Moving on from the nice surprises, we have the sad disappointments of the year. These came quite often, and always left my heart broken. So, without further ado, here are my top 10 disappointments from 2016.
Two movies that looked like they could really be great, and they ended up being pretty generic and meh. “The Girl on the Train” looked to be the “Gone Girl” of 2016, but, despite a great Emily Blunt performance, the film fell apart in the final moments. The other is “Passengers”, which once again featured solid performances, but it wasted all of its potential by focusing way too much on the romance, and too little on the common sense of it all. Not terrible movies, but way weaker films than I had hoped.
Top 10 Disappointments
10.) “Hail, Caesar!”
The Coen Brothers have made fantastic movies over the years such as “Fargo” and “No Country For Old Men”, but this film felt like a star-studded miss. The Coen Brothers always go for the strange, but this film felt too far out there, with none of it being as compelling as it should be. Roger Deakins makes the movie pretty to look at, but, besides one fantastic scene with Alden Ehrenreich and Ralph Fiennes, I just could not get into this Coen Brothers adventure.
9.) “The Accountant”
Oh, man, the potential wasted with this one. A unique thriller about a man with a social disorder who becomes ridiculously smart and it stars Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, and JK Simmons, how did this go wrong? Certainly not in the first half, as that delivered on everything promised, but the movie completely falls apart and gets so cliché for a film that had such potential to be different. Once again, this isn’t a terrible film, but it was brutally disappointing, and it definitely didn’t have to be.
8.) “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice”
The first, and if you could guess, certainly not the last DC movie that is on this list, but that doesn’t make BvS any less disappointing. There are moments that work, but the time wasted building lackluster exposition made the film drag, and there’s not enough room here to discuss the atrocity that is Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. The other DC movie that came out in 2016 made this one easier to swallow, but “Batman v. Superman” did not help DC in their never ending task to gain ground against Marvel.
A sci-fi thriller starring Anya Taylor-Joy from “The Witch” that is directed by Ridley Scott’s son with a great trailer, what do you mean it sucked? Apart from one interrogation scene that was great, this sloppily edited snoozer was anything but what I had hoped. Not much of anything worked in this one, so let’s just move on and try to forget it ever happened.
6.) “Assassin’s Creed”
Video game movies suck, period. 2016, man, this was supposed to be the year that ended that curse, and with “Assassin’s Creed” was probably the most promising of them, it made it all the more painful when it just didn’t work. Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard sleepwalk through a boring, messy plot that has the audacity to end on a cliffhanger for a sequel that will never come. When the movie follows the video game and uses the past, it worked, but those scenes came way too few and far between, and, while the promise was there, the execution fell totally flat.
When Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, and the director of Dallas Buyers Club get together and make this dud, it will certainly make it on my disappointments list. The film, like all others on this list, had so much potential, but the movie lacks the proper plot to make it work, and “Demolition” crumbled, pun intended, around the weight of all of its stars. Many of you probably have no idea what this is, but I thought this was going to be a potential Oscar contender, so it was certainly saddening to see “Demolition” fail so badly.
4.) “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”
Another Oscar bait film with so much potential wasted, “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” was a damn disgrace. Oscar-winning director Ang Lee completely crapped the bed and made a film with no emotional impact and with brutally awful dialogue. There was almost nothing that worked in a film that I expected to be in the Best Picture talks, and even groundbreaking camerawork just looked bizarre in a weird movie that completely missed the mark.
The pain, the agony, the disappointment of this movie. Duncan Jones made two great films with “Moon” and “Source Code”, so I was excited to see what he could do with this one, but even bright minds apparently cannot break the mold of trash video game movies. This film is soooooooooooooo sloppy, so boring, so uninteresting, and so poorly made it is astonishing, and especially considering it is at the helm of Jones. When the bright spot of your movie is Ben Foster’s stupid wig, you know it’s a problem, and “Warcraft” was all kinds of horrible, and all kinds of disappointing.
2.) “Collateral Beauty”
Will Smith, you are a fantastic actor. Helen Mirren, you are a fantastic actress. Edward Norton, you are one of the best actors around. Naomie Harris, you went from “Moonlight” to this?! Not only was “Collateral Beauty” complete and utter garbage, but it also lied with its trailers, completely lied. The plot is not at all what it promised, and even with one of the best casts of the year, this film missed every single mark and was offensively atrocious. This movie will stay as a permanent stain on all of these actors’ careers, and it is baffling to me that a garbage movie like this was even made, to begin with.
1.) “Suicide Squad”
So here we are, number one, and man did it not have to be like this. There’s always an Oscar bait film that fails, so a “Collateral Beauty” can be somewhat expected. This film, on the other hand, was a total home run. The trailers were fantastic, the marketing was exceptional, and the cast looked like they were ready to put DC right with Marvel, so when “Suicide Squad” failed, and failed hard, my heart shattered to pieces. This is a catastrophic failure, an atomic bomb of disappointment, as I was so sure it was going to be great. Will Smith does his best, but the messy plot, underutilized characters, horrific villains, and sloppy execution all led to a truly awful film, and easily the most disappointing movie of 2016.
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