Some movies receive tons of press and hype before their premiere and ultimately live up to their lofty expectations. However, some, like the following movies, really flop at the box office and with fans despite high expectations. This, my friends, is what we like to call a big, fat disappointment, and there has been plenty of disappointing movies over the years.
At the moment, I’m faithfully crossing my fingers that Infinity War (2018) will live up to its hype and not end up on a list like this someday. All the talk on social media following the premiere is pretty enthusiastic. Hopefully, these aren’t just opinions caught up in the glamour of a premiere but rather true indicators of what good movie it will be.
In the meantime, let’s laugh at all of these disappointments.
The Emoji Movie (2017)
The Dark Tower (2017)
Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
After Earth (2013)
#10: The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
The idea of delving into the lives of animals has just been run into the ground by this point and there’s not much more that can done be with it. Despite voice acting from comedians Kevin Hart, Louis C.K., Jenny Slate, and Eric Stonestreet, this movie cannot be saved. The crude humor falls flat and not even the most immature of children would find it funny. The adult jokes are too far above kids’ heads but too far below actual adults to be considered humorous. The plot has been used a million times before. The Secret Life of Pets basically tried to use a tired idea to appeal to every age group at once, and it failed miserably.
#9: The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
The Dark Knight Rises honestly just suffers from a severe case of little-brother syndrome (something I titled myself and will be trademarking shortly after this is published). Nothing could ever live up to the dark cinematic excellence that was The Dark Knight (2008). Bane could never be as evil or as ruthless as Heath Ledger’s Joker. It just feels like yet another run-of-the-mill action movie trying in vain to add to its franchise.
However, this movie is still fantastic. It just couldn’t live up to its predecessor’s expectations.
#8: Suicide Squad (2016)
While there were some fans of this movie, it had a lot of issues and definitely could have been better. Like most movies that bomb, it had practically no plot and instead focused too much on its characters. Sure, we got some awesome characters like Harley Quinn and the Joker, but director David Ayer had no idea what to do with them. Was he supposed to create a believable villain? Was he supposed to give more than a few minutes of screen time to Jared Leto? Apparently, he had no idea so he did neither. Even Will Smith’s presence couldn’t pull this movie out of the landfill.
#7: Shrek the Third (2007)
I’ll just start this by saying that I actually hate Shrek (2001). Maybe this is because I was exposed to a particularly horrible YouTube video (YOU ALL KNOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT) or maybe it’s just because I’m not a huge fan of crude humor. Either way, I didn’t think it could screw up anymore than it already had.
Unfortunately, I was wrong. Shrek 2 (2004) was actually a high point in the series, including a wicked fairy godmother with an emotional eating issue and some wicked pipes. Then Shrek the Third came out and shoved its poorly-written plot and rote humor in everyone’s faces and expected them to be grateful. Long story short, it sucked.
#6: Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lighting Thief (2010)
Let me just say that this one was personal. I read the book series and I loved it. Those characters were like my best friends in elementary and junior high. I was so excited to see the movie.
But my dreams were immediately dashed. Annabelle’s hair was brown, not blonde like it should have been. The actors were all teenagers when they should have been twelve-year-olds. Half of the plot points from the book were tossed in favor of more “exciting” ones in the movie, including the blatant product placement of an iPod to defeat Medusa. Anyone who’s read the book can agree with me on this one — this adaptation was just a mess.
The only good thing about this movie is the early 2010s fashion, which I hope becomes popular again one day — and the casting of Logan Lerman.
#5: The Last Airbender (2010)
Heaven knows what M. Night Shyamalan was thinking when he created this horrid thing. It’s like he made the entire movie by looking at a picture of Aang with his arrow tattoo and just made up the details as he went. The casting was terrible and not even close to accurate. The mood was entirely wrong and the pace was too slow to capture the attention of its young target audience. And they didn’t even pronounce Aang’s name right — it’s “ang” not “ong!” As far as TV-to-movie adaptations go, this is by far the worst one I have ever seen.
#4: Stars Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace (1999)
I’m going to admit my age here but I wasn’t even a year old when this movie came out, so I can’t truly comment on the reception at the time, but I have a pretty good guess of what it was like. After seeing the perfection that was the original trilogy, people were expecting that same Star Wars magic. They were hoping to be taken to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Unfortunately, they were taken to a galaxy that held Jar Jar Binks, midichlorians, and an overabundance of green screens. Not even the star power of Ewan McGregor or Liam Neeson could salvage this mess.
#3: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
As much as I enjoy Harrison Ford and Indiana Jones, this movie just massacres everything I love about the series. First of all, the decision to cast Shia LeBeouf just didn’t age well. Secondly, the plot was paper-thin. Maybe Steven Spielberg was tired when he made the film. Maybe he was just hoping that the audience would subconsciously add in their own plot points from the rest of the series. Either way, it really didn’t work and the movie fell short of creating an engaging story line. And finally, aliens. Freaking aliens.
#2: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
“Why did you say that name? Martha? Why did you say that name? WHY DID YOU SAY THAT NAME?”
As soon as I heard that line, I knew this movie had just lost all credibility it had. The whole plot was based on miscommunication and Bruce Wayne’s (Ben Affleck) misguided sense of justice. DC desperately tried to be like Marvel with Captain America: Civil War (2016), but unfortunately their drummed-up argument between Batman and Superman (Henry Cavill) just didn’t ring true. It could have been a story about a playground fight between two seven-year-old boys and not lost any of its appeal.
#1: Justice League (2017)
Maybe this movie just suffered from too much of the Wonder Woman (2017) high, but it for sure did not live up to expectations. It didn’t even make it past the starting line — it fell over as soon as the starter gun popped. Whether it was the laughable special effects or the cringe-worthy jokes that all bombed, it just wasn’t up to the standards DC set with Wonder Woman. It’s a shame, too, considering they could have done so much with Jason Momoa as Aquaman and built more upon the other superheroes’ stories, like the Flash. Unfortunately, they decided to focus all their energy on trying to make Ben Affleck look less like a washed-up playboy and more like the Dark Knight, which was a waste.
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