Welcome to another episode of moviemanMDG’s Movie Talk, where I talk about everything film-related. Now that I listed off my top ten favorite films of the year, it’s now time to focus on the ones that didn’t impress me as much as the other films. This episode of Movie Talk offers my personal pick of the top ten least favorite films of 2016. No amount of ranting is required for this list because basically, I found it to be a complete waste of time and energy. As always, if there’s a movie on this list that you liked more than I did, then that’s great. We all have different views on a certain movie. Let's begin.
Looks like we’re starting off the list with an animated film this year, which is weird because I usually like animated films. “Ice Age: Collision Course” is the latest installment in Blue Sky Studios’ wacky franchise that’s just there to entertain some kids. The only problem for me is that the amount of charm that made the animated franchise so lovable got overshadowed by its cartoonish humor and its generic plot. I liked the animation and there were a couple of humorous moments that made me laugh, but that’s about it.
Like Ice Age, “Keeping Up with the Joneses” has a couple of funny moments, but everything else fell flat. With an unoriginal plot, weak characters, and bland humor, this film can’t even keep up with itself.
Giving that this horror film is based on the forest where people go to commit suicide, “The Forest” should have been a lot more scarier. While disturbing in some cases, it’s not enough to cover up its weak characters and its predictable storyline.
Formulaic, predictable, and dumb, “When the Bough Breaks” is basically the same thing that we’ve seen in multiple movies that focus on obsessive people. Don’t they have anything better to do besides stalking someone all the time? Geez...
“The Boy” is hilarious in the most unexpected way. Like “The Forest”, the film is filled with weak characters and a story that doesn’t live up to its potential. The only reason why it’s lower on my list is that it’s unintentionally funny instead of being scary, especially the ridiculous third act.
There are lots of movies that offer strong and dramatic storytelling with a surprise twist. “Shut In” isn’t one of them. I don’t know why, I just wasn’t scared of this film at all.
That’s right, another horror film on my top ten list. You might not be familiar with this one, but that might be a good thing because “The Darkness” is just like any other supernatural horror film you’ve seen plenty of times. The only difference is that it’s also a Lifetime family drama.
This is one of those films that made me question what the heck I just watched. “Meet the Blacks” is so forced and so over-the-top that it made The Purge look like a masterpiece in comparison. You know, cause it's a spoof of The Purge.
Living up to its title, “The Disappointments Room” is best left forgotten due to its little shock value, slow pacing, and its uninteresting premise.
Let’s take a look at some dishonorable mentions before we get to my number one stinker:
-Max Steel: A disappointing, formulaic superhero film that should’ve been released a couple of years ago.
-The Girl on the Train: An underwhelming mystery film that offers so much as to what’s going on.
-The Wild Life: A forgettable, harmless animated adventure.
-Hands of Stone: Quite of a disappointment compared to the other fact-based boxing films.
-Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising: A disappointing sequel to a pretty solid R-rated comedy.
-Criminal: Another unsuccessful attempt at cashing in Kevin Costner as an action star.
-The Bronze: This film makes me want to slap Melissa Rauch’s character in the face.
-Zoolander 2: A long-awaited comedy sequel that won’t impress those who haven’t seen the first film due to its overuse of dumb humor.
-True Memoirs of an International Assassin: An action comedy that fell short on the comedy.
And now, the lowest of the low, the weakest of the weak, my personal number one poop of 2016 is....
I was thinking about putting the “2016 Ghostbusters controversy” as my number one pick, but since it doesn’t count as a movie, I decided to go with this. “Norm of the North” is something I would watch on television or on Netflix instead of in the theater. With its lazy story, bland animation, and kiddy-aimed humor, this animated popsicle is more suitable as a distraction for very little kids rather than a film made for both kids and adults. I wasn't kidding about that first sentence, by the way.
Those are my picks of the top ten least favorite films of 2016. Let me know in the comments section below what your least favorite 2016 films are. As for the people behind the films that are on my list, better luck next time.