Hollywood is a tough business and sometimes good movies don’t always get the recognition they deserve. Sometimes good movies just get bad reviews which hurts their reputation. Also, sometimes good movies that still get good reviews go unnoticed at the box office and don’t make a lot of money. However, these films do sometimes develop a cult following over the years and get a lot of fans. Since most of the world is in quarantine right now and some people are desperately looking for things to watch, now is the perfect time to highlight these films. This list consists of good movies that either got a bad rap, stumbled at the box office, or both. As always this list is opinion based so you may not like some of the films on this list, but if you haven’t seen them, they are definitely worth a watch. Also, these films are in no particular order.
Game Night is one of those movies that everyone loves once they see it, but hardly any people are seeing it. It made just over $100 million worldwide at the box office, which isn’t great considering how good this movie is. This movie should be on the level of movies like The Hangover, Bridesmaids, Horrible Bosses, Anchorman, and other famous comedies, but this movie just doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. The cast is so amazing and the movie really is hilarious throughout. This movie is not like typical raunchy adult comedies, the humor is clever and it is surprisingly well directed. Trust me, this is one movie you won’t regret watching.
Now You See Me
Interestingly enough, both Now You See Me movies did good business at the box office, however, critics were not kind to the two films. The first film is a very good bank heist film with a clever twist, magic, and the movie doesn’t get enough credit for its creativity. The second film isn’t perfect and its more of a guilty pleasure, but it’s still a very fun movie that’s worth watching. Now You See Me follows a group of famous magicians that use their magic to rob a bank and give the money to people in need. The magic in these films is really fun to watch and it’s a really clever twist on the bank heist genre. Sure, the tricks are sometimes a little hard to believe, but it’s a movie and realism isn’t always necessary. Also, by the end of movie, you too will want to learn magic and become a magician.
Birds of Prey
Now yes, this movie is extremely controversial and not everyone is a fan. And that’s completely fine, however, the problem with this movie is a lot of people decided they didn’t like it before they even saw it. In my opinion, this movie is really good and it’s a lot of fun. Birds of Prey did very poorly at the box office not even making it to $200 million worldwide, but on the positive side of things, it already has a very strong cult following. This movie may not be for you, but I urge you to give it a try before you make that decision. It’s a very unique movie and it’s a nice change of pace from the abundance of more standard comic book fair. The cast is really good, the action is kick-ass, and this film really does exist in its own fun, bizarre world.
Edge of Tomorrow
Edge of Tomorrow is the action version of Groundhog Day, and if that doesn’t excite you I don’t know what does. Unfortunately, this movie did soft at the box office, it didn’t flop, but it wasn’t the smash hit it deserved to be. The movie follows a soldier played by Tom Cruise who keeps reliving the same day over and over again after he dies, so he teams up with another soldier played by Emily Blunt to solve this mystery and win the war. This movie is very clever and will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time. There is no other movie like this one and it is definitely worth a watch if you are into action movies. Let’s also hope the sequel that’s stuck in development will one day see the light of day.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Not only did this movie bomb at the box office, but it got horrible reviews as well. However, unfairly so. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is a really fun movie that is worth a watch. The story is only ok, but the movie’s visuals make for a really entertaining experience. The two leads do a pretty good job and there are a number of fun cameos. The world-building is really amazing and especially during these times, it’s nice to escape to a cool new world. There is also a surprising amount of action in the movie that makes for some great sequences. The movie may not be perfect but it’s a lot of fun and the visuals and the world-building make for a really entertaining experience.
Making a sequel to one of the most famous horror movies of all time, The Shinning, is no easy task, but this movie pulled it off. Doctor Sleep is a great continuation of The Shinning and expands the world in a very clever way. Unfortelty, this movie is even more similar to The Shinning than it probably anticipated, because when that movie came out it did not do well at the box office and was not highly regarded, and the same thing happened to Doctor Sleep. This movie is a very intriguing physiological thriller that introduces a number of interesting elements to The Shinning lore. It also contains a number of really cool sequences and great characters. Ewan McGregor kills it as an older Danny and Rebecca Ferguson gives a stellar performance. If you’re in the mood for a good horror movie to watch, definitely check this one out.
While everyone on the face of the Earth knows the fast-food chain McDonald’s, not many people know the story behind it. The Founder is a fascinating movie that tells the story of how McDonald’s became the fast-food empire it is today. Sadly, this movie did very poorly at the box office and didn’t do well with awards either, however, if you are even a little interested in business, it’s a must-watch. This movie showcases the genius of Ray Kroc and how he revolutionized the food industry, however, it also shows the shortcuts he took and the people he hurt along the way. Michael Keaton gives an electric performance and the rest of the cast does a great job as well.
Ready or Not
Ready or Not is an extremely fun and demented movie. It’s basically about a new bride who has to survive a deadly game of hide and seek, and if she does, she lives while her new cult family explodes. While that may sound very weird, it actually makes for a super fun time. Samara Weaving, niece of Hugo Weaving, does a fantastic job in the role channeling serious Margot Robbie vibes, which is not a bad thing. The rest of the cast does a stellar job with an abundance of memorable characters. Plus the movie is visually interesting consisting of a bride in her bridal dress, wielding medieval weapons, running around an old mansion. This movie is also hilarious at times featuring a lot of clever jokes and funny moments. While the plot to this movie sounds absurd, it’s definitely worth a watch.
We’re The Millers
We’re The Millers is the modern-day Vacation, which is a huge compliment. This movie revolves around a drug dealer who puts together a fake family consisting of a stripper, a homeless boy, and a runaway girl, in order to smuggle drugs across the border. Definitely an ambitious plot, but it makes for some hilarious, laugh out loud moments. Sadly, this movie doesn’t get much respect and never even got a sequel or follow up. However, this movie is so funny and has a great cast, it really is a good movie. Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis head up the cast and really nail their roles. Sure, some of the humor is a tad cringe and the movie does go right up to the line, but for the most part, it’s very funny. If you’re in the mood for a laugh, make sure to check this movie out.
Lady and the Tramp 2019
To finish off our list, we have another rather controversial choice. This Disney Plus original has garnered mixed reactions, some say it’s a nice, cozy remake, and others feel it is a lifeless copy of the original. I feel it is a nice, fun, and cozy remake that is worth the watch. Now I’m not even a big fan of the original Lady and the Tramp, but I had a lot of fun with this new movie. It really is a charming and fun adventure for the whole family. The voice cast does a good job and while it’s not quite theater level, the production level is still very good. If you’re a dog lover, this movie is dog overload and features a large variety of them. The dogs really feel like fully-developed characters and it’s just a lot of fun to explore the time period of old fashioned New Orleans. Even if you’re not a fan of the original, this movie is still worth a watch.