5 Disappointing Movies That Deserve a Second Chance

From ‘The Pick of Destiny’ to ‘The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’. These movies were labeled bad by fans, but have they matured gracefully?
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5 Disappointing Movies That Deserve a Second Chance

There are more than a handful of sequels and franchise movies that came out amongst tons of hype only to fail or disappoint fans that waited far too long to finally see them. Sometimes, its this anticipation that makes a movie seem less than its sum. We, as lovers of pop culture, have spent far too much time cultivated our own ideas about them. In many instances we have years, even decades, to build the movie for ourself inside our brain. So, of course, more often than not...There's going to be a disconnect. We never return to these movies again. Our tainted memories remain firmly in place. But sometimes, its these bloated expectations that devour us, killing any enjoyment or fun we might otherwise have with any given installment of the latest blockbuster. Sometimes, we just take these things too seriously. And a perfectly decent movie gets lost in that 'expectation translation'. Today, we are looking back at five such movies that we all waited a long time to see, only to walk away frustrated and indifferent. Have the years washed away these first thoughts of lameness? Or are these movies just as bad as we remember? We decided to revisit five otherwise disappointing, yet highly anticipated at the time, movies to see if they deserve a second chance. Or if they deserve to be flushed down the cinematic toilet of history.

1Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny

Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny

Tenacious D fans waited a long time for this movie, only to find an origin story that was a little too well known, and jokes that fell flat. It was all a little too familiar, and too much like their short lived TV show. While the opening and closing musical numbers were instant classics, the middle was weighted down by soggy jams that seemed tired and uninspired. Had the band reached their Zenith too soon? Fans wanted something new from the duo, and this was just too much of the same old thing. We'd seen it. We'd heard it. Why were we being asked to pay for a repeat. They're not superheroes. Was an origin story even needed? We didn't think so. And the movie bombed! The characters here have an all-too-familiar goal: To become the greatest rock band the world has ever seen. To achieve this, they must steal a magical guitar pick that rests in a Rock 'n' Roll museum many miles away from their home in California. Its a road movie that takes forever to get on the road. And when it finally does, it goes nowhere. Literally. Its easy to see why fans turned their back on the great ones. But time has a way of making us reconsider our position. Over time, having grown away from Tenacious D and their music, revisiting Pick of Destiny brings a much different reaction. Jack Black and Kyle Gass have created a weird little movie that is actually quite fun. The pressure for the 'greatest movie in the world' is no longer in play. And the movie stands as a tiny cult classic that defines the band and what it has come to mean. In the long run, Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny isn't nearly as bad as we originally thought it was. Here, in 2013, 7 years after its release, it almost feels fresh. But again, that's because we stopped watching and listening to Tenacious D 7 years ago. When this just felt like a capsulated retread of their history up till that point.

There are tons more movies we feel deserve a second chance. Maybe we'll get to those in the future. Do you have a movie that deserves to be revisited? Let us know your thoughts.

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  • profile-61341701 • 2 years ago

    Ghosbusters 2 is a great sequel!

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    • XxNickTheFilmCriticXx • 2 years ago

      @ejk1 -- Interesting. Guess I was really young when it happened, because I don't (vividly) remember hearing about it.

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      • ejk1 • 2 years ago

        @skywise@XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Eddie Murphy was never arrested, but he did pick up a transvestite prostitute who was arrested and taken out of his car. The police pulled Murphy's car over before anything illegal could have taken place. Whether or not Murphy's story that he was only helping a person and being a good samaritan is true ( I find it susp*cious, although to his credit, he hasn't been linked with any other activity of this kind since then), one could definitely say the incident had an adverse effect on his career.

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        • XxNickTheFilmCriticXx • 2 years ago

          @skywise -- Eh, I've only seem him [Kitsch] in "John Carter", so I can't completely comment on his acting skills.

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          • Zak-Lee-Ferguson • 2 years ago

            oh please ....lordy

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            • 2movieguys • 2 years ago

              "Ghostbusters 2"....train wreak....and nothing to stop it!! Makes one stop and think, does at any time do these actors call their agent and say, "Get me the hell out of here"!?!?!?.

              "The Haunted Mansion" a pure mess. A cheap knock-off of "Casper"!.

              "Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny"...has it's own built in fan base. I guess it was not me. A film that falls under "seen it once don't need to see again"!.

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              • 2movieguys • 2 years ago

                sorry to say all these movies are trash and deserve Razzie awards......nothing redeeming about any of them!

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                • skywise • 2 years ago

                  @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx That's a shame really...I don't find Kitsch to be THAT awful.

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                  • XxNickTheFilmCriticXx • 2 years ago

                    @skywise -- No, I liked Crusade more. I mean, I thought The Last Crusade was decent, but I felt it lost the magic the first and second - to a lesser extent - had. I think I saw it 6 years ago, so I don't really remember it, only how I felt after watching it. 'Raiders of The Lost Ark' is quite possibly the best action/adventure I've ever seen, period. Outstanding movie!

                    I never heard of any of his felonies, but that could be the case. All I know is, he's now the face of bombing films. Next to Taylor Kitsch, of course.

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                    • skywise • 2 years ago

                      @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx did you like Crystal Skull more than Crusade? I really enjoyed Crusade but I was a child when I saw it and you know ....nostalgia goggles make everything look pretty from the past.

                      But I'm curious about you your opinion about the dislike of Crusade.

                      Personally I really love the original 3 films almost equally but I tend to lean toward Raiders.

                      Also I couldn't agree more about Haunted Manson. Sooo ridiculously bad and while Murphy was once a brilliant comedian...it seems that he lost it somewhere along the way. I think its when he got arrested for ...prostitution was it? It seemed like after that he went with the all family films. That is when things seemed to fall apart.

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                      • XxNickTheFilmCriticXx • 2 years ago

                        @skywise -- "The Haunted Mansion" would crack my '100 Worst Movies of All-Time' list, no doubt.

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                        • XxNickTheFilmCriticXx • 2 years ago

                          @thedude-abides -- I disagree, man. I didn't really like the Last Crusade, but Kingdom of The Crystal Skull was just flat-out mediocre. Hell, I keep forgetting the movie was even made.

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                          • skywise • 2 years ago

                            Blues Bros 2000 was just awful and the Haunted Mansion is just...I really have no words for how bad it is.

                            But GB2 (altho so many people seem to hate it) was actually pretty funny. Its a bit slow to start but once it gets going its definitely wrth the time.

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                            • upsmann44 • 2 years ago

                              Out of all 5 the only one I was disappointed with was Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny. Also, The Crystal Skull didn't make close to $800 million for nothing. And Blues Brothers 2000 was great.

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                              • ejk1 • 2 years ago

                                Ghostbusters 2 is still awful.

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                                • themoviefanatic • 2 years ago

                                  They should have made that Haunted Mansion movie a darker/scarier movie, instead of making it only for kids like they did, even if it would just so happen to be a Disney movie.

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                                  • gumperman • 2 years ago

                                    Out of the 5, though I haven't seen 'Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny' yet, I was only really dissapointed with 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' because the first three were all so good. Though I have watched it a few times since it's release and it's wathable, but will never be of the quality that is the original three. The other 3 movies mentioned are okay, not horrible, but not really memorable either. I would like to suggest a movie, and I'm not sure if it's part of the 'Disappointing Movies That Deserve a Second Chance' catagory as I'm not sure if it was disapointing to all. I know it didn't make that much at the box office, so I'm not sure if a lot of people have seen it. I do know that I have heard from a few people that have seen it and they all dismiss it as a silly comedy. So I do think this movie does deserve a second chance, because it is one of those movies that you have to see more then once and start to see what the movie is really about. You start to notice symbolism and deep meaning that you wouldn't notice the first time or even probably second time around. The movie my friends is the great 'Joe Versus the Volcano'! If you haven't seen it, do yourself a favor and see it, and then wait for awhile, see it again, and again and again. If you have seen it and are one of those, 'That movie is a silly or stupid comedy' watch it again and be awakened by something that you never expected. Cheers!

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                                    • bawnian-dexeus • 2 years ago

                                      *scratches head*

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                                      • thedude-abides • 2 years ago

                                        I'm sure there are hundreds of more notable films that were disappointing that deserve a sequel or are in desperate need of a reboot. That said, whether people liked it or not, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was on par with Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade, so I wouldn't really call that a disappointment.

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