You've seen my five favourite movies of 2014, but today it's the turn of the five most disappointing films from last year. And whilst I'd rather be singing the praises of all the 35 movies I saw at the cinema, some of them had far too many flaws to ignore. So here are my five least favourite movies in no particular order.
Firstly Paul Verhoeven's original 1987 version is a classic piece of satirical sci-fi, which also had the action and hardcore violence to satisfy cinema goers, and secondly the franchise has already spawned numerous sequels and spin-offs, on the small and big screen, so this new venture really should have offered something new to proceedings, but it didn't.
Sure the movie was watchable and entertaining, but there was nothing original or groundbreaking here, and even modern day CGI special effects didn't really improve matters when it came to RoboCop's human parts.
By the way, I'm also sure that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot would be on this list if I'd seen it too.
I've never really liked Michael Bay's cinematic vision of the Transformers. I've never enjoyed the special effects, or the lack of personality or distinguishing looks between the 'robots in disguise', plus the human characters always seem totally superfluous to the plot (especially the 'eye candy' women).
This new movie seemed totally schizophrenic, almost like two different films in fact, especially when the action moved to China. Talk about pandering to the Chinese market, with cameos and overt product placement, it just felt tacky.
I find this happens a lot with films I really look forward to, they never live up to expectations.
In this case even though Andy Serkis does a remarkable job as the motion-capture actor for augmented chimp, 'Caesar', it doesn't make up for a very hammy Gary Oldman (oh and wasn't he totally dialing it in for the RoboCop remake too?) and the other humans who don't have much to do, aside from being very black or white, good or evil, no shades of grey here.
So much promise wasted. An all-star cast, fantastic production values and special effects, but no story beyond the basic premise whatsoever.
Split in tow to cash in on the franchise, just like the Harry Potter and Twilight Saga movies, nothing really happened in this installment. When the fate of someone's cat is the most exciting bit of action in a movie, you have to worry.
Plus in the first two movies our reluctant heroine, 'Katniss', is really proactive and her strength of character really shines through, whilst in this film she appears really mopey and it feels like things happen to her, rather than her determining her own fate.
Overall it felt like a high-production value TV show, they even seemed to return to the same sets so many times to get their money's worth and every seemed a little drab and repetitive.
I can't believe fans of the books and films didn't feel cheated by this movie, and by having to wait another year for the finale.
And there you have my selection of movies that disappointed upon viewing in the past twelve months. I'd also like to add the pretentious Birdman to the list too, which is certainly over-hyped in my opinion, plus I was more than a little critical of Amazing Spider-man 2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past too (and I'm a huge Marvel fan, so that was a real let-down).
What do you think of my choices? Do you agree? What were your least favourite films of 2014?
Let's hope 2015 has many more highs than lows on the big screen...