THE OSCAR PROJECT
The Oscar Project
A quest to watch every Oscar nominated film
Yesterday I started my run down of my top films of the year with two surprises from 2021. Today I want to look at my biggest disappointments, both of which are from creators I have tremendous respect for, but that fell far short of the mark and the expectations I have for them in their creative works.
Biggest Disappointments of 2021
In the Heights
For everyone who loved Hamilton and lauded Lin-Manuel Miranda's brilliance in creating that production, I feel like many were let down by this film. While the poster says it was a new musical, it was his stage show before Hamilton and it shows.
The film felt forced in many aspects and while there is a strong vibe of West Side Story, I might as well just wait for the Spielberg remake of that film (more on that below) I respect the story told in the film, but this movie musical irked me in the way that I despise most about this genre.
My advice, just go watch Hamilton on Disney+ again, or check out the original West Side Story.
Those Who Wish Me Dead
Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge Angelina Jolie fan and I was very much looking forward to seeing her back in an action piece this summer. Unfortunately there was a lot of things that asked me to suspend my disbelief that just felt fake in the film.
My original review goes into much more detail about the film, but suffice to say that this is not one of Jolie's best films and certainly not one of her best action roles
I'm just a film buff who wants to watch great movies. Where else to find the best, than the list of those nominated by the Academy each year?