If you are having trouble getting to sleep, try watching a film. Seriously, many people claim that it’s the best way to get their eyelids drooping, especially if you watch these borefests! Here, the Sleeptalk team share which films have had them hitting the snooze button:
You’ve Got Mail
Ironically, as this is a poor follow-up to Sleepless in Seattle. Predictable rom-com about two charmless leads which is out-of-date (whoo, they are emailing each other!), without being interestingly retro.
Lost In Translation
Highly acclaimed, but most of the action takes place overnight in a quiet Tokyo hotel as the insomniac heroes form an unlikely bond, in a rather quiet way. Lovely performances aside, it is remarkably easy to snooze to.
A Single Man
Another critics’ favourite, this movie is gorgeously filmed. Ardent Colin Firth fans will appreciate how gorgeous the former Mr Darcy looks in his Tom Ford suits, and interior design geeks will love the settings. But, oh my, nothing much seems to happen. Disclaimer: It may have got really good after thirty minutes, but this viewer had switched off by then.
This is where Ryan Reynolds took the leap from rom-coms to superheroes. The Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan summed up the views of many critics with this faint praise: “The Green Hornet” may not be the most tedious superhero movie ever — the competition is admittedly tough — but it is certainly in the running”, adding that that it is a “boring bromedy”. Poor Ryan.
It sounds great: Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and James Garner! And they are trying to rescue a falling satellite! But the IMDB précis gives a clue as to why it’s so boring. “When a retired engineer is called upon to rescue a failing satellite, he insists that his equally old teammates accompany him into space.”
Not that there’s anything wrong with being old, or retired, but this turned into the cinematic equivalent of one round of ‘Countdown’ lasting 130 minutes.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Again, this had so much promise: Brad Pitt re-united with David Fincher – and teamed up with Cate Blanchett. Sadly our correspondents have reported that “it just went on so long” and “I didn’t really care what was happening”. Ouch.
Gangs of New York
Admittedly it’s rather hard to sleep through the fighting and Daniel Day Lewis’s Robert de Niro impersonations, but even so this film passes so far beyond “unrealistic” then “way past parody” that it becomes so unutterably unwatchable.
So the next time you’re struggling to snooze, try one of these Hollywood ‘favourites’!