Welcome to another episode of moviemanMDG’s Movie Talk, where I talk about everything film-related. Now that I got through with my top ten favorite films of 2017 list, it’s time for me to focus on my top ten least favorite films of 2017. This list contains the films that had potential to be good, but wound up being majorly flawed and disappointing projects. So while other people are accusing films like Transformers: The Last Knight and The Emoji Movie as the worst of the year, I found the films that are far more unsatisfying than giant transforming robots and anthropomorphic emojis. If you happen to enjoy some of the films that are on my list, that’s completely fine. Everyone should be allowed to like a certain film that’s been getting a bad reputation from critics. So without further ado, let’s count down the stinkers.
Coming in at the bottom of the list is the second chapter in the much-hated, sex-obsessed trilogy that’s made for adults. “Fifty Shades Darker” continues the pleasurable relationship between Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, and yes, it’s as sexy as Fifty Shades of Grey. Coming from a guy who has not read the Fifty Shades books, the film did well in impressing some fans of the book series, but it also did very little to give the non-fans the same amount of pleasure. Its weak execution and its desire to provide sexual wet dreams over substance are what made this romance sequel a step down from its predecessor.
A sequel to a Madea film that, unsurprisingly, nobody wanted. “Boo 2!” took the formula that worked in the other Madea films and threw it out into the ocean. As a result, the film wound up being the most disappointing and unnecessary film in Tyler Perry’s library.
Jonathan Levine has made some pretty solid comedies throughout his career, which makes it hard for me to believe that his latest comedy, “Snatched”, was actually his weakest effort in his filmography. Despite its tolerable chemistry between Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn, the film suffers from its forced jokes and Levine’s troublesome direction. A vacation that’s not worth taking again.
From the guy who gave us a terrible Mortal Kombat sequel and a horror film that involves a possessed doll comes the next film in my least favorite list, “Wish Upon”. Despite a passable performance by Joey King, this is a PG-13 rated ripoff of Final Destination that’s not as scary nor as convincing as the title wants you to believe. It makes me wish that it could’ve been portrayed a lot better.
“CHiPs” is the latest film adaptation of a television show that tries to go for the R-rated comedy approach like 21 Jump Street, but fails miserably in the process. Its formulaic story, weak characters and stale humor are the reasons why this film is another comedy disappointment.
2017 has its share of grand finales that end their franchises with a bang. “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” isn’t one of them. Filled with forgettable characters, an underwhelming story, and a lot of editing issues, this latest installment in the video game-based film series is better off as a zombie infection that needs to be caged up.
Director Eli Craig’s latest feature, “Little Evil”, had a good cast and a hilarious concept, but wound up being a soulless disappointment instead. Good thing they released it on Netflix instead of in the theater, am I right?
Another film that had a good cast and a humorous concept, but wound up being a disappointment. The only difference is that “Just Getting Started” has a story that is twice as dull as the story in “Little Evil”.
Aside from Katherine Heigl’s engaging performance, “Unforgettable” is just…well, forgettable. The story has that “been there, done that” scenario that made me ask myself, “Why can’t these people just move on with their lives?”, and the thriller aspect did not help that much at all. It is a definitive sign that the obsession-thriller genre has officially run its course.
Yep. The film that I think is worse than Transformers and The Emoji Movie is a cliched and mediocre horror film that adds nothing new to the story and has an ending that renders the message completely pointless. Nothing in “Friend Request” works for me, and I’m pretty sure that it won’t work for anybody else, either. All I can say is that you’re better off watching Unfriended rather than this.
That’s it for my top ten worst list, which may or may not be completely different compared to the other ones. As always, if you want to read my full reviews for the films I listed above, you can find them in the “2017 Reviews” page. This year has a lot of ups and downs just like last year and the year before that, but once again, all that matters to me and the other movie fanatics is talking about film. Here’s to another year filled with movies.