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(LA Times)   "The Avengers" voted most overrated movie of 2012   (latimes.com) divider line 381
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2013-01-03 04:38:04 PM  
Oh man. 2600 respondents in an online poll that had only 7 choices out of all the movies of 2012? Choices that didn't even include some of the biggest movies of the year like Dark Knight Rises and Skyfall? How very scientific.
 
2013-01-03 04:39:03 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Fark that, "The Avengers" was the most fun I had in theaters all year.

This; "overrated" IMHO is when a movie is super-hyped but delivers little in return. "The Avengers" was nothing of the sort: It delivered and then some.

"Prometheus" was the biggest letdown.

Haven't seen it but from the reviews it's pretty much a "meh".

"Dredd" was the biggest surprise for me this year. I went in with very low expectations, but was thorougly impressed. And Karl Urban as Dredd was just fantastic. Too bad it did terribly in the theaters, they really could've done something with that franchise.

Might have to check this out.

 
2013-01-03 04:39:11 PM  

JohnnyC: I actually enjoyed the Avengers... My favorite part (***Spoiler Alert - so stop reading now if you don't want to know***) was when the Hulk grabbed Loki mid sentence and whooped his ass. I laughed heartily at that. :)


Totally agree.

I likened that to the Indiana Jones moment when he pulled out the gun and casually shot the schimatar wielding badass.
 
2013-01-03 04:39:26 PM  

Orgasmatron138: scottydoesntknow: Fark that, "The Avengers" was the most fun I had in theaters all year.

"Prometheus" was the biggest letdown.

"Dredd" was the biggest surprise for me this year. I went in with very low expectations, but was thorougly impressed. And Karl Urban as Dredd was just fantastic. Too bad it did terribly in the theaters, they really could've done something with that franchise.

I agree with all of this, except I haven't seen Dredd yet. My brother says it's good, though.


It's very good, and one of the only movies I can say that I wish I had seen in 3D. The "slo-mo" parts were done very well. Just know that it really earns its "R" rating, one of the goriest movies I've seen in a while.
 
2013-01-03 04:41:42 PM  

Apos: AdolfOliverPanties: Apos: I agree with Bernie's designation, though.

I will have to NetFlix that post-haste.  I noticed it popped up the other day as a new release I can watch instantly.


You won't regret it. It's Jack Black's best role to date.


not exactly a high bar
 
2013-01-03 04:42:34 PM  

StopLurkListen: [Avengers spoiler alert] Was there any justification for Hulk to go smashing through the ship trying to kill whatsername when later we find out he was in control of the Hulk all the time?


The thought behind it is he can control it up to a point, but if it's a fear or adrenaline-induced tranformation (like the fact that he didn't trust anyone on the ship, the scepter was affecting the heroes, and then the sudden explosion)  he has very little control over it. The Hulk enters self-preservation mode instead of kick-all-the-bad-guy's-asses mode that he does later.
 
2013-01-03 04:43:51 PM  
StopLurkListen:

Remember that Loki's pokey-stick was influencing them all to violence at the time.  He may have had relative control over the Hulk at that point, unless it was incited like that.  You could also make the argument that his choosing to Hulk out allows him that measure of control whereas just getting angry/scared/almost dead would just be a pure primal reaction.
 
2013-01-03 04:44:08 PM  

Shadowknight: But having never made it past the first book, despite multiple times throughout my life to do so, I just didn't have the reference to really care about the characters I think.


One last experiment for you to try -- read until they meet Tom Bombadil, then skip ahead until Tom and Goldberry disappear. Worked for me...

/Same tactic can be used to get past the dreadful Sermon chapter in "Moby Dick"
 
2013-01-03 04:44:25 PM  

unlikely: Prometheus.
Not even a question.


Overrated != movie you didn't like. Nobody had anything good to say about Prometheus.

I thought it was better than Avengers, which everyone was going on about as if it were the best movie ever. It was superheroes punching each other for two and a half hours. It was dull.
 
2013-01-03 04:45:07 PM  

Pocket Ninja: Bad movie, but "most overrated" would have to go to Skyfall.


Or The Master
 
2013-01-03 04:47:44 PM  

ObeliskToucher: Shadowknight: But having never made it past the first book, despite multiple times throughout my life to do so, I just didn't have the reference to really care about the characters I think.

One last experiment for you to try -- read until they meet Tom Bombadil, then skip ahead until Tom and Goldberry disappear. Worked for me...

/Same tactic can be used to get past the dreadful Sermon chapter in "Moby Dick"


I read LOTR 3 or 4 times when i was a teenager. I went back to read them last year and the Two Towers is just a farking slog. Too much goddamned scenery. Paragraphs about paths they pass and don't take. I don't know how I got through it before.
 
2013-01-03 04:47:59 PM  

ObeliskToucher: /Same tactic can be used to get past the dreadful Sermon chapter in "Moby Dick"


Don't get me started there.  I always read the abridged version of Moby Dick, and thought it was a great book.  Then one time a couple years back, I made it my mission to read the unabridged version.  Dear lord, Herman needed an editor.  There were so many parts that were completely unnecessary to the story.  Entire chapters that read like a how-to manual for whaling, discussing diameters for harpoons and various weaves for the ropes.
 
2013-01-03 04:48:04 PM  
"The Avengers" voted most overrated movie of 2012

The Avengers was critically acclaimed and went on to become the third highest grossing movie of all time. So of course that guaranteed someone was going to vote it the most overrated.
 
2013-01-03 04:48:18 PM  

labman: Shadowknight: Agreed 110%. I loved Avengers. Dark Knight Rises was not even a Batman movie. It was emo Bruce Wayne crying about not wanting to be Batman with plot holes big enough to drive a truck tumbler through.


Just a boy in a playsuit, crying for mommy and daddy. It'd be funny if it wasn't so pathetic. What the hell, I'll laugh anyway....bhooohahahahahahohohohaha
 
2013-01-03 04:49:12 PM  
Avengers was great. Most overrated should go to Les Mes or Batman.
 
2013-01-03 04:49:21 PM  
Let me second and third the love for Dredd in here. Very well done, really captures the feel of the comics, Karl Urban was great...AND HE KEEPS HIS HELMET ON THE WHOLE TIME AS IT SHOULD BE. Sorry. I still have nightmares about the Stallone monstrosity.

I am also full of sad that there will likely not be a sequel. It's times like this that make me wish I could win some huge multi-million dollar lottery just so I could go to Hollywood and bankroll a movie or two that I really want them to make.
 
2013-01-03 04:49:22 PM  
At what point do we get to vote on the term "overrated" and the people who use it?

I think we can start approaching it as the physiological condition that generates the reaction.


It's called, "Being an insecure asshole." And "Deriving self-worth from literally any opportunity to distinguish yourself from the people you know."
 
2013-01-03 04:50:05 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Fark that, "The Avengers" was the most fun I had in theaters all year.

"Prometheus" was the biggest letdown.

"Dredd" was the biggest surprise for me this year. I went in with very low expectations, but was thorougly impressed. And Karl Urban as Dredd was just fantastic. Too bad it did terribly in the theaters, they really could've done something with that franchise.


I agree with every point you've made 100%.

Although I haven't seen Dredd yet, it's on my "gotta watch this" list. I even have it set to go on my hard drive, and I've read that everywere actually (that it's surprisingly good).
 
2013-01-03 04:50:06 PM  

brigid_fitch: A close second to Prometheus as most overhyped HAS to be The Hobbit.  And I absolutely loved the book when I was a kid and have re-read it many times over the years.  That movie's been promoted like mad for almost a year, only to give us something padded it out to 2 1/2 hours and fill it full of....just junk.  Storm Giants?  Radagast?  The whole thing w/the Pale Orc?  Ugh.  Just tell the damn story, Jackson, or you're going to end up like Thror--crazy and obsessed with gold.


My problem was that it felt like a prequel movie, had to show the characters from LOTR and some of their back story(Sauramon). It lead to half the scenes were light-hearted and fun and hobbit-like, then there was a 20 dramatic scene that would have fit perfectly in LOTR, but was a totally different tone from the hobbit.

/Fan-edit that takes all three movies, and crunches them into two hours is going to be amazing.
 
2013-01-03 04:50:12 PM  

brigid_fitch: unlikely: Prometheus.
Not even a question.

This, without a doubt.  "Oooo, it's Ridley Scott!  And he's doing an Alien prequel!  Academy-Award Winner Charlize Theron!  Look at the great shots!  Awesome CGI!"

And it's about some absolute morons who have no idea how to conduct themselves on a research party, despite being scientists, investigating an alien race that's mad at us because we killed Jesus.

/Seriously, I'm not kidding about the killing Jesus thing   http://geektyrant.com/news/2012/6/11/ridley-scott-reveals-the-enginee r s-true-intentions-is-it-con.html


This saddens me more than you know. Prometheus was...not very good, but I liked the fan theories that spawned from it. Making it about God/Jesus/whatever is immensely disappointing. For whatever reason, it reminds me of where they took the rebooted Battlestar Galatica. I wanted to beat the crap out of the writers after that ending.
 
2013-01-03 04:50:43 PM  

StopLurkListen: [Avengers spoiler alert] Was there any justification for Hulk to go smashing through the ship trying to kill whatsername when later we find out he was in control of the Hulk all the time?


From what I read somewhere else, when Bruce is in danger or attacked, uncontrollable rage Hulk comes out, hence his "sorry" look at SJ as he is turning. When he decides to turn, he can control it.
 
2013-01-03 04:53:26 PM  
I dunno what people expected.
Avengers was a superhero blockbuster with lots of explosions, humor, and eye candy. Its not meant to be shakespear, just good fun.

Prometheus tops my chart for overrated crap. The advertisements had more suspense than the entire film. People went expecting plot or at least a good scare.
They got eye candy but not much else but plot holes.
 
2013-01-03 04:53:38 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Orgasmatron138: scottydoesntknow: Fark that, "The Avengers" was the most fun I had in theaters all year.

"Prometheus" was the biggest letdown.

"Dredd" was the biggest surprise for me this year. I went in with very low expectations, but was thorougly impressed. And Karl Urban as Dredd was just fantastic. Too bad it did terribly in the theaters, they really could've done something with that franchise.

I agree with all of this, except I haven't seen Dredd yet. My brother says it's good, though.

It's very good, and one of the only movies I can say that I wish I had seen in 3D. The "slo-mo" parts were done very well. Just know that it really earns its "R" rating, one of the goriest movies I've seen in a while.


See the movie it is based on. The Raid: Redemption. It's an Indonesian movie that takes place in modern day with no comic book heros. Very very good. And very very violent. A++ would watch again.
 
2013-01-03 04:54:04 PM  

Errk: Award worthy....

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Not even the most attractive in the movie...

collider.com
 
2013-01-03 04:54:23 PM  

Errk: Award worthy....

[images.wikia.com image 557x739]


The only reason I might bother to see that film.
 
2013-01-03 04:54:41 PM  
Although I did enjoy TDKR, I thought it was way overhyped. One of the most absurd parts was the stock market assault and then what happened to Bruce Wayne after that. Really? No one thought it was fishy? None of the stock brokers inside made statements about them doing something to the system? Really?
 
2013-01-03 04:55:22 PM  
The Dark Knight Rises was the biggest disappointment for me....

Most overrated?

 Yeah, probably The Avengers.
 
2013-01-03 04:55:38 PM  

sidcart42: At what point do we get to vote on the term "overrated" and the people who use it?

I think we can start approaching it as the physiological condition that generates the reaction.


It's called, "Being an insecure asshole." And "Deriving self-worth from literally any opportunity to distinguish yourself from the people you know."


So anyone who didn't enjoy a popular movie is mentally ill?
 
2013-01-03 04:56:27 PM  

Fano: labman: Shadowknight: Agreed 110%. I loved Avengers. Dark Knight Rises was not even a Batman movie. It was emo Bruce Wayne crying about not wanting to be Batman with plot holes big enough to drive a truck tumbler through.

Just a boy in a playsuit, crying for mommy and daddy. It'd be funny if it wasn't so pathetic. What the hell, I'll laugh anyway....bhooohahahahahahohohohaha


Which is so disappointing; considering the movie that preceded it was friggin' awesome.
 
2013-01-03 04:57:34 PM  
Yeah Avengers is NOWHERE NEAR "most overrated" of 2012.

Then again, "overrated" is a stupid term anyway. Highly rated means that people like it, but overrated means that some people like it more than other people and the other people disagree with the people who like it?

If what we really mean is "overhyped" then it's still not even close

There were a shiatton of major movies in 2012:
- Dark Knight Rises (now THAT is easily the most "overrated")
- Amazing Spiderman
- Avengers
- Prometheus
- Dredd
- MIB 3
- The Hobbit
- Whatever the Pixar movie of the year was (Brave)
- Total Recall (can we call that one most "overhyped"?)
- I still feel like I'm forgetting about 12 movies that would have been considered "major blockbusters" if they weren't lost in the fray
 
2013-01-03 04:58:30 PM  

brigid_fitch: unlikely: Prometheus.
Not even a question.

This, without a doubt.  "Oooo, it's Ridley Scott!  And he's doing an Alien prequel!  Academy-Award Winner Charlize Theron!  Look at the great shots!  Awesome CGI!"

And it's about some absolute morons who have no idea how to conduct themselves on a research party, despite being scientists, investigating an alien race that's mad at us because we killed Jesus.

/Seriously, I'm not kidding about the killing Jesus thing   http://geektyrant.com/news/2012/6/11/ridley-scott-reveals-the-enginee r s-true-intentions-is-it-con.html


Add me in. Prometheus made me a sad panda.
 
2013-01-03 04:58:33 PM  

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: Errk: Award worthy....

[images.wikia.com image 557x739]

Not even the most attractive in the movie...

[collider.com image 850x473]


That dude was pretty hot.
 
2013-01-03 04:59:53 PM  

Esc7: scottydoesntknow: Orgasmatron138: scottydoesntknow: Fark that, "The Avengers" was the most fun I had in theaters all year.

"Prometheus" was the biggest letdown.

"Dredd" was the biggest surprise for me this year. I went in with very low expectations, but was thorougly impressed. And Karl Urban as Dredd was just fantastic. Too bad it did terribly in the theaters, they really could've done something with that franchise.

I agree with all of this, except I haven't seen Dredd yet. My brother says it's good, though.

It's very good, and one of the only movies I can say that I wish I had seen in 3D. The "slo-mo" parts were done very well. Just know that it really earns its "R" rating, one of the goriest movies I've seen in a while.

See the movie it is based on. The Raid: Redemption. It's an Indonesian movie that takes place in modern day with no comic book heros. Very very good. And very very violent. A++ would watch again.


It's not based on The Raid. It was written well before The Raid, it's just a coincidence that they came out around the same time. I enjoyed The Raid though, even though the subtitles I ended up with sucked ass. Good martial arts flick, but not much more beyond that.
 
2013-01-03 05:00:07 PM  

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: Errk: Award worthy....

[images.wikia.com image 557x739]

Not even the most attractive in the movie...

[collider.com image 850x473]


You're showing her bad side.
 
2013-01-03 05:01:47 PM  
Lots of mewling quims in this thread.

/got nuttin'
//except the boring observation that the biggest box office success of the year will invariably be regarded as the most over-rated
 
2013-01-03 05:02:06 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: The scene where Hulk thrashes Loki was one of the funniest I've ever seen


People frequently point to that scene when talking about that movie, though really, because its pretty much the only thing that stands out as a palatable occurence... Everything, just sorta blends together in a mish-mash.
 
2013-01-03 05:02:26 PM  

PsyLord: Although I did enjoy TDKR, I thought it was way overhyped. One of the most absurd parts was the stock market assault and then what happened to Bruce Wayne after that. Really? No one thought it was fishy? None of the stock brokers inside made statements about them doing something to the system? Really?


Was it just me, or was the way Bane died really, really shiatty? I actually wasn't even sure if he was dead at first...
 
2013-01-03 05:02:35 PM  

jonny_q: - Dark Knight Rises (now THAT is easily the most "overrated")
- Amazing Spiderman
- Avengers
- Prometheus
- Dredd
- MIB 3
- The Hobbit
- Whatever the Pixar movie of the year was (Brave)
- Total Recall (can we call that one most "overhyped"?)
- I still feel like I'm forgetting about 12 movies that would have been considered "major blockbusters" if they weren't lost in the fray


I had forgotten:
- Skyfall
- Hunger Games
- Jack Reacher
- The new Bourne movie
- Taken 2

It was a really rough year to release a movie that was "good" but not mindblowingly so.
 
2013-01-03 05:02:40 PM  

mjohnson71: SirDigbyChickenCaesar: Errk: Award worthy....

[images.wikia.com image 557x739]

Not even the most attractive in the movie...

[collider.com image 850x473]

You're showing her bad side.


i concur
 
2013-01-03 05:04:01 PM  

The Angry Hand of God: PsyLord: Although I did enjoy TDKR, I thought it was way overhyped. One of the most absurd parts was the stock market assault and then what happened to Bruce Wayne after that. Really? No one thought it was fishy? None of the stock brokers inside made statements about them doing something to the system? Really?

Was it just me, or was the way Bane died really, really shiatty? I actually wasn't even sure if he was dead at first...


Me too. It was just so random and out of nowhere. I kept waiting for him to show up later.
 
2013-01-03 05:04:32 PM  
www.troll.me
 
2013-01-03 05:05:37 PM  

T.rex: People frequently point to that scene when talking about that movie, though really, because its pretty much the only thing that stands out as a palatable occurence... Everything, just sorta blends together in a mish-mash.


Action-wise, sure. But it's not really an action scene. It's a sight-gag.

There were a whole buttload of memorable dialog scenes in the movie.

Most actions movies are like that. The part you remember is not the action but something else.
 
2013-01-03 05:05:42 PM  
Not sure if the poll is right as I fell asleep a half hour into the film.
 
2013-01-03 05:05:55 PM  

gunga galunga: Lots of mewling quims in this thread.


Damn, I got a lot of mileage out of that phrase.

/got nuttin'
//except the boring observation that the biggest box office success of the year will invariably be regarded as the most over-rated


Yeah, but that's what happens when people don't look up the meaning of overrated.
 
2013-01-03 05:06:32 PM  

PsyLord: Although I did enjoy TDKR, I thought it was way overhyped. One of the most absurd parts was the stock market assault and then what happened to Bruce Wayne after that. Really? No one thought it was fishy? None of the stock brokers inside made statements about them doing something to the system? Really?


So did Wayne get his money back? Fox said if they worked a long time they could unravel the transfers of his money I think? If Bruce was so dedicated to helping fostered children, seems like working to get his billions back might be a good idea.
 
2013-01-03 05:06:53 PM  

jonny_q: Yeah Avengers is NOWHERE NEAR "most overrated" of 2012.


Clearly you liked the movie.

Some people didn't like it. A lot of people went to see it. It got a lot of good reviews and broke a lot of records. It wasn't actually very good.
 
2013-01-03 05:08:06 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: The scene where Hulk thrashes Loki was one of the funniest I've ever seen


Ditto.

*WHAM* *WHAM* *WHAMWHAMWHAMWHAMWHAM* *BASH* (contemptuous drop to the floor) "Puny God."

/Gets my vote for most epic beating in a movie EVER.
 
2013-01-03 05:09:50 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Orgasmatron138: scottydoesntknow: Fark that, "The Avengers" was the most fun I had in theaters all year.

"Prometheus" was the biggest letdown.

"Dredd" was the biggest surprise for me this year. I went in with very low expectations, but was thorougly impressed. And Karl Urban as Dredd was just fantastic. Too bad it did terribly in the theaters, they really could've done something with that franchise.

I agree with all of this, except I haven't seen Dredd yet. My brother says it's good, though.

It's very good, and one of the only movies I can say that I wish I had seen in 3D. The "slo-mo" parts were done very well. Just know that it really earns its "R" rating, one of the goriest movies I've seen in a while.


I know nothing about Dredd, never read a comic or seen the '95 Stallone flick, but I loved the movie. And I can take or leave violence if the visuals are interesting, but the extreme violence was done with such a straight face and Urban had such a wonderful presence you can't help but get roped up in the fun satire of it. I grinned like an idiot through a lot of it, just like Avengers/TDKR/the first time I saw scott pilgrim without knowing one iota about it besides Cera was in it.

Smoking a lot before these movies helps this phenomenon, I've found.

/"Ma-ma is not the law. I am the law."
 
2013-01-03 05:11:11 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: The scene where Hulk thrashes Loki was one of the funniest I've ever seen


God yes. That was so awesome.

Loki: I am a god, you dull creature. And I will not--
Hulk: FARK THAT NOISE. *SMASHSMASHSMASH*
 
2013-01-03 05:13:52 PM  
I'm always amazed at the amount of charisma Jeremy Renner doesn't have. He's wooden in everything he's in and just has a d-bag look about him. And of course now that Hollywood has shoved him down our throats as an "action star" they're going to break out the Rom-Coms like with Gerard Butler. Just annoying.

Also, Avengers was great spectacle, bad everything else. Whedon is fine when he's writing his own stuff, but maybe franchise stuff isn't right for him.
 
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