Of the 26 movies I saw on the big screen this year the following five were not necessarily utter failures, but they were the most disappointing and underwhelming in my humble opinion (so maybe 'worst' movies is a slight exaggeration and least favourite a better description).
That being said the movie itself held very few surprises and more than once felt like it was borrowing a little too much from Star Wars (it's no wonder Disney has now bought the rights to the Star Wars franchise).
The over-reliance on CGI to create the Martian world and its people, plus the apparent need to create cute sidekick creatures also didn't help endear itself to me.
John Carter is not unwatchable, but I feel like I've seen it all before, which is never a great opinion to leave the cinema with.
I really shouldn't be surprised that the fifth installment in franchise turned out so bad, but the previous movie sequels had been improving and had some compelling sci-fi ideas beyond the simple zombie shoot-em-up video game origins.
Ultimately Prometheus turned out to be such a disappointment. It looked beautiful, had great costume design, effects and art direction, but I couldn't differentiate between characters or frankly care for them at all.
Maybe central to my problem with the movie is, did we really need to know where these 'Space Jockey/Engineers' glimpsed in the original Alien came from? Isn't the mystery surrounding them what keeps them so compelling? Do studios continually need to spell out every single detail of a movie these days, or can't we just leave something to our imagination.
Yes, Michael Fassbender was wonderful as the synthetic human 'David', but on the other end of the scale, how do you run and jump around with apparent ease when you've had an alien parasite ripped from your womb and then had your stomach stapled back together.
One of my biggest criticisms, not just of Batman but the whole DC Universe, is how 'dark' a place it seems to be (the forthcoming Man of Steel looks worryingly so). Marvel's Avengers proved you could have fun, colourful spandex wearing heroes saving the world without the doom and gloom.
The Dark Knight Rises seemed overly violent and I couldn't help but think of the Aurora theatre shootings whilst watching, which made the violence seem even more exaggerated.
Far too long, with heavy-handed symbolism and a telegraphed ending, it was a bit of a disappointment.
After a huge build up, the final act seemed to falter. In The Avengers there's a whole alien armada to battle, here Batman has to evade three missiles in the skies of Gotham. The spectacle just isn't there and maybe it's a case of timing, if it had come before The Avengers I'm sure I wouldn't have the same problems with the action sequences.
With all that being said, Anne Hathaway as Catwoman was superb and Joseph Gordon-Levitt will no doubt make a worthy successor for the cowl.
THE IRON LADY
Growing up during the Thatcher years in Britain this felt like a watered down version of her life and times. My main criticism was how her political Opposition, and even the members of her own Cabinet, didn't seem to be portrayed with any real substance and were glossed over, whilst in truth they and the battles she had with them were what actually shaped her and made her into such an 'Iron Lady'.
The London Film Museum did have this fantastic exhibit of costumes and props from The Iron Lady on display in May this year.
Now that you know what I didn't like so much, be sure to also check out what my five favourite movies of 2012 were.
Be sure to come back soon for my end of year review...