November came and went and left behind some wonderful movies that people will continue to love for years. This list is not for those movies. Instead, this article is for those films that deflated patrons as they wore on. Here are MovieBabble’s worst movies of November 2017:
#3: Justice League
Justice League ditches some of the brooding and dread that was prevalent in previous DCEU movies, but it doesn’t really add anything else in its place. The heroes are fun, led by returning stars Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot, making us want more from them. Ezra Miller, although a tad annoying, is solid as the comic relief character, quipping like he’s making up for lost time like executives at Warner Bros. that are trying to retain their bonuses as box office returns continue to dwindle and a threat of a merger with AT&T puts their jobs into question.
Partially due to a studio mandate to keep the film under two hours, there’s practically zero depth to the film, failing to provide legitimate arcs to any of the characters. Not to mention that JL contains one of the most generic villains in the history of film with nothing new to distinguish him from years of supervillains before him.
There’s hope here, but it doesn’t add up to a final product worth watching. Sorry DC, but JL can’t escape from the worst movies of November 2017.
*To read my full review of Justice League, please click here.
#2: Daddy’s Home 2
The original Daddy’s Home made some money so we got this film…ugh.
Daddy’s Home 2 has a likable cast that includes some very funny comedians, but there isn’t many laughs to speak of except for those that enjoy lowbrow humor. Shocking enough, Mel Gibson is the best part of the movie, and that’s probably not the ringing endorsement that many would want to hear from a movie.
Not only does Daddy’s Home 2 fall back on the most tired of tropes for a holiday movie, it really doesn’t even have a plot. Scenes just sort of happen with the expectation that the audience will laugh at another pratfall Will Ferrell. But, they’re only loosely connected, and even that assertion is a stretch. That actual story doesn’t kick in until twenty minutes left in the movie, forcing you to handle unfunny shenanigans until you just can’t take it anymore.
*To read my full review of Daddy’s Home 2, please click here.
#1: A Bad Moms Christmas
Some people will enjoy A Bad Moms Christmas, claiming it a raunchy, holiday laugh fest. I am not one of those people.
A Bad Moms Christmas is the epitome of a generic studio comedy, slapping together a thin story and relying on F-bombs to supply the humor. However, STX Entertainment and the team behind this movie fail to realize that crass language isn’t funny by itself when the timing, situation, and dialogue surrounding it are completely off.
It’s difficult to discuss this movie, because it doesn’t offer anything of note besides its unfunny jokes. A great comedy applies humor to inventive situation. I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m pretty tired of seeing comedies that think gross-out situations are all they need to succeed. Be inventive! Do something different!
*To read my full review of A Bad Moms Christmas, please click here.
In Case You (Or I) Missed It
Not every movie is a complete dumpster fire, so here’s a few films that didn’t crack the worst movies of November 2017. They weren’t terrible, but weren’t great either.
Roman J. Israel, Esq.
As always, Denzel Washington is electric in the lead role. He adds some quirks to a character that is completely different from his usual, over-the-top style. He’ll make Roman J. Israel, Esq. worth watching for a lot audiences. But, the plot around him meanders, losing all its intrigue and fascination in a story that culminates in heavy-handed mush.
Murder on the Orient Express
Similar to Washington in Roman J. Israel, Esq., Kenneth Branagh is superb as Hercule Poirot. He adds some quick wit to a story that sorely needed it, becoming by far the most likable character on screen. However, the movie around him feels somewhat like a misfire, unable to juggle its wide variety of characters into murder mystery that looses steam as it reaches its third act.
This faith-based animated film also not a complete trash heap as many in its core demographic have come away very pleased with the final product. For the non-religious and children, however, The Star probably won’t do much, failing to do anything inventive to set it apart from other recent animated movies.
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