Top Ten Disappointing Movies
Top Ten Disappointing Movies
Welcome back, all! Today we're going over what will probably be a controversial subject, but, hey. We all have our opinions. For this list, I'm ranking the ten movies where I went in with high expectations, whether is was because of company name or marketing, but it fell far short of my expectations. Keep in mind that these movies were supposed to do well, and some of them did very well. For me, it kind of felt like I had wasted my time and money. There will be some light SPOILERS down the line. Read on!
~ Number Ten ~
The Good Dinosaur (2015)
Everyone expects only the best from Pixar. It's no secret that they are a giant in animation and have cranked out some of the most classic films of this century. However, this one fell hard. It was an original idea, and the concept had me excited. And then I sat down and watched it. It has the most basic storyline, some of which isn't coherent at times, and the characters are just as bland. I can relate to Arlo, the main character, on some level, since he deals with being afraid and his own insecurities. But when confronting those types of issues, I expected way more from Pixar. The only redeeming quality it has is it's stunning animation, which might be some of Pixar's best work.
~ Number Nine ~
I absolutely love the Transformers franchise. I do. So, I was understandably excited when they announced a standalone movie all about Bumblebee. To be fair, the opening sequence that shows the war on Cybertron is fantastic, and the only good part of the film. Unfortunately, it's all downhill from there when it comes to story that should have more Bumblebee and less attention drawn to the 80's setting. I think the creative team behind it was trying to build up some nostalgia by bringing back the original 80's design, but if you're going to turn Bumblebee into a little Volkswagen bug instead of a camaro, then you've already doomed your movie.
~ Number Eight ~
Cars 3 (2017)
Pixar doesn't drop the ball too often, but when they do, it's memorable. Admittedly, this one has a better story than Good Dinosaur, and the animation is right on par with it. The reason why I was more disappointed in Cars 3 is because I already had high expectations for the Cars franchise. I greatly enjoyed the first two, the first making a huge impact on my childhood and being one of my favorite movies. I expected the third movie to wrap up the story nicely, and, well, it could have been better. A lot better. I wanted more focus on Lightning McQueen on his journey rather than introducing a bunch of new characters that completely slowed it down.
~ Number Seven ~
This is a classic Jim Henson film that starred Jennifer Connelly and the famous David Bowie. It was a musical on top of that, and I know this has been a huge part of people's childhoods. For whatever reason though, I don't get it. Sarah is one of the most annoying characters to lead a movie, the supporting characters aren't much better, the story isn't great, and even the songs, dripping with 80's, aren't groundbreaking either. The only one who had a half- decent performance was Bowie, and even his character wasn't given all that much to do throughout. I expected a lot out of this movie which has been called a classic, and was sorely disappointed.
~ Number Six ~
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
Harry Potter prequel! American wizards! Grindewald! It's the 1920's! Everything is here for the perfect Harry Potter spinoff! These were my exact thoughts going in to see this movie, and the trailers looked promising. To my dismay, we didn't get a lot of Grindewald, or much of the 1920's, instead taking a deep dive into useless side plots like wizard politics. Yeah, that's what I came to see. I think reactions were mixed. One of the biggest things people talked about afterwards was how much of the budget was spent to bring Johnny Depp in for a few precious minutes. I was so underwhelmed by this movie that I have only seen it once, and I never saw Crimes of Grindewald.
~ Number Five ~
La La Land (2016)
This was one of the breakout movies of 2016, getting hype from everyone and getting nominated at the Oscars. I love musicals, and the bright colors and hype lead me to watching it after it came out. I'll give props to the leading man and lady, they are great actors. However, the story dragged, and the only good musical number in the whole thing was the opening scene on the freeway in LA. It set a standard making us think it was going to be a fun, old fashioned Hollywood musical. And then we got dumped into heavy, heavy drama that I was not expecting and a romance that I definitely was not sold on. I had the exact opposite reaction with the Greatest Showman, which blew me away, just like a musical should.
~ Number Four ~
Elf has solidified itself as one of the giants of Christmas classics. For the life of me, I can't seem to click with it. Don't get me wrong, I get the appeal, since Buddy does have an infectious upbeat attitude, and Will Farrell really sells the performance. Outside of him, though, the entire thing really feels flat and cheap to me (with actually just a budget of $33 million, maybe that's why). The story isn't all that great, and there are just so many plot holes it's really hard to ignore. Now, it's not a bad movie, really, but I expected way more from something so popular, especially coming from the mind of John Faverau, who went on to do great things like Iron Man and the Mandalorian.
~ Number Three ~
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
This is one of those movies that have been hailed as both a sci- fi giant and classic. For this one, there are no redeeming qualities. I thought it was supposed to be this space adventure film, but when it opened with nearly five minutes of nothing but black screen, I realized I had made a terrible mistake. It's slow and boring, with no real coherent plot or story, and unless you've read the book, literally nothing makes sense. Even the HAL 9000, which is supposed to be an intimidating killer machine, isn't that villainous when the voice actor sounds like he'd rather have been doing anything else than read his lines.
~ Number Two ~
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
After the success of Jurassic World, what with Chris Pratt, Blue the raptor, and hitting all the right notes, we were all excited for the follow up sequel. There have been dumb decisions in these movies, but they were all made out of ignorance. This movie has both story and characters make all the mistakes out of stupidity. The trailers and marketing made it seem as if the movie was going to be about how the dinosaurs adjusted to living among humans, but instead we got this mess of a movie. On top of that, there are so many plot points that don't make sense, and nether do the character motivations. And a clone human? Did they throw that in at the last second or what?
~ Number One ~
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
The Force Awakens gave me hope for the new Star Wars trilogy. I liked the story, and I liked the characters. My expectations had been met and then some. When the Last Jedi trailer dropped months ahead of its release, I was over the moon excited. I was excited for months, and went in with high, high hopes that this was going to really launch the series. But Rian Johnson's direction made the movie fall flat on its face, way short of the bar I had set for it. To this day, it is my least favorite Star Wars movie, adding in pointless sub- plots, throwaway scenes, and side characters making the worst decisions. Unfortunately because of this, we got the half- baked Rise of Skywalker that was trying desperately to balance itself out after the out of nowhere direction this movie went. There were some good things about it, but I wasn't at all impressed.
And there you have it. Do you agree with my list, or did you enjoy some of these movies? Let me know in the comments below!