I’m going to come out right now and say I enjoy both The Postman and Waterworld. The Postman, despite being so long, was a fine post-apocalyptic story and you can’t hate a movie where Tom Petty plays himself in a post-apocalyptic world. And Waterworld was basically Mad Max on the water with Dennis Hopper hamming it up as the villain. So, yes I like both movies. Yet both are the butt of jokes from snarky bloggers and Kevin Coster has stood up for both in an interview with Huffington Post:
I have a theory. If “The Postman” came out today instead of 1997, more people would like it.
[Laughs] Well, I always thought it was a really good movie! I always thought I probably started it wrong. I should have said something like “once upon a time.” Because it was just like a modern-day fairy tale — it wraps itself up with a storybook ending with the statue. You know, I thought it was a pretty funny movie set against the idea of a Superman — somebody stepping up. But in this case, it’s a very humble guy whose nothing but a liar [laughs] — delivers mail and burns half of it just to stay alive. So, I like the movie.
It annoys me when I see “Waterworld” mentioned in those box office bombs lists, because it’s not true. It made money. Do you ever want to speak up or write in when you see that?
Yeah, I’ve probably said it ad nauseum, but people don’t give a shit [laughs], so, it doesn’t really matter. It just is what it is. But it stands up as a really exotic, cool movie. I mean, it was flawed — for sure. But, overall, it’s a very inventive, cool movie. It’s pretty robust.
Both The Postman and Waterworld are available really cheap on Blu-Ray, and the Waterworld disc is actually an extended cut with some additional footage. So if you ever avoided one or the other, they’re worth checking out.