Last night, after like a year of anticipation and hearing how hilariously funny it is, my husband and I finally watched the movie The Hangover.
I have to say, I was a little disappointed. Not that the movie was bad, or even unfunny, but it just didn't seem to live up to all of the hype (and maybe I have to watch it again. Sometimes I get more of the jokes I missed the first time around). There were definitely funny scenes and situations, but mainly it was the characters I didn't like that much. I didn't find Bradley Cooper's character to be likeable at all, Stu was kind of annoying and whiny, Doug, well, if you have seen the movie you know he's not in it much. Luckily we have the hairy guy (I can't remember his name, Phil??) who was funny, at times in disturbing ways, but that is to be expected. I thought at first Heather Graham's character was a totally overacted caricature with the most stereotypical Vegas job (escort/stripper) and most stereotypical Vegas situation (oops! we got drunk and got married!). I have to say, the baby they found and are lugging around Vegas was pretty funny (and a very cute baby)!
This isn't the first time that a massively popular movie didn't live up to its hype when I was like the last person on the planet to finally see it. Others I found to be "just OK" or at best "good" but not as phenomenally good as I had anticipated:
Knocked Up--what was funny about this movie, besides the idea that Katherine Hiegel would sleep with Seth Rogan?
Superbad--Jonah what's his face (one of the main actors) is annoying and not that funny! I like Michael Cera though
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button--rather long and boring, and I didn't feel we ever really got to know what it was like living as Benjamin aging backwards, though Brad Pitt did play the age differences well.
Slumdog Millionaire--I did enjoy this movie, but I couldn't help when it was done to think "that's it?". I guess because it won an Oscar I expected something more. What, I can't say.
I am sure there are others.
Then there are the movies that you don't expect to be that good that take you by surprise. I will have to ponder those and write about them later.