Sunday, January 8, 2012

Five worst movies of 2011...

Before awards season gets underway with the Golden Globes, SAG awards and Oscars, here's my pick of the most disappointing movies I experienced in 2011.

Green Lantern
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In a year which saw Marvel dominate the comic book blockbusters with Thor and Captain America, DC Comics Green Lantern was such a disappointment.

In my opinion the alien Green Lantern Corps would have been better realised with some clever animatronics and puppetry, plus less green screen to ground the cosmic adventure in a bit more reality.

The CGI was a poor video game standard, the villains were weak, the hero's motivation and personality were questionable (what is it with making heroes so cocky and arrogant these days, making their redemption seem so heavy-handed or unbelievable in a two hour movie).

Ryan Reynolds charm (and his body) really were the movie's only saving grace.
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Transformers 3
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If you're a teenage boy then I'm sure you loved the third Transformers movie.

Granted the was more story here than the second movie and some cool visuals like the army wingmen flying through a besieged Chicago, but it takes more than Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's long legs in a short dress to distract from the fatal flaws in this movie.

A dash of homophobia, lots of juvenile toilet humour, big unnecessary explosions and human characters, all made for a mindless sci-fi action mess.

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Last year I managed to navigate away from the sheer glut of unnecessary and unsuccessful remakes like The Thing, Conan the Barbarian, Fright Night, Straw Dogs, The Three Musketeers and the list goes on, but I did see the romantic comedy Arthur.

It wasn't totally unwatchable, but it was just mediocre. Hollywood seems unable to take risks and wants guaranteed successes by leveraging viewers familiarity and nostalgia with established films and stories. In this case with Russell Brand replacing Dudley Moore 30 years later, it just didn't pay off.
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Contagion had an all star cast and great apocalyptic virus premise, but simply ended up being a dull, lackluster movie, raising more questions than satisfyingly answering them.

What could have been great sci-fi and a brilliant exploration of society was just a bit of a drag and not a very convincing one either, that merely fizzled at the end.

One of my biggest gripes with the movie was how Matt Damon and his daughter managed to keep their house looking so clean. Surely after months of power cuts, food and water shortages and a temporary breakdown of society they wouldn't look so cosy and pristine. How would they wash clothes and bed-linen, and iron them, where would they get supplies from if the shops closed and ran out.

Just not believable and annoying, which I couldn't get past. Frankly a waste of great potential.
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Blue Valentine
Blue Valentine poster
Even though Blue Valentine opened at the end of December 2010, it was the first movie I saw in early January 2011. And what a depressing way to start a year.

Ryan Gosling has had a phenomenal year with Crazy Stupid Love, The Ides of March and Drive and his acting and chemistry with Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine was wonderful and not to be doubted, but what a downer of a film.
Blue Valentine movie posterAs you can see my film choices are an eclectic assortment and there were probably many more horrific examples, but these were my least favourite of the 32 movies that I paid for to see on the big screen.

Do you agree with my choices? What are your worst films from last year?

Be sure to come back soon for my five favourite movies from 2011...

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