The Most Underrated Movies of All Time | PRT 2by Dylan - first posted May 5, 2014

I wrote an article of similar name and topic back in 2011, but a lot has happened since then in the world of movies. We’ve had some amazing blockbusters (The Avengers (2012)) and some stinkers too (The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)), but as always, there are some great films that seem to have slipped through the cracks. The following list contains more films (and some repeats from my previous article) that I feel have either skipped deserved critical acclaim, or escaped popular consciousness.

 

5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)

5 Centimeters Per Second is a 2007 Japanese animated feature film by Makoto Shinkai and is separated into three parts spanning the life of Takaki

Why It’s Underrated

Other than the beautiful art and scenery of the film, the central theme of distance in 5 Centimeters Per Second is incredibly well executed and fills the viewer with a longing for something more.

In Act 1: Cherry Blossom, a young Takaki befriends Akari who then moves far away. A heart struck Takaki takes the long journey to visit Akari by train and the two share their first kiss. After they spend the night together stranded in a shed, Takaki realises that they will never be together again due to their physical distance.

In Act 2: Cosmonaut, a now teenage Takaki has become an honorable young man – attracting the attention of the sweet Tanegashima. Although he clearly likes her, he is unable to allow himself to be with her because he is still in love with Akari. This act portrays emotional distance, and does a fantastic job of making our hearts feel for both Takaki and Tanegashima.

In Act 3: 5 Centimeters Per Second, Takaki is now a man working a programming job in Tokyo while unknown to him, Akari is preparing for her marriage to another man. Although Akari still thinks of Takaki from time to time, she has clearly been able to move on while Takaki slowly spirals down into depression. This act is about the distance of time.

8 Mile (2002)

8 Mile is about a young white rapper (Eminem) growing up in the slums of Detroit as he struggles for respect among his (mostly black) peers.

Why It’s Underrated

Despite making the previous list and being very well recieved (Won an Oscar), this just seems to be a movie that everyone has forgotten about. Eminem was phenomenal in his role as ‘B-Rabbit’, the story was compelling, and the whole films just did a great job at seeming ‘authentic’. Even now, most people I know believe that it was based on the actual true story of Eminems life. Hell, first link in Google when typing in “Is 8 Mile a true story” is this Yahoo! Answers page. Although a lot of the themes of the movie were certainly relevant to Eminems personal life and rise to success, the movie was not actually about his life.

Boiler Room (2000)

A college dropout gets a job as a broker for a suburban investment firm which puts him on the fast track to success, but the job might not be as legitimate as it sounds.

Why It’s Underrated

Great casting, compelling characters, and the American Dream.

Boiler Room also has some of my favourite movie speeches (mainly from Ben Affleck) that are sure to get even the laziest of us motivated to do go out and make money!

Catch Me If You Can

A true story about Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor.

Why It’s Underrated

Although this is another movie that made my previous list, I added it again mainly due to the amazing combination of Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. DiCaprio especially was simply amazing in this role, and the screenplay was extremely well written.

 

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