Hear me out! I'm rewatching this film for the umpteenth time tonight and I've realized it's one of those few films that I've truly enjoyed consistently on rewatch. I think it's unfairly criticized and deserves more praise for being one of the best disaster films of the past century. Let's start out with the main criticism of the film; the love triangle and animosity between Bill, Jo and Melissa. This is easily the most annoying part of the script, however it doesn't take away time from the action for it to occur. All of the conflict occurs either during, directly following or directly preceding the scenes of action, rather than in its own individual scene. Thus, although annoying, it doesn't actually take away from the action. My other main negative is the exposition dump needed during the introduction to the crew in which they introduce Dorothy. Pretty much all of the flaws are a result of the script. Now, the pros. The performances and star-power: Philip Seymour Hoffman and Helen Hunt are fantastic in this film. Bill Paxton may overact a tad, however it almost plays to the fun of the movie rather than detract from it. The chemistry with the main crew is incredibly strong, and this can be especially seen in the "Dinner at Aunt Meg's" scene. The VFX. There is only one VFX shot that has aged poorly to my eyes since its original release, and it comes in the first 5 minutes when we cut to a CGI satellite in space. It simply looks like 1996 CGI. Every weather scene still holds up to this day, and the tornadoes and destruction are simply life-like which is partially a result of the fantastic practical effects. The score and soundtrack; the score by Mark Mancina plays perfectly to every scene within the movie, and it certainly does not get enough praise. The soundtrack features one of the best songs from the Sammy Hagar era of Van Halen, and an amazing use of Deep Purple's 'Child in Time' about twenty minutes in. Intertwined, they propel the movie and add to the adrenaline rush of the disaster-theme. The cinematography: the Helicopter Shots. My goodness. In addition, the action is clear, stable and not jarring to watch. The sound design: this is a sound-system tester by all means. The fun: The chemistry between the leads and the fantastic quotes make this movie extremely fun to quote. "The suck zone.", "Food!" etc, as well as the great one-liners and overall campiness. "I gotta go, Julia. We've got cows!" I'm curious to see if any of you agree and/or disagree. This is just my opinion and I'd love to hear some of your thoughts on the film!