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Of all the words of mice and movie critics, the saddest are,
“It might have been good.”
One of the unspoken truths about modern movies is that most
multiplex fare isn’t particularly distinguished or worthy of discussion. The
movies aren’t that bad but neither are they that good, they’re just… well, you
saw the Magnificent Seven remake, didn’t you?
Thankfully, every so often a movie comes along that puts a
smile on the face of true film lovers (a different breed than those who can
name every character in the MCU, it must be noted). As Pauline Kael wrote, “You
know each other at once because you talk less about good movies than what you
love in bad movies.”
Thor: The Dark World is a bad movie but it’s difficult to
imagine audiences lining up for a midnight screening fifteen years after its
release the way they did for Troll 2. That film went on to an afterlife that
included sold-out screenings, a documentary and cult status for its cast and
crew, an incredible feat for a movie about vegetarian elves portrayed by little
people wearing rubber masks and burlap sacks.
In the canon of enjoyably bad cinema, there just aren’t
enough movies like Troll 2 to go around. But as you’ll see, that doesn’t mean
Hollywood ever stopped trying to make them.