad timing, these films often slip through the cracks and are forgotten by mainstream audiences. It is up to critics and fans to champion these movies and ensure that they receive the recognition and acclaim they deserve.
Blade Runner 2049 is a prime example of an underrated movie that deserves more attention and recognition. Its challenging themes and unconventional approach may have been off-putting to some viewers, but for those willing to engage with it, the film offers a rich and rewarding experience. This raises the broader question of how we define and value movies, and whether we should be more willing to embrace films that challenge our expectations and push the boundaries of what is possible in cinema.