Bradley Cooper's "A Star Is Born" is one of them. (Or was.)
The minute it was announced, the movie seemed to attract unparalleled coverage - and enthusiasm - from the media. Oscar buzz surrounded it early on, sight unseen. There was so much acclaim prior to its release that the subsequent rave reviews seemed almost subdued, anticlimatic.
It was all a bit too much and so, while I approached the film with much anticipation, it left me underwhelmed. Was this because I also bought into the pervasive, unrelenting hype or was the movie simply not that great?
Then there's Bryan Singer's "Bohemian Rhapsody," initially the polar opposite of "A Star Is Born" in terms of luck and entitlement. Its troubled production (Singer was fired two weeks before its completion) was not lost on critics who could not separate its history from the movie they were watching on-screen. I mean, really, it couldn't possibly be any good, right?
Ever the contrarian, I liked "Bohemian Rhapsody." It surprised me. The film handily achieves exactly what evaded "A Star Is Born" - kinetic pacing coupled with old-fashioned storytelling. Also, its performances are uniformly superior to anything in "A Star Is Born." It's unfashionable to say this but Singer deserves the praise that went so freely to Cooper.
Lately, since the awards season began, there's been a reversal of fortune.
"Bohemian Rhapsody," the underdog, has made out unexpectedly well, chalking up several wins, surprising chagrined reviewers. (They seem outraged that a film that they briskly dismissed has been accorded any recognition whatsoever.) Meanwhile, the word "snubbed" seems to have become permanently attached to "A Star Is Born" and Bradley Cooper.
Come Oscar night, it's likely "A Star Is Born" will take home one award.
For best song.
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