I grew up in New York City as the unpopular kid. I was and always will be an nonconformist with his own opinion and that is one of my strengths as a film critic. I am not afraid to make unpopular decisions in regards to my favorite films of the year. I defend films that I believe are good and were not given a good chance.
I talked enough about why the category was here. Now, here we go with the Top 5 Unpopular Movies of 2012.
5. Snow White and the Huntsman by Rupert Sanders
I actually like this film. The commercials were great displaying the wonderful special effects as the evil henchmen shatter into glass like that of the Queen’s Mirror. And it was not Avengers or the Dark Knight Rises. Sure there is not as much depth as the Lord of the Rings or Avatar with its different specieses of evil, but it is well done and completely immerses me into the film. Everything is edited, so that it can transition into something else and it is a cool effect a la the T-1000 in T2.
The film is a prime example of how dark in fairy tales should be done, adding sympathetic characters to that of Queen Ravenna, realistic action sequences mixed with Lord of the Rings fantastical action sets. There are some edits which include scenes of overacting, but that is what makes performances in blockbusters so great.
I have no idea how they are going to make a sequel, but best of luck to them. Definitely should be better than something done in the Disney Renaissance.
4. Cloud Atlas directed by Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis
3. Prometheus directed by Ridley Scott
2. Demoscene: Art of Algorithim directed by Szilárd Matusik
1. The Letter directed by Jay Anania I do not know if it is really underrated as it was really undermarketed and went straight to DVD. It did not do well, because there were no screenings for critics. I honestly just bought the DVD because I ran into the Buy 2 Get a Discount deal at Redbox with Snow White and the Huntsman. I was impressed by both films. The Letter is a Terrence Malick-like endeavor dealing with the troubles of directing, depression and dreams. Winona Ryder gets the character perfectly with her past experience with depression. The other actors seem to not have (or at least display) the same experience as her and a part of the beginning did not seem to be edited correctly and should have been cut out.
It currently has 6% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes and no critic ratings, which is a shame, because I am very curious as to what other critics have to say about the film good or bad.
I do not know if this film is as thick of a piece of cinema as Prometheus or Cloud Atlas, but it definitely establishes its mood the best.