What's new

Movies that were a box office hit years ago, but don't date very wel (1 Viewer)

todd stone

Screenwriter
Joined
Dec 1, 2000
Messages
1,760
For me this would have to be Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves with Kevin Costner. This movie was a huge blockbuster and I loved it back in the day when it came out, but for the life of me I can't watch this anymore. Something about Kevin Costner and myself being older, I just cannot stand his work or something..

Throw in Bryan Adams for the song too :)
 

Charles J P

Senior HTF Member
Joined
Aug 19, 2000
Messages
2,049
Location
Omaha, NE
Real Name
CJ Paul
I'm not sure what Costner did, but you are not the only one that feels that way. I dont understand it all, but throw almost all the other "good" Costner films on your list too. No one likes Dances With Wolves either, but that movie was huge. I personally like all of Costners work, including Water World and The Postman.
 

Claire Panke

Second Unit
Joined
Jul 5, 2002
Messages
412
Hmmm...sorry, I didn't think Titanic, Dances With Wolves or Robin Hood were good the first time around, although they were all huge hits. (And some people probably still like them. Although that Celine Dion song...the horror, the HORROR!)) None of the above have improved with age IMO.

My favorite Costner films are Silverado, No Way Out, The Untouchables and Bull Durham. He's also good in JFK.

Sacrilege alert: Two films that I loved as a kid but that I can barely watch now are Ben Hur and Gone With the Wind. The chariot race in BH is one of the most amazing action sequences ever filmed, but the movie itself is pretentious and preachy. (Stephen Boyd flirting with Chuck, however, is hilarious.) I still enjoy the opening "comedy of manners" bits and burning of Atlanta in GWTW, but find the rest pretty tedious going...the longest soap opera ever filmed. I wanna hug Mammy, kiss Rhett and slap Scarlett and stop watching after the first half hour. Mostly, it seems like BH and GWTW go on forever.

I don't mind if films are long...Hamlet, Birth Of Nation, Seven Samurai, Abel Gance's Napolean and FOTR/TTT and many other films maintain my attention and affection.

I'm sure I'll think of some others...the world is littered with acclaimed films that have not passed the test of time.
 

Craig S

Premium
Senior HTF Member
Joined
Mar 4, 2000
Messages
5,884
Location
League City, Texas
Real Name
Craig Seanor
No one likes Dances With Wolves either...
I still think Dances With Wolves is a great film. I think it gets a lot of grief because everyone thinks Goodfellas should have won BP (and Scorsese BD) that year. That's probably true, but it doesn't make DwW a bad film.

RH:PoT, OTOH, never was a very good film, although it's kind of fun in a campy way.

Titanic has been debated endlessly on this board. Just put me in the camp that thinks it's a great, old-fashioned (well, except for the drawing scene ;) )Hollywood entertainment.
 

todd stone

Screenwriter
Joined
Dec 1, 2000
Messages
1,760
Ya Top gun is another. Something about the music from Kenny Loggins perhaps? :)


Also, perhaps that Robin Hood, Kevin Costner didn't use an english accent? :)
 

Geoffrey_A

Second Unit
Joined
May 22, 2001
Messages
280
What about the Karate Kid? Now that was big back in the day, but now? Well, it just doesn't stand the test of time. The less said about the sequels the better.
 

Charles J P

Senior HTF Member
Joined
Aug 19, 2000
Messages
2,049
Location
Omaha, NE
Real Name
CJ Paul
I should specify that I do like DWW, as well as the other Costner pics. It just seems like it has gotten really unpopular.
 

JeremySt

Screenwriter
Joined
Aug 19, 2001
Messages
1,771
Real Name
Jeremy
Natural Born Killers. First time I saw it, I thought it was great. Now, I think it is steaming pile.
 

John^Lal

Stunt Coordinator
Joined
Feb 15, 2003
Messages
208
More support for Dances with Wolves. I loved and still love that movie. reasons why i think Robin Hood may not have aged well is because of Kevin Costner being in it. I know plenty of people, including myself, who have become completely disgusted by Kevin Costner's self-indulgence.
Movies i don't think have aged well, off the top of my head..
Philadelphia.
Color Purple.
impact of both films seemed reduced last time i watched them
 

Larry Sutliff

Senior HTF Member
Joined
Jun 17, 2000
Messages
2,861
Anything directed by Tony Scott in the eighties(TOP GUN, BEVERLY HILLS COP 2,etc.). They seemed trend setting then, now they look like 2 hour MTV videos.
 

FredK

Second Unit
Joined
Mar 26, 2003
Messages
466
Anything directed by Tony Scott in the eighties(TOP GUN, BEVERLY HILLS COP 2,etc.). They seemed trend setting then, now they look like 2 hour MTV videos.

But that's the eighties... and some films shouldn't "date" well. They're great trips to the recent past for me.

On the other hand any period film should date well because it's not a product of it's own time.

RH:PoT didn't date well... it doesn't fill it's length and gets boring at times. It's a good movie, but not as good as I thought it was origninally (of course, superior product like Braveheart that is entertaining from beginning to end changes my perception too).

As much as I enjoy it, every time I watch Gladiator I think it may not age well. It gets slower (and less interesting) every time I see it.
 

Ben Osborne

Second Unit
Joined
Mar 9, 2002
Messages
475
I would say "The Deer Hunter." It won Best Picture, yet not a lot of people talk about it now. These days it seems pretty tedious and difficult to sit through. That wedding scene goes on forever. Yes, the Vietnam Russian Roulette scene is very intense and memorable, but the rest of the movie just drags on.
 

Dwayne

Supporting Actor
Joined
Jan 22, 2000
Messages
770
It's a shame that we don't have directors posting in this thread. I'm sure some might bring up their own body of work, even if we assured them that it holds up quite well.

I can see why some people say Titanic. I was amazed in the theater (three times) but I can never muster the motivation to watch in on home video (only once). And yes, I do hold Celine Dion partially responsible.
 

John^Lal

Stunt Coordinator
Joined
Feb 15, 2003
Messages
208
Titanic is definately a film event. though it was at the end of way too many toungues and have made us all resent it now, we all know how magnificent it looked on that huge screen. 50" just is not the same.
all movies are better in the theaters...but some more than others. Titanic is a movie seems like it would have been perfect on an IMAX screen...i guess thats why James Cameron went back to the Titanic and filmed something for those awesome 110 ft screens
 

Users who are viewing this thread

Sign up for our newsletter

and receive essential news, curated deals, and much more







You will only receive emails from us. We will never sell or distribute your email address to third party companies at any time.

Latest Articles

Forum statistics

Threads
357,812
Messages
5,143,728
Members
144,490
Latest member
Captain
Recent bookmarks
0
Top