We don’t subscribe to the notion that every Academy Award-winning movie deserved the golden Oscar. Sure, there have been a few mistakes, but the Academy’s 84-year record proves the institution is frequently spot-on. Surveying Oscar’s Best Picture winners allows us to walk the halls of cinema history, with film’s most honorable at every turn. Netflix users don’t always agree, however. The streaming service’s anonymous and boldly opinionated comments section reveals a number of misguided reviews of Oscar-winning movies that won unanimous praise. Opinions are subjective, but we question these critics. Hold your heads along with us after the jump where we examine the most ill-considered write-ups on Oscar’s best.
“Cmon folks…Citizen Kane this ISN’T. Nothing new here…boys meets girl, losese girl, finds girl again, all against the backdrop of war. It’s been done 100’s of times. Many of those are superior to this in both acting and writing.”
Those “100’s of times” probably weren’t inspired by one of the most beloved films from Hollywood’s Golden Age, right? Right??
“I’m not quite sure why so many people like this movie. It must be from decades of being told by the media that it’s a great movie. But it’s very hard to ‘enjoy’ this movie. I could not connect on an emotional level to any of the characters. I got the feeling the director was trying to create sympathy for Bogart’s ‘Rick’ but it’s hard to feel anything for a self-abusive, chauvinist, murdering, adulturer who never sees the error in his ways. Every character except Peter Lorre’s ‘Ugarte’ is a cliche and overacted. Hollywood could only have gotten away with this in 1942. If anything this silly was produced today, it would be laughed right out of the theatre and onto video in a just a few weeks before being so unbelievable and ridiculous. And what does ‘Here’s looking at you, kid.’ even mean? It’s just another stupid, catch-phrase that has no real meaning. Maybe this movie’s popularity was related to the anti-Nazism of the time. I don’t know. I wasn’t around then. Whatever it is, I don’t get it.”
Pardon us, we’re still trying to imagine a direct-to-video Casablanca with a schlocky, Scary Movie-esque tagline: “The fifth and final chapter of the four-part trilogy!”