Bringing a vague concept that first finds space in human mind and then giving it the shape, voice and vision is no easy task. The journey of a director from the stage of germination of certain idea to its delivery requires immense. Just like an image clicked by a talented photographer makes you feel the photographer’s inner vision, every movie, one way or the other radiates director’s outlook towards the world, how he sees life, his core beliefs and his ideology. A director always manages to find a way to embed his own self through the movie that he’s directing.
Directors usually start their career with a pulsating desire to bring something that the world hasn’t seen yet, his view; but as the time passes or as the world starts to recognize him for his niche, he gets stuck in a state of perplexity where creativity gets stuck to a level.
In this article, we are in no way questioning the immense talent of the listed directors however, we bring out a list a list of directors who one started off with a vision and then due to some reason their creativity went on a decline. But despite that, the audiences continue to hail them as great because of the recognition their names one drew. With that said, here is the list of 14 most overrated Hollywood directors working today.
14. Quentin Tarantino
If someone watched some of Quentin Tarantino’s movies like Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight’ in a row, he is bound to believe that the director is obsessed with bloodshed and crime. Storylines that are portrayed out of chronological order, events appearing out of sync from the plot lines, sometimes his movies feel like a test for the human memory. Without a shred of doubt, his films are the product of a singular and unique mind, but when the violence, crime, colourful characters become a routine in every film then the greatness is bound to be questioned. Let’s see Tarantino direct a period romance, then I might change my opinion.
13. Christopher Nolan
Flashbacks, that’s the word for this director who has created a tremendous fan following in past one decade. It’s really nothing less than a feat to watch his movie for the first time and comprehend it fully without a need for a second or third watch. That is one reason general viewers feel a sense of obligation to appreciate his work because otherwise their intellect gets challenged. But sometimes Christopher Nolan overdoes it, thanks to his forte for bringing depth to storytelling with his tendency to start a story from future e.g. in Momento wherein the story unravels from both ends, The Prestige where story unrolls from the perspective of two different characters or Inception set within the intricacies of human mind, Interstellar (A story that takes a crash course in high school physics books to comprehend), sometimes his work feels too good for a regular cinema-goer.
12. Ridley Scott
A filmmaker can only be hailed as great if his filmography includes more hits than misses and that’s the problem with Ridley Scott. After having directed 24 films in a career spanning more than 35 years, Ridely’s count of mediocre work is much higher than the great ones. This could be attributed to the fact that Ridely Scott is not a writer unlike his great contemporaries due to which sometimes he had to direct flimsy projects such as ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ ,there’s also no denying the fact that a great director must be able to foresee the culminating result of his project before he even starts working on it and looking at Ridley Scott’s career, that hardly seems to be the case.