In the midst of all the top ten lists that are coming out, I wanted to take some time to write about the films that I found most disappointing this year. Bear in mind these are not the worst films of the year by any means, but rather films that failed to meet my expectations, or movies that others loved but I didn’t care for.
The newest addition to the James Bond franchise, Skyfall was heralded as the “movie to reinvent the franchise.” Needless to say, for me personally, it failed to live up to the hype. While not a bad film, Skyfall played as a solid big-budget action movie, but never achieved any real level of excellence. In addition, the peak climactic moment of this film was a huge letdown and a fairly ridiculous way to resolve the film.
Rating: 3 out of 5
Although I was very excited for this movie, due in no small part to Jennifer Lawrence, I really cannot see why people thought this movie was so darn great. It was an action movie with pretty weak action scenes, a love story which was never fleshed out and was merely a poorly executed plot device and many moments that were included only to try and cheaply evoke sympathy in the audience. And that’s not even mentioning the acting, which in general was pretty awful. Except for Jennifer Lawrence, she is great.
Rating: 2 out of 5
Now this one may be a little bit controversial because so many people loved this movie, but it really just did not click with me. I actually ended up seeing this movie twice, thinking that I missed something in my first viewing that would have made me fall in love with this film, but sadly I still don’t see the appeal. There were a lot of individual things I did like about the film; I thought it was well acted and certainly funny at parts, but I still would call this one of my least favorite Wes Anderson movies.
Rating: 3 out of 5
Take this Waltz
Not only one of my biggest disappointments but by far the worst movie I have seen this year. This movie thinks of itself as a deep and authentic look at a marriage that is put under duress when the wife (Michelle Williams) meets another man. This movie, which garnered fairly good critical ratings upon its release, plays on all worst elements of indie film making. It was a movie drowning in obnoxious colors, pointless nudity and ridiculous and unbelievable characters, with the exception of Seth Rogan, who seemed to be the only remotely sane person in the film.
Rating: 0.5 out of 5