Live Poll: Misunderstood Movies

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Is there a film that you enjoy, but feel like a lot of other people don't like it, simply because they don't understand it? They are quick to point out how dumb it is, even though you're certain it actually has many layers underneath its facade.

Each person may choose one film, and give a short 'review' of it, and if there are enough, it may constitute as a proper poll.
Here's an example (and my pick too):

Conan the Barbarian (1982)

Often thought as:
Just another dumb '80s action film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger

However: mihailo.razvigor says it's actually quite deep. It explores some heavy themes, such as futility of revenge, the power of persuasion, the importance of inner strength, as well as honor, freedom, friendship, free will, and more. It also has a surprisingly poignant performance by Schwarzenegger, as well as an amazing score by Basil Poledouris.

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Now, bear in mind that this is an opinion-based poll, based on your personal preference, so you don't have to spell out facts - just write your own earnest thoughts.

Current list: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls097469584

Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/Hp47elGzD1A/
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   Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Haters:
  • "It's too dark to be a superhero movie."
  • "Worst DCU movie ever."
  • "Make something entertaining."
  • "Fire Zack Snyder."
Me: (6 words) "People hate what they don't understand" #ReleaseTheSnyderCut

In detail: Maybe they should watch the ultimate edition. It wasn't Zack who messed up the theatrical version, it was Warner Bros., the producers, the businessmen. If you still hate it after watching Snyder's version, then you do not understand it. DC universe is supposed to be dark and Zack delivered exactly how it is and how it should've been. Batman v Superman is a misunderstood Masterpiece. 5-10 years later, people will understand it and start calling it a masterpiece, most of the fans have already admitted that it's the best superhero/comic-book movie to this date. The same happened with Kubrick's films, years later, you already know the effect.

Haters: "It is sh*t."

Me: "That is a three-syllable word for any thought too big for little minds."
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Batman v Superman is indeed the best DC ever, if not a masterpiece. Tbh, I never got to watch it in the theater, good for me, I've only watched the Director's Cut, and if I'm not wrong, it's also known as the Ultimate edition. And the same thing is going on with Justice League, following Snyder's daughter tragic incident, what the studio did, is so unfair. It's so sad that Snyder will never get to complete his trilogy. But there's still hope.
"Men are still good."
#ReleaseTheSnyderCut
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I'm desperately waiting for Snyder's cut Justice League. ;(
#ReleaseTheSnyderCut

Also, I wanted Larry Fong to be the cinematographer in Justice League. I don't know if it was Zack or the studio who hired the current one. But I'm 97% sure it wasn't Zack, 'cause in almost all his famous films he hired Larry Fong.

Edit: Can't believe he hasn't won an oscar yet. Maybe in the future.
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Your pick has been added.
I've edited your quote for clarity - please check it out, to see whether your original intent still remains: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls097469584
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Thank you <3
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"DC universe is supposed to be dark "

The Marvel Universe is not exactly a pleasant place either.  Frequent warfare across the Earth and the universe at large. Rampant racism, xenophobia, and hatred against anything different. Genocidal campaigns are recurring. Terrorist organizations with immense resources have been active for decades, often with political connections and the business resources of conglomerates. Various religious cults tend to be even more brutal, and less subtle than the terrorists. Human experimentation at the hands of various secretive organizations are commonplace. Magic users can resurrect the dead and convert them to living weapons. Monsters like vampires, werewolves, and mummies are real, and often massive in numbers. Elder Gods, Hell Lords, and many other demons are real and competing over possession of entire worlds. 

It is a dystopian landscape, that is rarely translated into the film adaptations of the comics. 
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Hey mihailo,

The link attached to users' names (even yours) on your list is incorrect. It shows a (404) error. Please check it out when you have time.

Thank you.
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Thank you. I've corrected it now.
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Spring Breakers (2012).

Often thought of as: A dumb party movie that relies on bare skin to sell itself.

However: Director Harmony Korine lures in the kind of audience that would like to see a superficial movie, but his aim is to alienate (judging on the reactions, the attempt was successful). Images, dialogue, narration and music are linked in a way that exposes the triviality, but also the danger that lies in an mindless party culture and the spring break mentality.
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Your pick has been added.
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I've always felt that Day of The Dead (1985) has been treated unfairly. I don't want to say misunderstood, but perhaps not understood well enough. I say "not misunderstood", because everything that's been said about the movie is true and fair: Too much talk for a horror film, extremely gory even for a horror film, with "such a level of overacting that humans upstage the zombies" in Roger Ebert's words, more or less. But the movie's depiction of human behaviour, only 12 of whom are left on earth, is so extremely accurate that it still leaves me in awe, it surpasses many serious dramas in that aspect. Although it's a zombie film with the best makeup effects I've seen (and believe me, I've seen pretty much all of them) with buckets of blood oozing from the screen, it still manages to give the viewer a feeling of pessimism and brooding about mankind's futility, rather than a feeling of disgust because of the visual effects (like many lesser horror films do). I'm not sure the film is what George A. Romero intended to make in the first place (his budget was cut in half, he had to use royalty-free music, cut the running time, change actors etc) but the end result is definitely a piece of movie history for me.

On another note, I'd like to add two more films. One is The Usual Suspects, which is an eye-roller when it's mentioned in every movie discussion, because there's always that token guy who yells "I GUESSED THE TWIST EARLY ON!" Good for you, ignoramus, go pat yourself on the back, but you guessed nothing. The real twist of the movie is that most of the story we just watched is a fabrication of a character. We just watched two hours of a lie (some parts were true no doubt, but that's another discussion) Some people are so moronically obsessed with guessing something or catching a surprise beforehand that they miss the actual experience they're supposed to be getting.

The second one is 12 Angry Men. Before the imdb discussion boards were closed, there were endless discussions about whether juror no. 3 was an angelic figure (white suit and all) and whether the boy on trial was innocent or not, etc. From their talk you could guess that these were mostly intelligent people with at least some movie knowledge, and some much more intelligent than me, but it still surprised me how so many of them could miss the point. I almost wondered "did these guys watch the same movie as me?" No, the boy's innocence is not the point of the film, the movie does not clear the boy of anything. It just points out that the prosecution's points were not strong enough, so they couldn't be sure, that's all. Even juror no. 3 points out himself that "Maybe we're trying to let a guilty man go free, I don't know. Nobody really can."

And let's not forget that for quite a few people, Rocky is still a "boxing" movie.

By the way, I agree about the subject matter of Mother! I admit I didn't catch most of it upon my first (and only) viewing, but it wouldn't have made a difference. No matter what it means and what it symbolizes, it remains THE most unpleasant movie experience I ever had. And I've seen A Serbian Film.
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NarniaisAwesome, it definitely has more, it's just that Rambo's own bodycount is one human being in this movie (more with animals, but not by much). 

Miscounted movie bodycounts are annoying me way more than they should so I decided to do that myself from time to time. I always try to collect and compare as much previous counts as I can and they're usually rather much off as exemplified by my comprehensive bodycount of The Terminator (1984)
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Thank you for suggestions - they were an interesting read. But since I've limited it to one suggestion per user, I've decided to use your defense of DotD.
As with other suggestions, I've shortened it for length and clarity.
Please check it out, to see whether your original intent still remains: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls097469584
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Thanks, you summarized it better than I could have done.
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I haven't seen it for some time, but I'm pretty sure only one person dies onscreen in First Blood, that's a deputy, who Rambo kills inadvertently (and he was trying to protect his own life, so it may not even count as murder technically). He kills a wild boar to eat, and probably some rats in the mine scene as well, but he only wounds the other deputies and civilians, or at least seriously hurts them. Nobody else is seen dying onscreen, even though there are some violent Vietnam flashbacks. But like I said, it's been some time, I could be wrong.

The novel, on the other hand, is pretty violent from what I heard, and ends with Rambo killing pretty much everyone and then committing suicide (I like to read many novels that inspired movies, but haven't been able to locate that one here) Which was completely changed for the movie to make Rambo more sympathetic for the audience. Which was a wise choice, looking back. It makes the movie more about PTSD and how war f's up men, instead of a movie about a crazy killer spilling blood.

But keep in mind that it's still a violent movie, in the emotional sense. In fact, it's not easy to watch.

Of course Stallone abundantly makes up for this in the later installments, he solves the world's overpopulation problem single-handed.
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"No, the boy's innocence is not the point of the film, the movie does not clear the boy of anything. It just points out that the prosecution's points were not strong enough, so they couldn't be sure, that's all. "

Considering the areas of uncertainty in many real-life cases, I would argue this is realistic. 
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Often thought of as: Everyone thinks it's a horror movie and this prevents their imagination from going beyond what they can see and blaming Shyamalan for making a meaningless story.

However: This is a much more complex film, it is a psychological study of characters with small elements of terror, a story that explores the consequences of living under ignorance and wanting to find knowledge, the consequences of living in a mental village.
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Your pick has been added to the list.
I've edited it down for clarity.
Check it out if you want, to see whether it captures your intent: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls097469584/
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Pete's Dragon (1977)

Often thought as a mediocre and forgettable Disney movie.

However, it's a wonderful tale of friendship, family and hope. This movie teaches us about the importance of justice and that kindness always prevails. It also has a great cast and some very beautiful and catchy songs.
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Your pick has been added to the list, the way you wrote it.
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Great job!
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Congratulations! That's a great one. :D
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Watchmen (c. 2008)

People were all like... "stupid sci fi action movie with this big blue guy with a big blue dick."

The psychological and socio-political nuances of the film were totally lost on the viewers.

PS. I'm referring to the movie which was based on the mid 80s comic books. 

The recent HBO Series IS total rubbish,
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"Watchmen (c. 2008)

People were all like... "stupid sci fi action movie with this big blue guy with a big blue dick."

The psychological and socio-political nuances of the film were totally lost on the viewers."

AND

"PS. I'm referring to the movie which was based on the mid 80s comic books. 

The recent HBO Series IS total rubbish[....]"
With these two sentiments? That's irony for you. 

And I love the movie and have yet to see the HBO series.
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Abi, HBO series is still based on the same book, it just uses discarded and small details from the story to craft a new one. Admittedly, it's not a show for everyone, but I totally love what they did with some of the characters, especially Hooded Justice. 
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Stephen Atwood,

There is no inconsistency, nor "irony" inherent in differentiating between intelligent socio-political and psychological nuance; and SJW excrement.
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What is SJW?
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Social Justice Warrior
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Congratulations mihailorazvigor on your 7th live poll! As of 7-Apr-2020 7:38 AM Pacific your polls have 2,498 or more votes, for an average of 357 votes per poll.

Misunderstood Movies
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