This year has been a mediocre year for movies. There are a lot of films that came out and were either okay or not what I was expecting. This could be in a good, bad or disappointing way(I’m talking about you Spectre). Every year I try to do a list of the best and worst movies of that year. This year,I have decided to do a top 6 list, mainly because there is a movie that I wanted to add to my best list and I didn’t want to take anything out.
First, I’m going to start with some hounorable or in this case, dishonourable mentions. P.S there may be some movies on the list that I have never mentioned before. This is because I haven’t had time or I have tried to forget about them and the only way I can is to only talk about them once. Also most of the movies on the list are here because they had potential but didn’t reach them.
When I reviewed this film, I gave it a 4.5. Looking back, I can see that I was being harsh. The movie wasn’t all that bad, it was just disappointing for me. I expected so much more and I got so little from it. Some of the actors are good, I’m still a huge fan of Mae Whitmen. She is one of my favourite actress out there. From Avater: The Last Airbender (the TV show, not the movie) to Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, her characters are always great to see. I think I was and still am sick and tired of the same adult humour that they use in films. It could’ve had an influence on my rating so for that, I decided to look back and have changed my rating. It is still on this list because as I have said before in my other review, it is forgettable. I forgot the movie even came out this year. I have added 1.5 to my rating and in the end, it’s a 6/10.
Last year, a movie about secondary characters came out and I hated it. This is because secondary characters are only funny for the main movie they feature in. Once you try to give them a serious story, they are not as good as they used to be. This is what happened with Minions.
I have never reviewed this movie before, mainly because I don’t have a lot to say. In my previous notes, I only have two sentences to describe the film. The first note that I wrote is this is actually better than Penguins of Madagascar. It has the comedy that I wanted from the trailer, but there was only one problem. The jokes that are shown in the trailer are the only funny moments in the movie. The rest are just predictable and don’t bring anything new. I get that it is not for me but the reason the minions worked in the first place was because they seemed like characters that all ages will be able to enjoy. Heck, there were even more adults than kids in my screening.
The second note that I wrote is that it tries to use nostalgia to bring adults into the game by playing Jimi Hendrix music. It didn’t work and was kinda sad. In the end, this was enjoyable at times but it was disappointing. 5/10.
I actually forgot that this movie was released this year. It was a disappointment as it had so much going for it. Instead, it had a main character that I hated, a weak villian and might have ruined the director’s chances to make an Alien movie. It’s not as boring as Elysium but it is forgetful. It has premiered on TV right now and I’ve tried everything to avoid it. My rating is still the same as my first viewing, 4.5/10.
This is another movie that I also had two sentences jotted down in my notes. I got to watch this early at a special screening. I was dreading the viewing because A, it’s a kids move and B, it doesn’t look good.
An alien lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people. On the fun, he meets a young girl and together, they find out the true meaning of Home.
My first opinion was right. It wasn’t good. I just wanted leave the cinema after the first scene. This is another movie that isn’t aimed for me and I would’ve given it the benefit of the doubt. The only thing is that there are kids movies such as How To Train Your Dragon and Toy Story that can be aimed for kids but still be intelligent and incredible. Then I realised that this movie is completely different because it is basically a Rihanna advertisement. Every 10 minutes, they would play a Rihanna song. The characters would do this weird cartoon dance that was embarrassing at times. It has a good concept but its overshadowed by the music.
To conclude, I don’t want to watch this movie again. It feels a bit bland especially for a kids movie. It gets an 3.5/10 for trying to give us a story that failed.
4. Pitch Perfect 2
I loved Pitch Perfect. I didn’t expect to as I thought it would try too hard to be funny but it had just the right amount of comedy. The idea for a sequel excited me until I saw the trailer. This movie turned out to be what I thought the first film was going to be. It’s a big drop from the first one and I’m not excited for the third one. The only reason this isn’t higher up the list is the fact that that one of the characters had an interesting backstory and I am still holding on hope that this franchise won’t go downhill (Yes, this is a franchise like fast and furious). 4.5/10
In my original review, I used the initial title name but this time, I decided to use the advertised name. Fant4stic was a really bad movie. It had the same serious tone throughout which can be good for a movie if it has a good plot. This movie wanted to try and mix comedy and drama together but it didn’t work at all. They should’ve just pick one tone and stuck to it. The biggest problem is that there is so much build up that the climax feels rushed. They even have to jump a year because the build up took most of the story. Everything falls apart which makes this movie get a 4/10 instead of a 4.5/10. I lose hope in the film everytime I think about it.
I know that I should’ve expected this to be a bad movie from the beginning. Adam Sandler hasn’t done a good comedic film since The Wedding Singer so it was no suprise that this movie was going to be bad. The only thing was it actually had a good concept. Who wouldn’t want to see how people react when video games are real and they have to play them in the real world in order to save the universe? The only thing is that everyone here is out of date with comedy. Nothing is funny. It’s extremely bland and I’m glad I don’t have to acknowledge this movie ever again after this review. It still gets a 1.5/10.
Going into this movie, I knew it was going to be bad. Not because of the reviews but because of the trailers. They were not intreging at all. It was the last week for the movie’s release and I thought that I should at least give it a chance.
Oh my goodness, this was so bad. As soon as you see kid Peter Pan in the orphanage, it goes downhill from there and this is 8 minutes into the film. The nuns at the orphanage are cartoonish. The main actor isn’t great but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt because he is a kid and this is his first role. The pirates were so annoying and they sang Smells Like Teen Spirit. SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT IN A PETER PAN MOVIE, WHY?
From then on, I forgot what happened. Something about Peter being the chosen one. Tiger Lily appears. Bad CGI. Blackbeard bad.Pixie dust for eternal life. Good wins. This is all I can gather. All the characters annoyed me but the one who got on my nerves the most was James Hook. I don’t know why but he would always talk from one side of his face. They made me hate that character.
In the end, I don’t really remember everything that happened, I hated this so much and I just want to forget about it altogether. I’ve given it a 0.5/10 because the first 8 minutes are good. It is definitely the worst movie that I have watched this year and I’m glad that I only had to talk about it in this review.
Here is a link to some previous views that I have talked about in this list:
The Duff- https://filmaticreviews.wordpress.com/2015/04/10/the-duff-2015/
Pitch Perfect 2- https://filmaticreviews.wordpress.com/2015/05/16/pitch-perfect-2-2015/