We here at The Richest love movies. They’re marvelous self-contained morsels of entertainment that can whisk us away to a world of whimsy or show us the muck and mire of real-life. Watching a great movie can make you look at the world differently in the same way a camera filter makes images notably different. In short, it is a glorious medium. By no means, however, does that mean that all of the films we see are worth our times. Sometimes movies are great, sometimes they suck, but more often than not they live in some kind of middle ground.
One of the oddest examples of the spectrum of quality movies can live in, has to be those that are awesome save for a single moment. These are the films that get their audience to totally buy into them and then out of nowhere, take a detour that has the majority of viewers scratching their heads and wondering what went wrong. For this list, we will be focusing on those films that managed such an unfortunate feat.
The criteria for the list should be abundantly clear. A movie needs to first be agreed upon by the majority of the masses as a well-made film. That doesn’t mean that everyone is going to feel that way, as individual tastes are different. We were also open to films that were poorly received by professional critics but a lot of everyday moviegoers embraced. Then, there needs to be a scene or sequence that managed to take a lot of the shine off the apple, making a movie that could have been fully embraced and dropping it down a grade or two.
15 Captain America: The First Avenger – USO Slow
An important movie in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the first Captain America movie had a lot to do. Set up one of the principle Avengers, his archenemy, the time period the film was set in, and a small group of supporting characters, it clearly had its work cut out for it. As far as the quality of the film goes it was decent in spite of all of those things but there was a pretty lengthy sequence in the film that did little to push the story forward or serve any of the movie’s other masters.
14 Star Trek – CGI Monstrosity
The 2009 Star Trek remake/reboot was a massive success when it came to box office receipts and it made a lot of old fans happy and brought some newbies into the franchise. So, how could it find its way onto a list like this, we can hear you asking. Easy, it is another example of a film that felt the need to thrust a totally useless moment into its midst that served no purpose and did nothing to ratchet up the tension.
13 The Mummy Returns - Scorpion King
The Mummy Returns has mostly been forgotten to the annals of film history but for those who weren’t around when it first came out; let us tell you, it was huge. Making four-hundred-thirty-three million on a budget of less than one-hundred million, it was a sensation and a lot of people absolutely loved it.
12 The Lost World - Uneven Bars
Another sequel that did gangbuster business and has legions of fans around the world, The Lost World is remembered much better as it followed up on a gigantic movie, Jurassic Park. Bringing back the immensely popular Dr. Ian Malcolm we’d seen delightfully played by Jeff Goldblum in the first film, this time around we were introduced to his teen daughter and girlfriend. A couple of baffling characters, as his partner was supposed to be knowledgeable about dinosaurs but still practically invited a Tyrannosaurus attack and his daughter was just plain annoying, we hoped they’d go away.
11 Django Unchained – Quentin’s Cameo
10 12 Years a Slave – Bass Scene
9 Watchmen - Intimate Scene
8 Tombstone – Everything Josephine
Quite possibly the best modern western, Tombstone focuses on the battle that went down when Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp, and his brothers took on a gang of criminal cowboys. Featuring one of the most badass and understated performances we’ve ever seen, that of Val Kilmer as Doc, as well as a wild-eyed vengeance-fueled one by Kurt Russell as Wyatt, this movie is pure machismo.
7 Hoffa - Hunting Scene
Another movie that doesn’t get talked about nearly as much as it deserves, this 1992 film starring Jack Nicholson and Danny DeVito tells the story of the rise and fall of Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa. A man who led thousands but whose death remains shrouded in mystery to this day; his life was truly fascinating and as such, made great fodder for a film.
6 Signs – Swing Away
At one time he was seen as one of the brightest up and coming movie directors in the world but today when audiences see the name M. Night Shyamalan, they are more likely to stay away. Still, the desire some have to write off all of his early works, as they justifiably have his later films, is entirely unfair. The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable are both great and if you put yourself in the position of the family in Signs, it is a very creepy experience. That said, we agree one hundred percent with his detractors when it comes to the film’s climax.
5 Harry Potter, Prisoner of Azkaban – Werewolf Issues
We know full well that the Harry Potter series has as rabid a fanbase as any that exist today and in our opinion, that is largely for good reason. A well-constructed franchise with many compelling characters and creatures, there is a lot to be completely entertained by whenever you enter the world of Hogwarts.
4 The Dark Knight Rises –Ending Woes
The third film in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises had a lot to live up to after the near perfection that was the previous film. Not as great as the previous entry, it resulted in some believing that the film wasn’t well made simply due to the unfair comparison. Of course, it didn’t help the way people remember this film that the ending was so stupid and poorly executed.
3 X-Men -Toad Lightning
2 Let the Right One In - Cats
1 Return of the Jedi –Jedi Rock’s
We love the Originals Star Wars trilogy. You probably love the Original Star Wars trilogy. The last film in that series, Return of the Jedi, was the most controversial of the group, in large part due to the inclusion of the Ewoks, but it was still heralded as a wonderful film. For some reason, that wasn’t enough for George Lucas and he had to go back and monkey around with it which resulted in him making a bunch of unnecessary changes that most fans hated. The most notorious of the group is obviously making it so Greedo shoots first but in our mind, the one that feels never-ending and virtually unwatchable, is Jedi Rock’s.
Thrust into the middle of the scenes in Jabba’s palace, evidently, Mr. Lucas was always bothered that the band that is playing wasn’t able to do anything elaborate. Thus, he went back and inserted an intolerable song and dance sequence that is in a language we don’t understand, sounds shrill and obnoxious, and serves to put the brakes on the film’s story. We always looked forward to seeing the Rancor and the fact that we are now supposed to sit through this garbage to get to it is such a massive bummer we can’t even put it in words.
Sources: IMDB, Wikipedia
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