Browsing through the ratings on Rotten Tomatoes is a curious thing. Sometimes it's a satisfying occasion when a rating confirms your hatred for a film such as with "Godzilla 1998". Sometimes it's satisfying when the critics 'get it' and provide a positive review for a film that on the face of it really shouldn't work but does such as "Sharknado". However, it's really irritating when the critics bag on a film that really, really doesn't deserve it.
I was watching The Watch again last night for the umpteenth time. I personally love the film but I'd heard that the critics didn't like it so I thought that I'd check out Rotten Tomatoes, expecting to see a rating of around 55% (still far too low in my opinion). Instead I saw a ridiculous rating of 17%! "The Watch" is one of my favourite films and it led me to wonder what these critics were thinking when they reviewed it. For me the film is totally charming. The lead cast of Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade play fantastic and hilarious everyman characters and the humour is on point for the whole 102 minutes.
If anybody hasn't watched it and consider giving it a 'Watch' when they see it in the TV guide or in the video store and aren't sure whether to 'Watch' it, I couldn't recommend it more, no matter what the critics say. I sincerely hope that it becomes a cult classic in the next few years in the vain of "Little Nicky" and the "Johnny English" series; other films that the critics hated but that I really enjoy. The same goes for "Prometheus". The critics didn't really like it but I prefer to Alien and Aliens to be honest. Sorry for the terrible 'Watch' puns.
I've noticed that the same goes for music. There are albums that I enjoy such as "Loud Like Love" by Placebo and "Music from Another Dimension!" by Aerosmith that the critics didn't like but that I do. In fact, I like the former so much that it's my favorite album.