So how about the festive foul?
Here I reviewed my ‘Best Of’ 2015. But how about the turkeys?
I guess I should caveat this by saying that although I have an ‘Unlimited’ cinema card, I am sufficiently time-strapped with ‘the day job’ that I don’t get to see every movie at the cinema. As such, I tend to pre-filter the real dross (though I’m sure “The Fantastic Four” was absolutely lovely!) so my list is composed only of the films I saw. As such, you might view this as my list of the ‘biggest disappointments’ of 2015.
My top 5 (or rather bottom 5) in reverse order of direness are as follows. (For each film I have also picked my favourite picture/comedy caption combination!).
This might divide opinion, but I found this a tired and flabby reboot of a 60’s TV classic, and one of the summer’s great disappointments. The lovely Alicia Vikander is used as little more than a clothes horse, and the dynamic duo of Arnie Hammer and Henry Cavill lack any form of on-screen chemistry.
#4 – Taken 3
Liam Neeson sleepwalks through a daft and utterly predictable action film. Featuring one of the most implausible escapes from an exploding car in cinema history.
#3 – Focus
Two directors; half the satisfaction. A sour and grumpy Will Smith and the lovely Margot Robbie being generally unpleasant to ordinary people. And with the one genuinely intriguing classy section of the film spoiled by the trailer. Pointless.
#2 – San Andreas
Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson does what every emergency response worker should do when disaster strikes: he ignores his job responsibilities and goes to look for family needles in a haystack (and of course finds them). Dodgy effects. Even dodgier 3D. Dire plot. Very few redeeming features.
#1 – Pitch Perfect 2
Despite being a fan of the original cheese-fest, Elizabeth Bank’s movie dredged the depths of mediocrity and bad taste replacing all that was fun and fanciful in the original movie with lameness: a collection of ‘Side B’ songs; rampant xenophobia from the contest commentators and Rebel Wilson’s shtick getting progressively more irritating.
Pitch Perfect 3? Please no.