Sunday, March 3, 2013

The worst movie I've ever seen

A week ago the Academy Awards happened, and while I don't care much for them myself, most people think they're a pretty big deal.  So he's my slightly delayed and only marginally related Oscars post.  Silver Linings Playbook was nominated for all four major acting awards (actor/actress and supporting of each), the first film to accomplish that since Million Dollar Baby in 2004.  'Baby also won the award for best picture that year.  I think Million Dollar Baby is the worst movie I've ever seen.  Before you get all mad and call me crazy, hear me out.

Movies are entertainment, and entertainment should be enjoyable.  If you don't have fun while watching them, what's the point? (Silver Linings Playbook succeeds admirably at this)  I saw Million Dollar Baby on a date, and afterwards we were planning to go out to dinner.  But once the movie was over, neither of us had any interest in eating.  I felt depressed and a little nauseous, unable to get the disturbing images of a paralyzed Hillary Swank lying in a hospital bed out of my head.

Why would anyone want to subject themselves to that?  If it's a film with historical value or one that educates (Schinlder's List comes to mind), I understand.  But a fictional movie that is purely entertainment?  How can it be good if it makes you feel gross?  To this day I wish I'd never watched Million Dollar Baby, and because of that I believe it's the worst movie I've ever seen.


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