By Travis Martin
The year of 2016 had numerous disappointing films, some of which had a lot of hype and promise. However, none of these films could not deliver on what they promised or even showed in their trailers or promotions. Here are my top 5 most disappointing films of 2016.
5. “Assassin’s Creed”
Finishing the year was what was suppose to be the good video game adaption, “Assassin’s Creed.“ There is a good film in this, especially when a fantastic actor like Michael Fassbender and a good director like Justin Kurzel are attached. However, bad editing and a lackluster script with bog down the fantastic set pieces, direction, action, and acting from the film. There is a good film in there somewhere, it just does not show. This probably proves that video game adaptions can never work.
4. “X-Men: Apocalypse”
Despite a fantastic time travel reboot setup from “X-Men: Days of Future Past,“ “X-Men: Apocalypse“ is a jumbled mess. There are way too many characters and not enough development of the new ones, leading to lackluster performances. Even regulars like Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult are awful in this. The villain, Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) proves to be boring rather than interesting. And Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) was shoved in for some strange reason. Only Michael Fassbender‘s tragic Magneto and Peter Evans quippy, fun loving Quicksilver saved this film from being unlikable.
3. “Suicide Squad”
Three strikes. That’s how many the DC Cinematic Universe has now that “Suicide Squad” came out. I cannot believe that this is the product that Warner Bros. and director David Ayer gave us. There were things I liked from “Man of Steel” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.“ Although, with the lukewarm reception from the grim tone of “Batman v Superman,” I can understand why Warner Bros. stepped in and took away Ayer’s original vision. But everything is just wrong. Horrible editing, bad characterization, Jared Leto‘s unscary and uninteresting Joker, and the usual portal-in-the-sky slock ruin this bad film. Worse, this film caused DC fans to go into an uproar over critics, who were looking to watch a FILM not a pandering of references. I truly hope that “Wonder Woman” turns out good, or that they stop and just restart.
I really wanted to like this film. All the unnecessary hatred, I really did not want an all-female “Ghostbusters” to be bad. Even I thought that the trailers were okay. But, it turns out that this film tries too hard to be funny and not have any characterization to the leads. The story is horrible, the jokes are not funny, and the CGI is overwhelming. I don’t think CGI is a bad thing, but this was just too much. The cameos from the original Ghostbusters are really bad. Even Chris Hemsworth‘s dumb secretary can’t save this film. Truly, the cast deserves better than what they were given.
1. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
After a fantastic return for the franchise with “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens,“ I was expecting the same greatness to come from the first film spinoff “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” However, what I got were dull main characters and a miss-matched plot. A spinoff about stealing the plans for the Death Star should have been interesting plot. I even loved the concept of having a war film and show the grey areas of both the Empire and the Rebels. While that can be interesting with the war movie tone and the final third action is a great action piece, everything else seems dull or does not make a lot of sense. Felicity Jones‘ Jyn Erso was a boring hero in it along with Diego Luna‘s Cassian Andor. I did like the characters of K-2SO (Alan Tudyk), Chirrut Îmwe (Donnie Yen), and Baze Malbus (Wen Jiang), but other characters you just do not have time to elaborate on. The villain, Director Krennic, is very 1-dimensional, with the only his interactions with a clearly CGI Govenor Tarkin (Guy Henry) really bad. It’s also clear that the reshoots do not mesh with what was in the original. This could have been a great followup to “The Force Awakens,” but “Rogue One” ends the year as a big disappointment.