5 Disappointing 2013 Movies

To start off, I really do make an effort to avoid terrible movies, so there will probably be some of your least favourites missing from this list. Also, this list is not necessarily my least favourites of the year; it’s the movies that I was looking forward to seeing, only to be crushingly disappointed with the outcome.

5. Olympus Has Fallen

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Okay, so I wasn’t expecting a cinematic masterpiece with this movie. In fact, I wasn’t even planning on watching it, but one thing led to another, and you know how it goes. Anyways, even though I had low expectations, this movie still managed to disappoint me with its depiction of villains. I understand that North Korea is a communist country that has some strange and disturbing ideas, but why, why would North Koreans invade the U.S.? First there’s the Red Dawn remake in 2012, and then the very next year it’s this movie. Why are we being taught to fear Asian people? I’m not saying that this was a terrible movie, but I am so sick of seeing foreigners vilified and being portrayed in narrow, negative frameworks for the sake of entertainment because fear of foreigners is a real problem (it even has a name — xenophobia), and these films are just contributing to that “different people equal bad people” mentality. I went in with low expectations, but I still left disappointed thanks to that component of the movie.

4. Now You See Me

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This movie looked so cool in the previews. Since it’s supposed to be about magicians, I kinda thought that the magicians would actually be in more than like 1/4 of the movie. Silly me. I was expecting Jesse Eisenberg’s witty humour and Woody Harrelson’s dry comedy, plus maybe some cool illusions and some cool characters to root for. Again, silly me. Instead we get Mark Ruffalo’s boring detective work complete with a forced love story.

3. Warm Bodies

See? Real zombie vs. lame, eyeshadow-wearing zombie.

See? Real zombie vs. lame, eyeshadow-wearing zombie.

I suppose it was only a matter of time until Hollywood took the cool, dark, terrifying concept of zombies and turned it into a mediocre teenage love story. They did it with werewolves, they did it with vampires, and now they did it with zombies. I’m not saying that there weren’t a few cute/funny parts, but that’s the thing. Zombie movies aren’t supposed to be cute and funny. They’re supposed to be scary. Hopefully this zombie craze will wear off so that the genre can go back to being the cheesy, gory, low-budget awesomeness that it should be.

2. The Purge

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I won’t go into too much detail on this one, since I wrote a full review on it, but seriously, so much potential in this idea, lost in a cheesy, predictable, and tired storyline. I am timidly hopeful for the second attempt at this idea in this year’s The Purge: Anarchy. May I stress timidly hopeful.

1. This Is The End

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Okay, I know a lot of people will disagree with me on this one. Let me start by saying that I love Seth Rogen. I was really excited to see something that he helped write and direct. This movie had such an awesome cast, too — James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, and Craig Robinson are all really funny guys. That being said, I was kind of expecting likeable versions of them, instead of the most horrible versions possible; I understand that this was intentional, but I was not expecting to hate them (except Jay Baruchel’s character, he was pretty cool). So with characters that were not likeable, the humour was even more important. Well for me, dick/poop/masturbating jokes get old after a while. When it’s one or two, that great. As long as they’re balanced out by some humour beyond the scope of a twelve-year-old. This movie just didn’t have that balance for me. I’m not saying that there weren’t a few funny moments, but overall it was not really that funny. So I was disappointed, especially after hearing so many people say how hilarious it was and that it was very similar to movies like Superbad or 40-Year-Old Virgin (it wasn’t). Maybe I’ll watch it again with lowered expectations and have a better time. 

Let me know some of your biggest 2013 disappointments. Like I said, I’m sure I’ve missed some terrible movies because I don’t usually watch them, thanks in part to the advice of some excellent reviews that I find here on WordPress!

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27 thoughts on “5 Disappointing 2013 Movies

    • I wouldn’t bother with the Purge. I don’t know, I think I will re-watch This Is The End; I think part of the problem is that I was going in with the wrong expectations, but like I said, I just didn’t like the characters and wasn’t really impressed by the humour.

  1. I agree. I didn’t like “This is the End”, either. It was just boring. And no way is it comparable to SB or 40YOV. Now, if they had mixed the cast up, I think it could have been better. I think Mindy Kaling should have been stuck in the house with them. THAT would be hilarious.

    But I disagree about one of your statements, that Craig Robinson is a funny guy. He isn’t. He was a big reason “The Office” declined the last few seasons – b/c the producers started taking his background character and turning him into a forefront character. Darryl was not a main character. He was excellent in small spurts when he bumped heads with Michael or other office workers. But then moving him into the office was a move of desperation to try to change the dynamics around, but they only damaged it more. I mean, think about it, what has Craig Robinson done aside from “The Office”? He has no range. He basically plays the same types of characters role after role, and he makes a bunch of juvenile drug and sex jokes. On top of that, his delivery is always the same. I just can’t stand him, and I think because he hangs out with a group of guys who are funny, that he unfairly gets thrown in the same bunch. Here’s the truth: when you see him, OTHERS get you laughing and when you’re laughing you’re feeling good – and he says a joke when you’re just coming off a laugh, so it makes it seem like he’s funny, when in actuality, he’s not. He’s riding his co-workers’ coattails. Just like on “Seinfeld” how Jerry said that other comedian Bana would ride his coattails. lol.

    I agree with you about “Now You See Me” and Mark Ruffalo messing it up; the movie was really good when the magicians were on – but like Craig Robinson, Mark Ruffalo is also overrated. He’s boring as hell. I think he’s a decent actor, but he’s just dull. I mean, do you ever watch a movie to watch Mark Ruffalo? lol.

    • Glad to hear that I’m not the only one who didn’t life This Is The End, Gary. I agree with the cast thing too. Mindy Kaling is hilarious, she would have added so much. Even some of the others that died right away would have been good additions (or could have replaced Danny McBride).
      Interesting point about Craig Robinson. I’m pretty behind on The Office to be honest (like since Michael left), so I can’t really attest to that. I guess I am thinking of him when he is playing smaller characters (e.g. early on The Office, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Pineapple Express, etc.), where his sarcastic (maybe kinda crude) sense of humour is a minor aspect that is balanced out by other comedians. That being said, I didn’t think he was very funny in TITE, so I will have to watch the rest of The Office to conclusively determine whether or not I like his humour. The Office just lost so much appeal to me after Steve Carrel left. Did you like the later seasons (other than the Darryl storyline)?

      • Season 8 was garbage! There was one great episode in season 8 and a couple of good ones, but it was pretty bad for the most part; it did get better the second half of the season. And season 9 had some very intense moments. Darryl was actually promoted to work in the office when Michael was still there; it was in season 6 or 7. Kathy Bates promoted him when Saber took over. The Office is still worth a watch just to see what happens, but don’t expect to laugh much at season 8. The episode “Tallahassee” was awesome, though! And Jim gets Dwight on the intro with one of his best pranks of the series. 🙂 Then on season 9 there were some pretty good episodes. There was a lot of drama, actually.

  2. I kind of liked Warm Bodies. I thought it was an extremely difficult concept to pull off and it wasn’t too bad.

    As far as biggest disappointments: definitely The Spectacular Now. I hate that movie so much, but everyone seems to love it. I think Shailene Woodley is a great actor, but the characters were so flat and one dimensional… It was so frustrating. Everyone says this movie captured high school kids perfectly, but I 100% disagree. I think Miles Teller is a huge over-actor.

    Also, I wish Oz: The Great and Powerful was never made. I knew from the first time I saw the trailer that I would hate it, and I was right! The Wizard of Oz is one of my favorite movies, so I just sat in the theater scowling and grumbling the whole time.

  3. OMG. I forgot my biggest disappointment. Maybe I’ve blocked it from my memory… MAN OF STEEL. What an atrocious excuse for a Superman origins story. Garbage. Hate it. That’s all I can say because it makes me so angry haha.

    • I haven’t seen The Spectacular Now or Oz. I haven’t even heard of the first and the second just looked so bad. That sucks that you even wasted money in the theater to see it!
      As far as Man of Steel, I didn’t mind the story, but I don’t know very much about Superman, so it was pretty much just entertainment for me. One thing that I thought was really bad about it were the horribly overdone fight scenes where the bad guys could be thrown through 14 buildings but then all of the sudden just died super easily. Definitely not a great movie, but my ignorance on the subject allowed me to still be entertained haha.

      • I don’t even know why I saw it in the theater! Wishful thinking I guess.

        It wasn’t even that it wasn’t true to the story, it was just poor writing and character development that sealed the deal for me. And the fight scenes… How many times did we need to see Superman and Zod throw each other through buildings?!?! I’ll still probably see the second one though haha…

  4. Couldn’t agree with you more on now you see me and the purge, as you saw by my review, we were also on the same page. Been getting mixed reviews on the others but I have a feeling your movie taste is closer to mine so I’ll stay away from them. Thanks for the heads up

    • I don’t know, I have heard so many positive reviews especially about This Is The End, so maybe you would should try it, but if you do watch it, just don’t go in expecting a strong story, likeable characters, or character development. I didn’t really like the humour either but that’s pretty subjective. And yeah, Now You See Me and The Purge were both so overrated. Thanks for reading!

  5. Can understand why you’d include all 5 of those films. Being a fan of Sam Raimi and Eli Roth I would definitely have to include the unfortunate travesties Oz: The Great and Powerful and Aftershock… actually from memory my worst films of the year were The Great Gatsby, Man of Steel, The Internship, Movie 43 & Aftershock.
    You know its a disappointing year when its easier to list all the poor films than the great ones!
    Jordan

    • I don’t know if it’s good or bad that I’ve only seen one of the movies you listed, Jordan (Man of Steel, which wasn’t very good). It really wasn’t a great year for movies, when I found myself looking over what I’d seen, there was a lot more bad than good. At least they snuck in a few gems right at the end of the year.

  6. “Olympus Has Fallen” is still my least favorite movie from the entirety of 2013. I didn’t care for “Now You See Me,” but I don’t think I had super-high expectations for it, either, so it wasn’t a crushing disappointment. I somehow never got around to “The Purge” or “This Is the End.” And admittedly, I kinda liked “Warm Bodies.”

    My disappointments: “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” ranks quite highly, because I’m a big fan of the series and thought that movie was just…awful. “Man of Steel” because it had so much potential and even met it for its first two-thirds and then just obliterated it with that completely tone-deaf final act. “Oz the Great and Powerful” because I really wanted to love it. “Ender’s Game” because it was decent but not as good as it could have been.

    • Yeah Olympus was not good, plus I thought it was so ridiculous that it was released right next to White House Down, which was basically the same movie.
      I actually liked The Hobbit, but it’s been years since I’ve read the book, so I can’t remember if it’s true to the story. I haven’t seen Ender’s Game or Oz but I haven’t really heard anything good about them. Its too bad, I hate when an awesome idea is wasted on a poorly-made movie.

  7. I didn’t care for Now You See Me at all but was pleasantly surprised by Warm Bodies, but not as impressed as a lot of others do. Ha..ha.. Olympus Has Fallen is basically a dumb action flick. I’m Asian so I hear ya about foreigners being vilified but really, a lot of action movies do this though, either w/ Russians, Arabs, etc. so it’s really nothing new. I think the producers are trying to capitalize on the tension on North Korea, though the villains here are not part of Korean government, they’re more like mercenaries.

    • Yeah Olympus Has Fallen was definitely dumb! Honestly action movies are probably the genre that I watch least because it seems like so many of them are just American propaganda tools. Plus so many of them are lacking in the character development/ good dialogue/ interesting story areas.
      Thanks for reading!

  8. Fun post! I liked Olympus for what it was. That said, it isn’t a movie I care about revisiting. I also liked the first half of Warm Bodies but it just falls apart after that. Totally with you on Now You See Me. There was a lot of potential there but overall it was really sloppy and had too many corny scenes!

    • Thanks! Yeah Now You See Me could have been great, but it wasn’t. I just don’t understand why they even bothered getting such big names for the magicians because they are barely in the movie and don’t get to show any of their talents… just to draw in an audience I guess.
      As for Warm Bodies, that is a really good point. I could have gone with it while it was just the inner monologue of a zombie who meets a girl, etc. because that was pretty funny and unique. I guess where it really lost me was the whole concept of the “bonies” and trying to make a big story out of that conflict.
      Thanks for the comment!

  9. The thing about Warm Bodies is that it was a nice vehicle for Nicholas Hoult to stand out as a star for once…and then he completely flushed it down the toilet weeks later with Jack the Giant Slayer. What started out as potentially his break out year was all destroyed within a month! At least he still has playing Dr. Hank McCoy in X-Men going for him.

  10. And oddly enough I like Olympus Has Fallen better than White House Down overall, although you make a good point about Hollywood trying to paint North Korea as the next “Red Menace”. Maybe because my expectations for ‘Olympus’ was so low and ‘White House’ so high.

    • Hoult has so much potential! While Jack the Giant Slayer was just a ridiculous movie, Skins and Warm Bodies proves that, given the chance, he can be pretty awesome. Hopefully X-Men will let him take the spotlight again!
      I think Olympus Has Fallen was a better movie than White House Down in many regards. One being that Gerard Butler is a much more likeable/ believable actor than Channing Tatum (in my opinion). That vilification of Asian countries is just something that I am really sick of seeing in action movies, and I was disappointed that Olympus took that easy route.

  11. Haven’t seen Warm Bodies or The Purge yet but I think they are flicks I’d pass on anyway. This is The End was sooo over-rated. I laughed and chuckled for about 10 minutes or so then just found it totally unfunny. I have Now You See Me lined up to watch but now I may pass on it, lol.

    I actually liked OHF as a loud and dumb action flick. Way better than White House Down. I do respect your thoughts on the stereotypes that it enforces, though. Very good point. Great work on this list!

    • I am so glad to hear someone agree with me on This is The End. I was really excited to see it, and I was very disappointed. Like you said, I’m pretty sure that I laughed for like, 10 minutes of the whole movie. They were all capable of making something better.

      Now You See Me wasn’t the worst, but I had really high hopes, and it was NOT what I was expecting.

      I agree that in terms of acting, story, etc. Olympus was better than White House, it is just an issue that really bothers me. Just a personal annoyance, for the most part though.
      Thanks for the comment!

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