Overhype. Ah yes, so many things in our daily lives fall victim to it. As someone who’s had more than enough experience dabbling in fads and going with the crowd, I can give you numerous examples of things that are completely overhyped.
The biggest one I can think of is the movie Frozen. (You probably thought you finally could stop hearing about it, didn’t you? I apologize, but at least I’m not bursting into song.) A lot of people who had seen this epic labeled musical in theaters thought it was the magnum opus of Disney. Facebook was plastered with everything from articles to covers of songs, and quite frankly clogged up my News Feed. After reading a few of the articles, and listening to numerous people rave about the film, even comparing it to the quality of The Lion King, which was one of my favorites to watch back in the day, I decided that this must be a truly riveting movie, and I wanted to see it for myself.
I don’t want to say that I was disappointed, mostly for the fact that I’m not big on musicals, especially at my age now. It was a pretty decent movie, and I thought it was awesome that it featured two headstrong and independent heroines instead of a headstrong and independent hero and his sidekick heroine like so many other movies.
However, it just wasn’t as good as I thought it was going to be, story-wise. Yes, it’s a kid’s movie, I’m aware, so naturally not everything has to make perfect sense. When I was little, I didn’t even think about the backstories of characters or theories and lore of any sort, but it would have been nice to know why some random trolls decided to raise (kidnap?) Kristoff as a child and why they can heal people from ice magic.
Maybe I’m just being nitpicky, but at the end of the film, I wasn’t nearly as impressed as I thought I was going to be. This was overhype at its best and I happened to fall victim to it, all because the general consensus was that it was a very good movie.
So the next time you hear about something that everyone else thinks is amazing, do yourself a favor and have your skepticisms. Overhype is all too common in our society, from the infamous pumpkin spice latte to Five Nights at Freddy’s. I’m not being negative; I’m being realistic.
If you liked Frozen and thought it was awesome, good for you and that’s fine. I’m just saying that it was pretty decent for a kid’s movie, but Harry Potter is more my cup of tea. However, if you’re still completely freaking out about Frozen, thought it was the greatest movie of all time and constantly feel the need to sing the entire soundtrack, please stop overhyping and just let it go.