Hype and Ratings: How It Can Ruin an Experience.

Warning: I am going to discuss my opinions on films and game series that I feel are over-hyped and overrated because, yes, there is a difference.

Overhyped, as defined by Google, is “to make exaggerated claims about (a product, idea, or event); publicize or promote excessively.” Overrated is “to have a higher opinion of (someone or something) than is deserved” (also from Google).

For example audiences found La La Land overrated compared to the critics’ reviews of the film.

This film is more overrated than it was overhyped. My mom saw this movie and said that it was not as good as the critics claimed. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone were not very good singers or dancers, but the story was good at some points. As I am typing this, I realize I have made a drastic mistake and am discussing the wrong movie. I meant to discuss the movie that sparked my idea for this article. Civil War, this article is for you. This is not a joke.

This movie, unlike La La Land, is both overrated and overhyped. This movie received a 90% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes and an 89% audience score. During the time the movie was in theaters, I had heard from my friends that the movie was amazing and one of the best movies they had seen. I watched the film on Netflix, and after it ended, my first thought was “Wait, this got what on Rotten Tomatoes?”

I thought the pacing was really bad; after forty minutes, the film went from being about the Accords, as the advertising promised it would be, to Cap and Bucky ft. Iron Man and the rest of the Avengers, which the advertising didn’t bear out at all. I felt as if I hadn’t viewed the same movie my friends had. Except for the FedEx package joke, which showed that the Russo brothers forgot Infinity Wars is still coming, the dark tone of the last twenty minutes should’ve been the tone for the whole film. I should note that I do like the movie; I just do not think it is nearly as good as critics and fans think it is. This may be a talking point for another article, but I feel Marvel movies get automatic thumbs-up by the critics and the fans, even to the point of grading them on a curve.

Batman v. Superman is the perfect example of overhyped. The advertising was all over the place, building and building expectations for fans and critics alike, and when the film came out, it was nothing that we wanted. I personally enjoyed the film, but I know that it is an objectively bad film. I don’t want to go into the film itself, because unlike Civil War, this film is not overrated: it’s just overhyped.

Before we continue on, I would like to discuss something about film and critics that has been on my mind for a while now. The “Marvel grading curve,” as we’ll call it, has been happening a lot more lately. Almost every Marvel movie gets the “best superhero movie of all time” treatment, while DC gets 28% scores on Rotten Tomatoes. I know BvS is a bad film, but certainly not 28% bad – objectively it’s about a 70%, and I’d personally give it an 82%, but that’s just me. [Ed. – These are bad scores? Geez.I feel like the grading curve is finally coming to an end, however: Guardians of the Galaxy 2 got 81% from the critics.

And now for something completely different: Overwatch.

Overwatch is overrated, but I enjoy the game nonetheless. Mind you, it’s nothing like everyone is saying; it’s not the 9/10 or 10/10 everyone thinks it is. The game modes, while fun, do get very old fast, and yes, the characters are unique. However, the lack of a story mode got me really angry, because all the trailers showed aspects of a story. When you address this with a fan, they respond with the comics and animated shorts, which are canon; but when you spend $60 on a game, you should be able to get a story mode for it. Arcade modes are a lot of fun, but they are only temporary distractions from the fact that you’re doing the same thing over and over again. This is not overhyped, just overrated.

I bring up video games because, similar to the Marvel grading curve, I think certain series get a freebie. Assassin’s Creed, for example; they could get away with a crappy game like Unity. Halo is the same way. However, small-time series make a mistake and they take the brunt of memes and hatred in the video gaming community. It is like there is some hidden code with critics that big-time series get let off the hook, but something newer needs to be excessively analyzed and critiqued.

I feel that we take critics’ ratings far too much into consideration when we think of movies. As stated earlier, Civil War and BvS are perfect examples of this. When I discussed this article with a friend, he mentioned that hype is a marketing move. Sure; I’m fine with that. At the same time, you cannot deny the overwhelming love a movie gets and the awful and degrading experience of doubting yourself because you don’t like a film the same way everyone else seems to. Marvel movies get praise for everything they do now, but DC makes a dark movie and it’s bad and awful. Maybe if people actually did their research and saw that DC has almost always been darker than Marvel, even in the comics and TV shows, this wouldn’t be a problem. There’s a story line where Batman became addicted to Venom (the drug that Bane uses) and had to hide in the Batcave for months to break himself of the addiction! Just because things are different doesn’t mean we shouldn’t like it.

One last example: Luke Cage, which is overrated. This show’s first half is great, and then the second half was so bad and boring I seriously wondered if the writers made the second half of the script a day before shooting ended. Of course, it’s a Marvel show, so it cannot be badly rated or disliked by the masses watching it – but if DC made the exact same show, it would be told how awful it was and how they should’ve never made it.

Thanks for listening to me rant and let me know what you think is overrated and overhyped and your thoughts down below. Have a great day and always know: being different is okay, and do not let anyone tell you otherwise.



1 Comment

  1. As a major Overwatch fan (several days gameplay on Pharah alone), I would have to say that the game isn’t meant to focus on the story as it is the gameplay. I think the team based combat, large hero roster, and rotating maps offer unique, refreshing gameplay that hasn’t been seen in many modern shooters. I do see your point though, that story can really help strengthen a game, but sometimes, as in Overwatch’s case, a company makes a game that is targeted at competitive battles (and e-sports) rather than exploring a fleshed out story and world. Games that lack story but are still filled with compelling gameplay are all over with titles such as Minecraft, Mario Kart, Tetris, Wii Sports etc.

    As for the animated shorts, I think that it’s nice that Blizzard decided to make them for a shooter when they could’ve just left the story up to small in game hints.

    Great article!

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