Someone suggested this list. Here it is: films I don't like from my favourite genre, in no particular order.
I understand some of the films are also on my "Great Period Dramas" list. Just because I don't like the film doesn't mean I don't understand they're great.
Shakespeare in Love
A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays. (123 mins.)
“ I didn't like the premise. Shakespeare falls in love with some girl? Boring. I didn't like Gwyneth either. As far as I know, women were not allowed to act on stage on Shakespeare's time. This film is asking way too much of my suspension of disbelief.
But the film is worth watching for the rest of the cast, clothes and art direction. ” - nanasuyl
Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a thirteen-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit. (123 mins.)
“ I simply hate Robbie. He's so annoying. Didn't like him in the book, didn't like him in the film. ” - nanasuyl
Gone with the Wind
A manipulative Southern belle carries on a turbulent affair with a blockade runner during the American Civil War. (238 mins.)
“ It's a masterpiece, but a very very long one. It took me five days to watch it, as I kept falling asleep. I'm not interesting in the American Civil War, I'm sure that plays a part in my lack of interest for this film.
But it's a classic and you must know who Scarlett O'Hara is!!! ” - nanasuyl
A film of the early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch. (124 mins.)
“ This film is so focused on the political part it becomes boring. I didn't want the movie to be about gossip about the Queen and if she was in love or not (that'd be even worse than politics!), but maybe about why she is so well known, what was her government like, what the people thought of her.
I didn't buy Cate Blanchett as the Queen either.
I loved the series "The Virgin Queen", with Anne-Marie Duff. I thought it was a much better way of showing Elizabeth without being boring. ” - nanasuyl
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
A mature Queen Elizabeth endures multiple crises late in her reign including court intrigues, an assassination plot, the Spanish Armada, and romantic disappointments. (114 mins.)
“ It has the same problems as the first. But I liked it better for the visuals and great scenes with the Armada. ” - nanasuyl
Two stage magicians engage in competitive one-upmanship in an attempt to create the ultimate stage illusion. (130 mins.)
“ I don't know if we can call this film a period drama. It also has science fiction bits and I really don't like science fiction. This part ruined the film for me, as it made it absolutely unbelievable.
I felt like Nolan was saying "hahaha, you thought this was a real period drama and it's not! It's a sci-fi film and you watched it, you stupid girl, hahaha!". ” - nanasuyl
A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic. (194 mins.)
“ This is way too sugarcoated. ” - nanasuyl
Young nobleman Orlando is commanded by Queen Elizabeth I to stay forever young. Miraculously, he does just that... (94 mins.)
“ I thought this was a bit boring. I think they didn't do a good job on picking the right scenes from the book. Great choice on Swinton, though. She was great. ” - nanasuyl
A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children. (119 mins.)
“ This film is great and has fantastic acting. It's just that I don't find the 1950s very interesting. And it's too sad :P ” - nanasuyl
Sense and Sensibility
Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her three daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. The two eldest daughters are the titular opposites. (136 mins.)
“ The characters are as annoying as in the novel. I didn't really like the novel, so I didn't really like the film. It's a good adaptation though.
Austen is my favourite author, but this is the only novel she wrote I don't like. ” - nanasuyl
The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum. (160 mins.)
“ You're gonna laugh, but I thought this film was way too colourful. Look at movies about the same period (The Duchess, Pride & Prejudice). People didn't wear colourful clothes and had colourful houses. Visit houses from this period and you'll see they're not colourful. Maybe they were in Austria, but I didn't buy it and it hurt my suspension of disbelief. ” - nanasuyl
“ I simply didn't care for the story or characters. ” - nanasuyl
The story of a married silkworm merchant-turned-smuggler in 19th century France traveling to Japan for his town's supply of silkworms after a disease wipes out their African supply. During his stay in Japan, he becomes obsessed with the concubine of a local baron. (107 mins.)
“ Long film for a short novel. ” - nanasuyl
A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community. (121 mins.)
“ Didn't care for the characters. ” - nanasuyl