Film critics really shouldn’t underestimate just how much they can determine the popularity of a movie, especially its lasting popularity. I know people who won’t even watch a movie unless the Rotten Tomatoes score is ‘fresh.’ I tell them over and over again that a movie that gets a 50 percent on Rotten Tomatoes is merely divisive, and that this is not the equivalent of an ‘F’ grade. Then they’ll usually give me a speech about life being short.
Fortunately for them, Handsome Harry has a score of 78 on Rotten Tomatoes, which is definitely a fresh rating. However, the stricter Metacritic system gave it a score of 59, which indicates mixed to average reviews. The Internet Movie Database rating is also only 6.5, which is a little low for a rating from this database. I’ve seen IMDb give great scores to terrible movies before, so when they give a fairly mediocre score to a movie that I love this much, it’s enough to make me want to get more IMDb users to vote.
Handsome Harry is only from 2009. It is way too young to be as obscure as it is. Still, a lot of people today haven’t even heard of it, and I think that’s a problem. I really want this movie to be better known than it is.
It feels like for most of my life, most movies have been all about special effects, with the characters and the plot feeling like afterthoughts. Handsome Harry is definitely a low-budget movie, and I think that’s one of the best things about it. The filmmakers actually had to make this movie about the characters. The film had to coast on the talent of the actors and the writers, and not the programmers behind all of the advanced CGI.
I wish more movies were like this, and it feels like Hollywood only makes a few of them every year. You have to grab them while they’re there, or Hollywood is never going to get the message that a lot of people still like great stories and great acting.
It’s sad that Handsome Harry isn’t more well known than it is, but this isn’t just about Handsome Harry. It’s about movies like it. If movies like this made more money at the box office, Hollywood would make more films like it. I only hope that the Internet movie fandom is going to change this situation eventually.