The forums have been somewhat quiet, so I have a fun topic here, and since we have a worst anime thread I decided to make this one.
So, as the title says, talk about some movies you disliked for whatever reason. I also have included which movies you were disappointed with.
So I'll start with movies I just hated - these are movies that I was surprised I actually made it through although there were many times when I almost turned away from these shows.
Collateral - this movie was dumb, I remember everyone talking about how great it was and when I watched it I felt it got progressively worse as it continued. Tom Cruise also doesn't play a mean badass very well either and that made it so cheesy. Interesting concept though, but it fell short of what I would consider good. It was cheey in the very essence of the word.
Be Cool - Boring, Boring Boring - that's all I can say.
The Hours - a self indulgent pity fest for a couple of selfish women, one contemplates suicide although she has everything including a kind and understanding husband another abandons her family - what, am I supposed to be sympathetic for them? And the way the series is done is to show that they're lives are so difficult, sorry but I felt no empathy or sorrow for these characters, and for me to like any movie or anime, I have to be on the main characters side. The only redemption of this movie was the performance from Meryl Streep and Jeff Daniels - they could have and should have made a full two hour movie with only their story arch - the rest was garbage.
Wanted - Dumb, dumb, very dumb, the only decent scene was when the guy told off his pig of a boss, and even then, it wasn't that great. The movie plays out like a really poorly put together superhero movie.
Superman Returns - this movie had no point whatsoever - great performance from Kevin Spacy, but that's all. I can barely recall anything from this movie - that's not a good thing. All I can say is this movie was pretty pointless.
Thelma & Louise - Let's make a movie where two protagonists go on a rampage killing some other innocent people just because they pissed off the protagonists. This sounds like a premise for a great horror movie, or even the brilliant Natural Born Killers - which was an amazing movie - that movie portrayed and showed the protagonists as what they were - monsters and how the media made them into heroes.
Sadly, I'm not talking about Natural Born Killers - I'm talking about Thelma & Louise, which, rather than make the protagonists out to be the monsters they are, instead, they're heroes - that we, the audience are supposed to feel empathy for. Sorry, but blowing up some random guy in a truck because he pisses you off is no valid reason to kill him - it's not heroic. This is what inhibits the movie's attempt at making a social statement completely fail, thus, more pointless crap.
Daredevil - this movie was like a B grade Spiderman - I enjoyed it when I first saw it, but then after watching it again I realized it's pretty bad, it's boring and plods along, the pacing is crap. Which sucks because there is a lot of potential with the Daredevil character.
Austin Powers Gold Member - I actually sat down and watched this about a month ago, it really was not funny, it's was a betrayal to those who actually respected Mike Myers as a comedic genius - which he is - but then he pulls something like this out. To put it into perspective - even Cat in the Hat was better than this - and that means this third Austin Powers movie was pretty bad. It's pretty sad when you have to resort not only to recycling old jokes - but parodying them - which is what happened on this movie - then the other fart, fat, cultural, pee, mini me etc. jokes just lost their steam. The only parts that were actually good was with the character Goldmember - who was different from what was done before - but there wasn't very much of him on this movie - like I said, it resorted to the old jokes rather than capitalize on the comedic potential this new character had to offer.
Alien VS Predator Requiem - Horrible, a couple of good fight scenes between aliens and perator, cool to see aliens in present day society, otherwise, this was pretty much a B grade movie with A grade monsters. What irritates me so much about this was that there was so much potential, I mean, they merged two big scifi monster movies together and this is what they get; a crappy version of Dawson's Creek with some Aliens and, get this, one predator running around. The first one was better, but still nothing great, but at least they hired good actors and had a decent story and direction for it, this they had everything - and the fact that aliens running around on present day Earth, a really cool concept, but they screwed it over big time.
Catwoman - I don't even need to go there, I laughed at scenes that weren't supposed to be funny, it reeked of cheesiness, I barely made it through this movie.
Transformers Revenge of the Fallen - so when I watched the first Transformers movie I was surprised at how good it was, even my cousin who is the world's biggest movie critic and cynic liked this movie. I felt that it did a great job of bringing this mythology to the live action presentation, it also succeeded in attracting new fans.
So a person can't blame for for being excited when this came out, however, after I watched it, to say it fell short of my expectations would be an understatement. I was almost ready to cry at how bad it was after seeing it in the theater. I thought, how could they screw this up so bad? A few issues I have:
1. The twins - I know there was the whole racial issue behind that, but I simply found these characters annoying - and do you want to know something even worse? They got more screen time than Megatron, Optimus, Bumblebee, Ironhide, Starscream, Ratchet and Soundwave - you know, the REAL Transformers characters, the ones that make the mythology what it is, the foundation characters. Nope, let's give some useless, mentally deficient robots more screen time than the main characters. Chi From Chobits would've been more useful in their place and she completely doesn't fit in there.
2. Wasted potential - not enough Soundwave screen time, Devastator was beaten in such a cheap way - it should've been Ironhide and Ratchet who brought him down.
3. Poorly paced - it was good for the first hour, after that, the movie hit a lull - then it never did quite recover - and even the way the climactic battle only got good for the 20 seconds Optimus owned the two villains at the end.
4. Bad jokes - another big problem, this movie tried to rely heavily on humor, and most of it wasn't funny, and not only that, it was overdone. So when you have jokes that aren't funny to begin with and they're overdone, it's a disaster. On the first one, the humor was well done, in small shots here and there, and the jokes where actually funny - on this, they ruined it, come to think of it, I don't think I laughed once on this movie.
Spiderman 3 - Here was another movie I eagerly anticipated, I mean it had the symbiote in it, I expected this mass expoloration of Spiderman/Peter Parker's character, a look at his dark side, scenes where he beats criminals within an inch of their lives, remorse, responsibility, redemption - just a few of themes covered on the first two Spiderman movies - but we got Toby Maguire playing the emo dancing douche bag, brock poorly cast and poorly played. Lastly, this movie tried to do too much in the time frame it had which left very little room for character development and good storytelling.
Everything down to how Peter came into possession of the black suit was just plain lazy - an asteriod, reallly? I thought Jameson's son brought back the symbiote from space, They were setting it up in the second movie, but no, that would make too much sense to do it that way.
However, the movie wasn't a total loss, Sandman was actually well done, I liked how it focused on the theme of forgiveness, there were a few good action scenes, it's just the emo Parker and the sloppy storytelling really bogged this movie down. When I first watched this movie in the theater Mixed emotions is all I can say.