This is the 7th year of Against the Crowd Blogtahon created by Dell on Movies. I’m participating for the 6th time since I missed 2018 because I am a dumb-dumb. But I’m doing this year and eagerly going against the crowd once again.
If you’re not familiar with the Against the Crowd Blogathon, here’s a quick rundown. The idea is to pick one movie that everyone loves but you dislike, and vice versa. You pick based on Rotten Tomatoes scores. The movie you go against has to have a fresh rating of 75% or more and the movie you defend has to have a rotten rating of 35% or less. You can find more information on Dell on Movies blogathon announcement post HERE. If you decide to participate don’t forget to share your post on social media with the hashtag #AgainstTheCrowd2020.
I’ve traditionally picked romance movies to defend so this year won’t be any different. It’s now my thing, a theme within a theme because you guys know how I love those. I easily found a romance movie that needs a bit of a boost. The difficulty this year was to go against a movie. I had one movie in mind but that damn thing has a 73% fresh score so just below the criteria. Knowing my struggle, here are my picks for this year’s Against the Crowd Blogathon!
Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life is very highly rated among the critics but as you can see the audience wasn’t so impressed. Neither was I. This movie was too long and too weird. I saw it almost 10 years ago now and I hardly remember anything about it. Thinking about this blogathon I didn’t even think about this movie because I had forgotten about it. So if you’d ask me what it was about… I guess I’d tell you it’s about life. But that’s only because the title refers to this. The performances weren’t memorable either because I didn’t even remember that Sean Penn was in it. I only had vague memories of Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain. Anyway, I’d avoid this one and that’s that.
For the movie I’m defending I’m going with one of my all time favourites. That’s right, The Wedding Date is among my favourite rom-com lists. There’s actually a pretty good reason for this. You see, fake relationship is my favourite trope in romance novels. This movie happens to be based on a book that has that very same trope. Debra Messing portrays our leading lady who hires a male escort, the lovely Dermot Mulroney, to bring to her sister’s (Amy Adams) wedding. It’s fun, joyful and has a lovely twist. To see its score 11% rotten is just rude. Do critics really hate rom-coms so much!? Anyway, if you haven’t yet, this is like a great little treat for you when you’re in need for a good romance movie!
Feel free to participate in this yourself, you have until august the 23rd to post your entry!
I am so with you on The Tree of Life. What a load of pretentious crap! I thought The Wedding Date was just okay, but that’s still a lot better than Malick’s trash.Thanks for participating year after year!
Oh man I hated Tree of Life. I feel like the plot probably sounded really good on paper but then Malick got his stream of consciousness hands all over it and ruined it. I remember feeling like I was watching someone’s screen saver on their computer. Just random images bouncing around.
I’m sorry you didn’t like The Tree of Life as that isn’t a film for everyone. The Wedding Date I thought was alright. It’s just a nice little rom-com. I liked the character of TJ as she is just fun to watch.
I’ve avoided Tree of Life because everything I’ve heard is all about how painfully drawn out it is. The Wedding Date was harmless enough but once was plenty for me.