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
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
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
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
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
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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