Monday, August 27, 2012

Most disappointing movies of all time

"Let's take our helmets off on this alien planet that is 500 million miles away from Earth, why not?"

From worstpreviews, TotalFilm magazine put together a list of Top 50 most disappointing movies of all time, taking a look at films that were highly-anticipated, but turned out to be pretty awful.

Topping the list is "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," with the magazine stating that it had all the ingredients in place, including Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Harrison Ford. But in the end, the film was nothing more than some CGI, a nuclear fridge moment, and aliens.

Also on the list are "Prometheus," "Star Wars: Episode One - The Phantom Menace," "X-Men: The Last Stand" and "Godfather Part 3." Take a look at all fifty choices below and let us know if you agree with the selection.

50. The Tourist (2010)
49. Congo (1995)
48. Shrek The Third (2007)
47. Speed Racer (2008)
46. The Lovely Bones (2009)
45. The Lady In The Water (2006)
44. The Avengers (1998)
43. Ghostbusters 2 (1989)
42. Alexander (2004)
41. Public Enemies (2009)
40. Jennifer's Body (2009)
39. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
38. Sex And The City 2 (2010)
37. Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2004)
36. Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
35. The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
34. Alice In Wonderland (2010)
33. Vanilla Sky (2001)
32. Catwoman (2004)
31. The Spirit (2008)
30. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
29. The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse (2005)
28. Hulk (2003)
27. Miami Vice (2006)
26. Godzilla (1998)
25. Southland Tales (2006)
24. Jersey Girl (2004)
23. Prometheus (2012)
22. Iron Man 2 (2010)
21. Kill Bill Part 2 (2004)
20. Troy (2004)
19. Batman and Robin (1997)
18. Alien 3 (1992)
17. Planet Of The Apes (2001)
16. The Golden Compass (2007)
15. Fantastic Four (2005)
14. Quantum Of Solace (2009)
13. Green Lantern (2011)
12. Terminator Salvation (2009)
11. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
10. Ocean's 12 (2004)
9. The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
8. Superman Returns (2006)
7. Sucker Punch (2011)
6. The Hangover Part 2 (2011)
5. Spider-Man 3 (2007)
4. The Godfather Part 3 (1990)
3. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
2. Star Wars: Episode One - The Phantom Menace (2001)
1. Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull (2008)


JPX said...

I still like Crystal Skull, wanna fight about it? Also, any list that doesn't have The Phantom Menace as #1 is questionable. Still, I pretty much agree with everything on that list (of the films that I have seen).

Also, was anyone really anticipating "Jersey Girl"?

Johnny Sweatpants said...

The only one I strongly disagree with is Kill Bill 2.

And Phantom Menace should have been #1.

JPX said...

Yeah, Kill Bill 2 was awesome - I didn't even notice it on the list.

Crystal Math said...

I was nearly driven to the point of rage upon seeing Kill Bill 2 and WILL fight over it! What the hell is the justification?!?!?!??? It was a freaking masterpiece!!

I think if the blog writers had dug deeper they would have found more. There's nothing there earlier than '89, implying that there was either a)no movie hype, or b)everyone's standards were lower than they have been in the last 23 years.

Octopunk said...

Actually disappointing, as in I was expecting something and got let down (in no particular order, but TPM deserves the top spot):

Star Wars: Episode One - The Phantom Menace
Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull
The Godfather Part 3
Spider-Man 3
Superman Returns
Once Upon A Time In Mexico
Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Alien 3
Quantum Of Solace
Terminator Salvation

Octopunk said...

Movies I disliked but wasn't disappointed by, because I didn't care so much going in:

Green Lantern
Fantastic Four
The Lady In The Water
The Avengers
Alice In Wonderland
Jersey Girl
Batman and Robin
The Golden Compass
(I didn't so much dislike this, but it made no impression on me.)

Octopunk said...

Movies I liked:

Speed Racer
Ghostbusters 2
Vanilla Sky
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Iron Man 2
Kill Bill Part 2
Eyes Wide Shut
The Matrix Revolutions
Sucker Punch
X-Men: The Last Stand

Octopunk said...

I haven't seen the others, but I suspect I'd include Jennifer's Body and The Spirit in the Actually Disappointing category.

Good catch on the myopic film history, Crystal. I thought the "disappointing" angle was forced on a lot of those entries, particularly Lady in the Water. Who didn't want that to suck?

I also have a big chip on my shoulder about the generally-held opinions of the Matrix sequels, but whatever. Can't drive myself crazy.

JPX said...

Nice breakdown, Octo. Of the movies you liked these are the ones that I've seen,

Ghostbusters 2
Vanilla Sky
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Iron Man 2
Kill Bill Part 2
Eyes Wide Shut
The Matrix Revolutions
X-Men: The Last Stand

I enjoyed all of them. I've never understood the dislike for Matrix Revolutions. I always consider Matrix 2 and 3 to be one ginat movie cut in half (see also Kill Bill and thirds the Lord of the Rings films).

JPX said...

Also, I'm with you on Alien 3, which I always thought was an awful movie (the special edition is much better because a lot of cut footage is restored). I remember seeing Alien 3 in college with a bunch of friends and we were all profoundly disappointed as we left the theater. Alien 3 was 90 minutes of unlikable people sitting around having faux profound conversations.