There's nothing more frustrating than a film with the potential to be great, only to be held back by a boring main character. A bland protagonist can bring down an otherwise solid story and make mediocre movies downright unwatchable. Sometimes the characters are simply poorly written in the screenplay, whereas other times the problem is with their conception at the very root of the narrative. Even if there are no issues with the script, the main character can be held back by the performance itself. Whether the actor lacks the talent to carry the film or just isn’t right for the role, a miscast lead can be detrimental to the overall experience.
Some of these films are good despite an uninspired main character. Others are barely watchable but might have been improved with a more engaging protagonist. Because these are the characters the audience spends the most time with, they often have the greatest impact. In some cases, they can be overshadowed by more interesting supporting characters who steal the show. Other times the narrative is more preoccupied with spectacle, and the protagonist is almost secondary to the action, special effects, and massive set pieces. In all cases, the film would have been improved with a more interesting main character.
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