Hidden among all of the good films from last year are also a selection of bad films, some of which I have included in this post. Last year there certainly were a handful of awful films, therefore I couldn’t help myself, and decided to create a list. You may not agree with my list, but that doesn’t matter as everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But I hope that you will find this list useful, as its simply the worst of the worst my friends, so you can choose wisely when the time comes to watch a good film. Enjoy!
However, before I start, my dishonourable mentions include, Exodus: Gods and Kings, which was certainly no Gladiator, consisted of a weak script, dull characters and evoked nothing but tiredness throughout the whole duration, which I must emphasise was 150 minutes. Into the Storm however, did try. Though, it just tried too hard. As a result, it was as disastrous as the storm itself – avoid this film like Ebola. With Tammy, I like Melissa McCarthy and think Bridesmaids is comedy gold, but Tammy really fell short of the mark and she just came across as irritating. A shame, but it definitely hasn’t put me off her. The Interview was yet another over-hyped disappointment. James Franco will continue to be a hit and miss for me. I honestly don’t understand the high ratings it has received from critics, it’s satire, but not well written in terms of comedy in any sense.
Just remember, I warned you.
10. The Other Woman –
How did the casting director convince Cameron Diaz to star in this forgettable film? If you want to see a group of girls fighting over a guy, experience a day at your nearest high school. And the fact that Nicki Minaj landed a role in this film made me immediately like it even less. I guess my biggest question is who funds these dreadful films?
9. Godzilla –
This film fits into the category where the CGI was considered far more important than having a solid narrative. And taking into consideration the length of the film, Godzilla barely showed up, which for me was a huge disappointment. Not good at all.
8. Dracula Untold –
At a conceptual level, this isn’t necessarily a bad vampire story, it just shouldn’t have the Dracula label plastered all over it. With regards to execution, however, the film is laughable. I think it’s fair to say we should feel lucky that Universal didn’t make it into 3D just to add insult to injury. It is certainly misleading.
7. The Giver –
It’s really not all that great. Not one of the characters shows depth nor is exciting to watch, each easily resembling cardboard cut-outs. It didn’t excite me, nor make me want to read the book. It just left me confused as to how so many people can like the book. Perhaps I’m just tired of the teen dystopia genre, but this easily wins my vote for one of the worst films of the year. All I can say is, I hope the book is better, for everyone’s sake.
6. The Inbetweeners 2 –
It’s hard to find a British film in the comedy genre that is genuinely funny. The first film installment of The Inbetweeners was passable (At the most). However, this one was awful. The acting was awful, the jokes were awful and the narrative…wait, what narrative?
5. Ouija –
Simply nothing wrong with regards to the cast, in fact, I felt sorry for them, having to work with such a dismal script. The film does exactly what it says on the tin. To put it simply, there is nothing special to see here. If you want some Ouija action, play it with your friends. I am sure that will result in a much higher thrill than this film did.
4. The Judge –
Robert Downey, Jr. has never been worse, especially in terms of his on-screen laziness. By the end of the film, I was waiting for something to happen to at least make it worthwhile and…it never did. Totally forgettable.
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel –
I will start by saying I am not a fan of Wes Anderson films. The only one I was ever able to sit through was the Fantastic Mr. Fox, and I even struggled through that. However, The Grand Budapest Hotel is on a lot of people’s good lists, which makes me question a lot. Why is this film ‘amazing’? And more importantly, how/why is this film funny?
2. Transcendence –
If there’s something I dislike, it’s a wasted opportunity. Especially when films that have the potential for something truly great then turn out to be bad. Transcendence was a film in which I had high hopes for, yet ended up being really disappointed by. Boring was an understatement. Depp’s worst film to date – you do not want to waste your time on this one.
1. Divergent –
Wish I had diverged from this one. Though I have no complaints regarding Shailene Woodley, the film itself is best left for the teenage ‘fangirls’ of the franchise. Everything in this film has been done, (and overdone) many, many times before. Overall, one of the most boring films I have experienced to date.
Now, I’m interested to hear which 2014 films disappointed you the most? Let me know in the comments section below!