Hype Can Certainly Affect Opinion

I am writing this article having just hours ago watched Ingmar Bergman’s 1957 film The Seventh Seal. An interesting film with some gorgeous cinematography and some stellar acting. But did I find it as brilliant, as fantastic, and a masterpiece as so many others found it to be? Sadly no.

This was just one of the countless examples of films I have watched after hearing the hype and praise about them from everyone (including websites like IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes) and ended up not thinking anywhere near as much of them. It’s a frustrating thing but also inevitable, and I guarantee it will continue happening in the future.

Now having mentioned The Seventh Seal, of which I must say I did still moderately like, I thought I would throw in some others which I had the same experience with.

Apocalypse Now – This is one of the most highly regarded films in history, even stated to be the very best war film ever made. Channel 4 even listed it as the number one film to see before you die. So when I eventually got round to watching it I was sorely disappointed. Again it was the technical filmmaking, the cinematography and acting etcetera, that was what I found high merit in. However I found myself bored, un-interested and overall it felt like an utter chore to sit through.


The Deer Hunter – Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and director Michael Cimino? Certainly a recipe for greatness in my book. However I don’t think I have had a more boring cinematic experience in my life. Dragging on for an excruciating three hours, I was looking at my watch every five minutes during this one. I may have to try it again at some point but all I can remember is I was bored stiff (except, of course, for those harrowing Russian roulette scenes – the only saving grace).


The Exorcist – There’s always a danger when something gets labelled the best of it’s genre when someone then watches it for the first time. The Exorcist is so often given the title of “the scariest film ever made” and I’m sorry but not once did I feel frightened during this movie. Partly down to my knowledge of how the little girl behaves in it and partly down to the fact the film hasn’t aged well but overall I laughed when I should have been scared. I just don’t get why this is hailed as high as it is and in the way it is.

Those are just a few of mine, why not throw in some of yours?