OK, so “Turkey” is putting it a bit strongly. These are my top movie disappointments in the cinema year. Some of these ARE truly awful, but the last one is just plain disappointing given my expectations of the director.
In no particular order then….
Turkey One: Table 19.
A film that is supposed to be a comedy but has very few laughs per hour. Most of these come from Stephen Merchant. Worse than that, the film is full of such vindictive and unlikeable characters that if a nuclear blast were to whip through the hotel unexpectedly, then the world would be a better place.
Turkey Two: Pitch Perfect 3.
Probably the last film I get to see in 2017 is further away than is imaginable from “A Monster Calls” which was about the first film I saw in 2017. Lazy, witless, plot-less and where even the song and dance numbers lack the verve of the first two films.
A complete waste of celluloid.
Turkey Three: Dunkirk.
A controversial entry I’m sure! I’ve seen some people name this as their “Film of the Year”. But for me, I just didn’t get it. What should have been an awesome war spectacular with thousands of troops being rescued by hundreds of English boats from the jaws of defeat, went off (for me at least) like a damp squib. “No CGI” was the boast; “no spectacle whatsover” I thought.
It wasn’t a TERRIBLE film. (Even Harry Styles, in his debut, equipped himself well). If this was some nobody director, I might give it FFf (as I did) and resign it to the forgotten masses of the year with “47 Metres Down”. The reason this makes my turkey list is that this was directed by the great Christopher Nolan – he of “Inception”, “Interstellar” and the great Batman trilogy. And this was supposed to be his opus magnum that he’d been working on for years.
OK… we may need to differ on this one!
Have a very Happy New Year and here’s to a great 2018 at the movies!