Children develop a connection with movies far more than adults because movies tell fantastic stories and teach them about the world in ways that parents cannot. But kids aren’t professional critics either, and it’s easy for real criticism or problematic footage to go completely over their heads.
Between the very first video game movie, a Will Smith steampunk comedy, and a Batman movie that’s a big toy commercial, it’s obvious what age range these movies are aimed at. But in many cases, Redditors still love them, whether out of nostalgia or because they think the movies are really misunderstood.
Super Mario Bros. (1993)
Super Mario Bros. was Hollywood’s first-ever video game movie, and it sadly didn’t put them on the right track and holds 28% on Rotten Tomatoes. If an animated video game is impossible to adapt to live-action, it’s super mario bros, as the leader of a turtle-like race, King Koopa, is now President Koopa played by Dennis Hopper, and Toad is now a human rockstar.
It’s a weird movie, to say the least, but muffin time think, “if you remove the mario IP and leave it as a standalone cyberpunk dinosaur adventure, it would be a legit cult classic. It’s so weird I can’t help but love it.” There’s a lot of production value in the film, and a lot of the sequences are weirdly compelling, which is why some think Super Mario Bros. is underestimated.
As Hook was directed by Steven Spielberg, the film is epic in every way. From the costume and set design to the action sequences, the film completely immerses audiences in Neverland. But despite his big reach, he was criticized for not trying to do anything new with the character. And that classic schmaltzy Spielberg sentimentality was too much this time around.
M._pb_hole was shocked when they researched critical consensus for the Peter Pan movie. The Redditor “couldn’t believe it was 29% on Rotten Tomatoes. Rufio!” In fairness, the film may not be doing anything new with the characters, but it does have a fresh take on the source material, as it sees Peter returning to Neverland as an adult.
Wild Wild West (1999)
wild west wild is one of the most confusing high concept films ever released. The film is a sci-fi western where the final act sees a giant mechanical spider spitting fire. Needless to say, the 1999 version has a miserable Rotten Tomatoes score with a 16% “rotten” rating.
But Batmanh20 responds shyly, “Gonna get a ton of flack but… wild west wild.” Despite its muddy plot and labored pacing, the film has a unique quality and aesthetic that any child would find appealing. The steampunk vibe of wild west wild alone is almost enough to keep you entertained for the full 106 minutes.
But Godzilla was popular and well known in English-speaking countries for decades, in 1998 Godzilla was the very first major Hollywood film about the kaiju. The film was slammed by critics for its poor CGI and simply being another disaster movie directed by Roland Emmerich, which led to a 15% rating for Rotten Tomatoes.
However, digitalhelix84 recalls when they first went to see the movie, saying “there weren’t two seats together. It wasn’t even opening day or anything. It was the first and last time it happened to me.” It doesn’t exactly reflect the quality of the movie, just that there were a lot of disappointed viewers coming out of that theater. But between practical effects and hilarious character actors, the 1998 Godzilla is better than the 2014 version.
It’s hard to call Constantine a “childhood” film, as it follows a suicide survivor and demon hunter who tries to avoid hell at all costs by working for the devil and dismissing demons, not to mention that it’s rated R . However, GeoKureli claims it’s one of the best films of their childhood, arguing that “Constantine is highly underrated and one of Reeves’ most unique performances.”
The Redditor isn’t wrong, because while it was critically acclaimed upon release and has a 46% on Rotten Tomatoes, more people are discovering it, has become a cult hit, and is a big guilty pleasure. The fans are dying Constantine 2and even Reeves tried and failed to get it off the ground himself.
Spiderman 3 (2007)
Sam Raimi’s first film in his Spider Man the trilogy is considered a classic, and Spiderman 2 is the definitive Spidey film. But because of the popularity of these films, it made the failure of Spiderman 3 all the more a crushing disappointment for the fans.
But West-Cardiologist180 notes that they even watched it recently and “still don’t understand why people hate it”. The film is best remembered for the way Peter Parker turned emo, the way he danced in the streets, and the unfaithful portrayal of Venom. But curiously, even despite the reputation Spiderman 3 holds to tarnish the series’ legacy, it is still rated “fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
Fans usually say that Alan Moore’s graphic novels are impossible to adapt into movies. And though it’s been refuted with hits like V for Vendetta and watchmenit just seemed so when The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen came out in 2003. But friend-beast loved the movie growing up, and they’re not afraid to admit they “still love it.”
It’s hard to defend the film, which has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 17%, especially after pushing Sean Connery into retirement. But given that it’s one of the most engaging superhero team-up comics, it could make for a great reboot with today’s digital effects and technology.
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
jurassic park was an innovative film for practical and digital effects, and it became a classic thanks to its memorable characters and iconic John Williams score. But its sequel couldn’t be more opposite. The lost World only saw one character return from the original, and while the visuals were good, they were no better than its predecessor from five years earlier.
The ex disagrees, preferring the more horrifying aspects of the sequel. The Redditor argues that “the opening scene where the little girl is eaten was terrifying at that age…and the chase/jeep chase scene was so exciting when I was a kid.” The lost World has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 53%, but it still exhibits traits of Spielberg’s genius.
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
It’s ironic that Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines is Researcher2020 favorite childhood film, as the threequel is the first film in the series rated PG-13. The film’s lower MPAA rating is part of a sea of criticism about the film, as it ditched the graphic edge of the first two sci-fi horror movies in favor of a wider audience.
The Redditor posits that it was only recently that they “realized that most people hate T3, but I still love him very much.” Again, as Spiderman 3despite his reputation, Machine lifting is rated “fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes, but barely, with a score of 63%
Batman and Robin (1997)
A deleted user love shamelessly batman and robina movie that was universally hated and ended the Batman movie franchise for eight years until it was finally rebooted with batman begins. The Redditor mentions that they’ve seen the 12% Rotten Tomatoes-rated film several times in theaters, and that “it wasn’t until I got a little older that I realized it was considered as one of the worst movies ever made.”
In all honesty, the movie might not make a whole lot of sense, but it’s fun, Uma Thurman’s Poison Ivy is iconic and full of cool puns. On top of that, the 1997 film is to thank for the existence of the darker, grittier and universally lauded Black Knight trilogy, as the darker approach was a clear reaction to the cartoonish film’s reception.
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