I may get some flak for this – but debate is good, no? To me, Antonioni is the most overrated director in the history of cinema. Godard leaves me cold as well but Antonioni’s stuff actually offends me. What about y’all, who is in need of a peg-taking-down-or-two? (conceivably this could run and run, with everyone but Uwe Boll getting a mention)
Darren Aronofsky. i find his movies boring. plus requiem for a dream gave me nightmares.
Although he is certainly not a bad director, I’ve always felt Mike Leigh was a bit overrated.
Wong Kar-Wai. Chungking Express is one of the more grating two hours I’ve had to sit through. Talk about a Manic Pixie Dream Girl. The whole second segment is like spending a car-ride with a fairy-obsessed eight year-old hopped up on Kool Aid and Oreos. Never need to hear California Dreamin’ or the Cranberries again.
I’ll second the vote for Antonioni as most overrated director. Also, I’d like to mention what I consider to be one of the most overrated movies of all time- Easy Rider.
SCORSESE! His work up to 1990 was good (if not great)…but seriously, Cape Fear? The Age of Innocence? And more recent disappointments like Gangs of New York, The Aviator, and a remake…not to mention Shine a Light? I don’t get the appeal, maybe it’s technical mastery that has so many people bowing at his feet, but for me his films fail to ring true and fail to engage. When I think Scorsese I think big, loud, shiny American style-over-substance. No can do.
Every director in history is overrated sooner or later. It’s a charge no one can escape. If I like it and you hate it, then I’m overrating it, right? I’m not saying everything they do is great, but where Antonioni, Leigh, Wong Kar Wei and Scorsese are concerned, I’m totally happy to hang with the people who love too much.
I have to agree with Aronofsky. I found Requiem for a Dream to be completely trite and lacking in any real substance. Also, I think Quentin Tarantino gets way too much credit for what he does—mainly rehashing old B-movies. He’s not as much of an innovator as everyone seems to think he is. I find Peter Jackson incredibly overrated as well. It seems like he has gone totally to CGI and uses it in place of actual talent. His movies like Bad Taste and Braindead were fun because they had actual special effects. I can’t get in to a movie that is just hours of computer graphics.
i really liked heavenly creatures though. it’s totally out of place with all the other movies, smooshed inbetween brain dead and lotr. strange.
Gone With the Wind
The Sound of Music
Guillermo del Toro. Pan’s Labyrinth was most definitely not the greatest fantasy movie ever. It was sickeningly and gratuitously violent, however. Also, the whole fantasy part (the best part of the movie) was very downplayed to make way for fight scenes out in the woods.
Wes Anderson is, I find, one of the most overrated directors.he has been making the same movie since The Royal Tenebaums. Granted I did like Rushmore I just find his movies pretentious and self indulgent.