50DMC Day 21 – A movie that most fans and critics loved but you hated

18 Jun

More info on The 50 Day Movie Challenge here and here.

First of all: hate is a strong word, and none of the films that I do hate do not fully match the rest of today’s critieria, i.e. they weren’t that beloved by both audience and critics. So let’s go with “somewhat disliked” as a substitute.

Blue Velvet seems like an accurate enough pick, considering it’s reputation, 7.8 IMDB score and 91% freshness at Rotten Tomatoes. Granted, it’s been a while since I saw it so my memory is a bit fuzzy, but I recall really not enjoying it. It’s heavy-handed in the way it deals with its theme of the ugly evil that lurks beneath a beautiful surface, it draws scenes out for needlessly long and it feels somewhat exploitative, like it goes steps beyond what it has to in order to make its points. Some of the scenes are shocking for sure, but to what end? The acting is the strong point of the film, with the powerhouse of Dennis Hopper and the brave Isabella Rossellini as the obvious stand-outs. But that’s not enough to make me like it. Maybe a rewatch would make me appreciate it more as my tastes surely have evolved since the first time, but it’s not a revisit I’m eager to make.

Gotta love the song, though.


Posted by on 18 June, 2011 in 50 Day Movie Challenge


2 responses to “50DMC Day 21 – A movie that most fans and critics loved but you hated

  1. Jandy

    29 June, 2011 at 20:17

    I love David Lynch, but Blue Velvet is one of my least favorite of his films. I might like it better if I watched it again, and there are a lot of parts that I like a lot, but I thought it went way too sadistic toward the end for no real purpose.

  2. Emil

    29 June, 2011 at 21:07

    Seems like we’re on the same wavelength here. Blue Velvet certainly had its moments. Dennis Hopper’s character is quite unforgettable and there is plenty of heavy dark tension. But it all does seem excessive and pointless in the end. Lynch tends to be hit-or-miss with me, and this was definitely a miss.


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