A crucial focus of my blog is to celebrate the beauty of film. The masterpieces which make goosebumps appear on our arms, force us to sob into our crumpled up tissues, and grin relentlessly. Admittedly, 2016 has been a truly disappointing year of film. That is, until the industry gradually started to get back on their game during the winter months. When you happen to immerse yourself in cinema, there is bound to be several rotten apples. But it is those you must dig through in order to sought out the utterly dazzling output the industry has to offer. Here are the very worst films of 2016, folks!
Third time unlucky. And if this is argued to be the “best” of the three, then a lot can be said. Dan Brown conjures up a first-rate cast, but an unforgivable screenplay leaves the whole film in shreds. If you want to watch a bunch of children going on a treasure hunt, look no further than the beach, this instalment is all the more embarrassing. Bad execution makes for a waste of time, and talent.
9. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Bored cinema-goers continually checked their watches, only to find they had been watching for as little as half an hour. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them suffers from defying any sense of ‘movie magic’, and what is striking is how bland the whole concept truly is. Played too safe, with too many beasts, each scene is overcrowded in an embarrassing attempt of cinema.
8. Norm of the North
Animation should be striving to be fresh, and fun…Think of the masterpieces that Pixar and Disney have brought to us over the years! Norm of the North is an embarrassing addition to the genre, allowing for little laughs. Cheap and ugly animation, and if anything, rushed. Lazy script, dull characters…what happened to having fun? Almost 2 painful hours of your life you will never get back. It saddens me to say that this is the worst animated film I have ever seen. It can be assured that this is indeed more painful than ‘brain freeze’. Avoid at all costs.
7. Now You See Me 2
As Michael Caine rightly pronounces in The Prestige: “You want to be fooled.” Now you See Me didn’t fool a soul, but naturally a sequel was filmed. A money over masterpiece mindset was definitely present in the making of this movie. The characters felt awkward and forced. A few decent tricks, but nothing to quite scream “mesmerising” Contains such a talented, but wasted cast. What a shame.
6. Pride and Prejudice, and Zombies
The question is, who
exactly is the target audience for this film? Fans of Jane Austin or simply “The Walking Dead
”? Either way, zombie enthusiasts will be disappointed that there is more Jane Austen. And similarly, Jane Austen fans will be equally as disappointed by the zombies and shocked by this second-rate piece of cinema. Just another messy interpretation of Pride and Prejudice. Even the 2005 adaptation was more superior, to say the least. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that this film should not have been made.
5. The BFG
As appetising as a snozzcumber, The BFG
misses the mark not just in originality, but to be something every
animated film should be; entertaining. When you take a look at Spielberg’s filmography, The BFG
feels all the more underwhelming. It’s a tired old statement but this really is one that small, undemanding children will enjoy, much more than their parents. Has been executed much better.
4. Dirty Grandpa
De Niro’s mid-life crisis came a little late. A comedy with truly bad taste that tries too hard to be funny. Ill-advised – shocking to think a film like this one can be funded, but that’s Hollywood for you. Completely out of control, and packed with Paedophilia, Bad Grandpa
was an embarrassing experience for many. One you will never be able to erase from your brain, and if only we could. A pointless cash grab, and a clumsy move by De Niro. No amount of Zac Efron can save this.
3. The Jungle Book
Yet another Disney classic that has suffered the live-action remake treatment. Nothing new is brought to the jungle, making this remake particularly flat. Not only is this film forgettable due to its overpowering amount of CGI, but simply because the 1967 version should not have been messed with in the first place.
2. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
What an incoherent mess! Considering Batman and Superman are two of the most iconic comic book heroes to date, this film doesn’t pay homage to them, but results in an embarrassing representation of the two. Fancy seeing Batman at his best? Watch the 1989 classic, or The Dark Knight
, you won’t regret it. As for Superman, the classics are your best bet. Don’t waste your precious money on this, it’s merely an avalanche of CGI.
1. The Legend of Tarzan
Designed purely for mass consumption and serving as merely a cash-grab, The Legend of Tarzan
is Disney’s worst live-action remake to date. Unless you’re a Tarzan ‘super-fan’, do not settle for this level of mediocre cinema. In fact, how can this be labelled as ‘cinema’? If this is what the film industry is proudly churning
out, then they should be truly ashamed of dumbing down their output to this extent. Not only is this a dull remake, it makes for an uninspired mess. The second it begins, you will beg for it to finish, and not in a good way.
Now, I’m interested to hear which films disappointed you the most? Let me know in the comments section, below!