It’s happened to me a few times with cult films. I really didn’t find Zoolander (2001) funny and was quite bored throughout most of it – the highlight for me is David Bowie’s cameo. The same thing happened with Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004). I watched it for the first time a few months ago, and while it was kind of fun to be able to have a context for such meme’s as “I’m in a glass case of emotion” it didn’t really catch my interest.
Those two films are obviously American comedies. Humour is all relative – and as a Brit maybe American humour is not my thing. But that being said I love 21 Jump Street (2012) a lot so it’s definitely not all American humour.
It’s not just comedy cult films that I haven’t really liked that much. There’s Donnie Darko (2001) which I like well enough but am not as into it as some of my friends. I only watched Labyrinth (1986) for the first time at the start of the year and didn’t love it or hate it – this may be because I suspect that most fans of Labyrinth watch it from when they’re a child so it has some added nostalgia value.
Perhaps the biggest cult classic film that I only watched for the first (and only) time a few years ago is Fight Club (1999). I had the DVD for a while before watching it and everyone I knew kept pestering me to watch it, saying “You’re a film student! How have you never seen Fight Club?!” So I watch it and I did like it but I don’t love it like many people do.
Maybe it’s because with cult classic’s there is all this hype surrounding them, so when you do get around to watching them you feel as if you must like them. Of course it doesn’t always work out like that and sometimes watching a cult classic is a bit of a let-down.