You know those movies that you have to admit are poorly made, or in other ways imperfect movies? But, you still enjoy watching them. Sometimes, they are so bad they are good movies, other times they are guilty pleasures, or they can be part bad and part good. I consider “so bad they are good” movies as universally admitted to be low quality movies. And the goodness of the movie comes, at least in part, from the badness of the movie. These are different from guilty pleasures. Guilty pleasures have different opinions among movie lovers. Some people may like them and some people don’t. I want to focus on movies that are not well appreciated, but, I believe have some redeeming value.
Here are movies that I enjoy and will watch again and again which have ratings on IMDB of less than 6.0. The first movie is Elektra 2005 with Jennifer Garner in the title roll. After the critical failure of the Ben Affleck version of Daredevil, the spin off character Elektra starred in her solo movie. It was a critical and box office flop. I enjoy it, to this day. I like that the character turns from evil to good. Questions are raised of loyalty, betrayal, and resisting impossible odds. We learn important lessons. As Stick tells Electra, “Some lessons can’t be taught, Elektra. They must be lived to be understood.”
Peacemaker (1997) tells the story of US government operatives dealing with loose nuclear weapons. It was an early movie effort of George Clooney with Nicole Kidman playing the scientific role. Certainly a weak entry in the movie careers of the two stars. But, I find the movie an edge-of-my-seat ride. At the time, the threat probably seemed remote and laughable. I personally, don’t think the danger of nukes to be easily dismissed, even today. Or, perhaps especially today. As Kidman’s character says, “I don’t fear the people who want ten nuclear weapons, I’m terrified of the individual who only wants one!”
Let’s talk about Jupiter Ascending (2016). This movie starring Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, and Sean Bean has been widely panned. I however, find it endlessly entertaining. The imagining of a future where earth’s human concerns are unimportant, and the planet can be traded at the whim of intergalactic beings is a fruitful fantasy to consider. Our heroes face impossible odds and never give up in attempting to defend their birthrights. I like the idea that even in that future where some individuals’ hold almost unbelievable power, there are still authorities to challenge those powers. How can I not love a movie that makes an homage to Brazil, in the bureaucracy scene.
I will admit that Jupiter Ascending contains some flaws. For example some of the dialog is laughably painful. Like when Mila’s character says, “But, I love dogs!” But, that is the point of this film list. I offer movies that may be considered bad, but I consider have redeeming qualities that make them worth watching. You can find more movies I like at: http://www.listal.com/list/guilty-pleasures-superant