Back in February, I wrote a post about Movies That Turned To Be Surprise, where I talked about my picks for the movies that I didn’t think looked good but actually be entertaining in retrospect. But it’s time to talk about some movies that turned to be disappointments.
That feeling when you’re pumped to see a certain movie because it’s based on some popular source material or one of your favorites is staring or directing it is enough to be excited. And then everything comes crashing down like your crush not reciprocating the same feelings. It’s kind of the same of listening to an album from one of your favorite bands, and it doesn’t live up to expectation while listening to it. Some songs are solid enough, but the rest isn’t anything to download on your phone.
Thinking about the movies that let me down wasn’t that hard since most of these were at the top of my head. And let me preference this by saying almost all of these are the big blockbusters movies, but these are the ones that should’ve been great from my perspective. Some of these I liked at first but turned an eye on them later on. Most of these aren’t entirely terrible, but most would agree that they didn’t live up to the hype surrounding them.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
Why Was I Excited? Outside of Star Wars, the Indiana Jones series is one of my all-time favorites out there. Kingdom of the Crystal Skull had the toughest job at really bringing the fans of the original three back in an unforgettable adventure. Plus, 19 years after Indy’s last adventure, who couldn’t be excited about that?
What Was Disappointing? It turned out to be a giant mess of a fourth installment. And I don’t entirely blame Spielberg, to be honest. I have to blame it on the bad script, filled with ridiculous moments (“Nuking the Fridge”, aliens, Shia LaBeouf swinging with the monkeys, LaBeouf in the entire movie). This is a prime example of “Drinking the Kool-Aid” where I thought it was great on the second viewing but realized it’s really not good. To this very day, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull still reigns as the biggest disappointment I’ve ever seen.
Star Wars: Episode I- The Phantom Menace (1999)
Why Was I Excited? Since I was three when it came out, this will be from the perspective of those who lived in the 90s’ era. Star Wars Episode I- The Phantom Menace was truly a huge event for the return of George Lucas’ epic saga. Being that this is sixteen years after Return of the Jedi, the anticipation was through the roof with everybody just thinking how amazing it’s gonna be when they sit in the theater.
What Was Disappointing? Twenty years later, it’s still probably divisive amongst Star Wars fans. It’s one of those movies where you think it’s great at first, but then realize the problems after multiple views. And with that, The Phantom Menace just isn’t good. Sure, the Darth Maul fight, some of the performance (Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson), and bits of the pod race sequence are highlights. But then you have Jake Lloyd, the awful dialogue, the unengaging story about trades, and the annoyance of Jar Jar Binks. And nobody should ever compare The Last Jedi to this. Also, remember when they re-released this in 3D?
Suicide Squad (2016)
Why Was I Excited? Didn’t know anything about the comics, but with it stacked ensemble playing some of these recognizable villains, Suicide Squad looked to be an insane comic book movie for anti-heroes. And Warner Bros. was putting out some crazy trailers, set to some sweet music, that made it look like it was gonna be fun, to where Batman V Superman didn’t have enough of. We needed Suicide Squad to be successful to make things right for DC.
What Was Disappointing? Suicide Squad was the most disappointing movie of 2016 for so many reasons. You have your positives like Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and showed to be fun, but it’s squandered by the negatives like Jared Leto’s horrible Joker, an inconsistent plot, awful villain, lack of development with any of the characters, overuse songs, etc. I still gave it a C-, but it was so close to being deemed “awful”. The fact that this won a freakin’ Oscar over Star Trek Beyond is the biggest load of crap to ever happen at the Oscars. We should all pray James Gunn will make this right with his reboot.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Why Was I Excited? Man of Steel wasn’t the Superman movie that most fans wanted, but we sensed greatness when the news dropped that Batman was gonna be fighting. Them on screen together for the first time? Please! This was really leading up to the supposed beginnings of the DCEU, despite early reactions.
What Was Disappointing? Can I blame Zack Snyder? Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice tried to be too much without making anything coherent. This should’ve been fantastic. While it gave us a great Ben Affleck performance as Batman and the introduction to Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, the problems like the dumbfounded casting of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, or setting up the Justice League without little thought made it an experience that wasn’t perfect. Also, “Martha?!” This has gone down as being biggest comic book movie that divided many when it came out, and saying it’s one of the best it really pushing it. Wasn’t even all that fun either. I didn’t need to watch the Ultimate Cut because it wouldn’t make any difference. Is BvS good or bad? It’s in the middle ground.
Sucker Punch (2011)
Why Was I Excited? If you’ve watched any trailer that Warner Bros. put out for Zack Snyder’s twisted fantasy, Sucker Punch just looked crazy. Like Stefon from SNL, this thing has everything: beautiful girls; insane fantasies; Scott Glenn; and slick visual effects. And it’s introduced me to Silversun Pickups.
What Was Disappointing? This made me instantly realize Zack Snyder isn’t gonna be recognized as a great director any time soon. What made Sucker Punch painful is that it consist of a storyline that’s confusing and makes no sense, the action is terrible, and it’s misogynistic towards women. Sitting in the theater with one other person (I think) was difficult, which culminates in the second-worst movie to be released in 2011. I’m still waiting for Snyder to make an apology.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
Why Was I Excited? I had a blast with 2015’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, so I was anticipating what director Matthew Vaughn was able to do next in The Golden Circle. The trailers might’ve not been extravagant, but I had a good feeling it was gonna be a fantastic sequel.
What Was Disappointing? The Golden Circle goes over-the-top with all of its action, and there wasn’t anything nearly as exciting from how Vaughn handled the action from its predecessor. Where the original came off as a smart send-off to the spy genre, this felt like a full-out spoof with the cleverness. I really left unimpressed. At least Sir Elton John had the funniest moments. Here’s hoping that franchise goes along better.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
Why Was I Excited? The first Transformers was a huge hit when it came out, and Revenge of the Fallen looked to be an even more awesome follow-up. This was also the first movie that started my summer break off as I saw it on the last day of sixth grade.
What Was Disappointing? It turned out to be a humongous stink pile. Truth to be told, I actually liked this the first time, but that wasn’t until two years later to finally figure out this was a loud sequel that has nothing redeemable. Why did make so much money? Why did I have two unfunny racists robots? Why was this so loud when the action’s happening? Why does this have an inconsistent plot that makes no sense? These are the questions that give me headaches. Revenge of the Fallen was the beginning of what’s going to be a horrible franchise yet to come. At least it had a good soundtrack.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
Why Was I Excited? The Lord of the Rings trilogy is the definition of epic. The astonishment that Peter Jackson did with all three films can never be re-created. When Peter Jackson announced that he’s returning to Middle Earth to tackle The Hobbit trilogy, there was no one else to could do the job wrong.
What Was Disappointing? In only talking about An Unexpected Journey and not the sequels, it wasn’t nearly as epic as the original trilogy. You can tell that Peter Jackson was really stretching these movies out and tried to make everything important. That first hour was difficult to get through when the adventure finally starts. I still say the best moment in the entire film is Bilbo, Gollum, and the riddle sequence, which was amazing.
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
Why Was I Excited? Can’t say I was too excited about this Spider-Man reboot because it felt too soon for Sony to go back to the start. But, I do love Spider-Man, and fans were in need to see it come back in some say after the potential fourth movie wasn’t happening.
What Was Disappointing? After watching it for the third time, The Amazing Spider-Man is kind of dull. Outside of Garfield looking the part of Peter Parker/Spider-Man. It just wasn’t as fun as the Sam Raimi movies with an undeveloped villain in The Lizard, plotlines that don’t come back, and less said to the sequel, the better.
The Hangover Part II (2011)
Why Was I Excited? The first Hangover was a massive surprise to both critics and at the box office, as it was the highest-grossing R-rated comedy at the time. Though it was unnecessary to do a follow-up to something that’s already can’t be touched again, maybe it could provide even bigger laughs in the mix. But we didn’t know if it was able to recapture the same comedy magic from before.
What Was Disappointing? The Hangover Part II is literally the same movie in a different location. A prime example of a cash grab sequel. Take out all of the charms that were found from before and just make it an unbearable and mean-spirited comedy sequel that’s very unneeded in the summer of 2011. Why did I like this the first time I saw it? I still don’t know. If that wasn’t enough, the third installment was even worse.
Dumb and Dumber To (2014)
Why Was I Excited? Dumb and Dumber To is one of the few times Jim Carrey stars in a sequel to one of his own movies. The only other time was Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls. The original 1994 Farrelly Brothers hit was definitely one of the funniest movies of the 90s, and we needed an appropriate sequel to make everyone forget about whatever Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd failed to be. The fact that Carrey and Jeff Daniels were coming back as Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne is enough to surely enough to make this a hilarious comedy.
What Was Disappointing? It wasn’t really funny. Not to say that it was horrible, but Dumb and Dumber To wasn’t the sequel that we were promised. I can easily say Carrey and Daniels still share comedic chemistry, but the story felt like a repeat of the original along with the jokes. Worst of all is that it wasn’t clever. Since this came out, this set a new low for comedy sequels after this. Twenty years too late.
A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)
Why Was I Excited? Though I’m a handful of people who thought Live Free or Die Hard was a good movie in the franchise, I was pretty excited to find out that A Good Day to Die Hard was going back to its R-rated roots and probably harken back to the original movie. And the idea of John McClain teaming up with his son already sounded like a recipe for greatness.
What Was Disappointing? As I walked out of the auditorium on that February afternoon, I wanted to punch a wall because of how much it sucked. There’s no point of calling this a Die Hard movie because this didn’t feel like Die Hard in the slightest. And who’s the blame? Well, director John Moore and writer Skip Woods for having no idea what makes John McClain a hero. The action is poorly directed, the chemistry between Willis and Jai Courtney was nonexistent as father and son, and it just ruins an already cool action franchise for a ton of people, including me.
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Why Was I Excited? Who wasn’t excited when Spider-Man 3 was about to come out? This was probably the biggest movie to be out in 2007. Following up with Spider-Man 2 three years later, this was gonna be an incredible installment with a story involving Venom.
What Was Disappointing: Spider-Man 3 is the first time Sony tried to control everything by shoving too much in what could’ve been a great product. I liked it the first time, but as time goes on, it doesn’t hold up. Too many villains (forcing Venom into this), too many storylines that not care about, and a ton of ridiculous moments that killed this trilogy, including emo Peter dancing.
Fantastic Four (2015)
Why Was I Excited? Nobody likes the Fantastic Four movies with Jessica Alba and Chris Evans. With Chronicle‘s Josh Trank attached to direct this and having an incredible cast (Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell), maybe the new attempt at Marvel’s first family might be more exciting. There was some skepticism walking into this after hearing not so good things from filming and the reported problems with reboots.
What Was Disappointing? Everything! There’s literally nothing redeemable in this 2015 dump of a superhero movie. For a movie that’s supposed to be fun, Fantastic Four took everything so seriously, and you can clearly see the production problems fully. The lack of chemistry between the cast is obvious, a rushed storyline, scenes that were in the trailer wasn’t in the final cut, and an abysmal third act that finally has action, this is trash. This was also the fourth time Marvel’s first family can’t be done right. Fantastic Four is truly one of the worst comic book movies ever made.
Why Was I Excited? Neill Blomkamp is still capable of helming science fiction with clever commentary on the world. While I wanted more from Elysium, Chappie has a touch of Short Circuit or RoboCop with this robot learning about the world that’s intriguing.
What Was Disappointing? Some people really like Chappie, and I never understood why. The trailer told us lies. They made Chappie into a jerk by the garbage South African rap group Die Antwoord (playing themselves?). You know it’s bad when you actually root for Hugh Jackman’s bad guy to kill the robot. It makes you wonder if Blomkamp is a one-hit-wonder.
Why Was I Excited? Honest truth, I’ve never been a huge fan of the Alien franchise. The first two films (Alien and Aliens) are superb, though not some of my favorites. But everything that has been released for Prometheus is definitely bold about its story that Ridley Scott felt confident on. This was also back when I never watched any of the Alien movies beforehand; so I was a newbie to this universe. Was it an Alien prequel? That what I wanted to find out.
What Was Disappointing? Aside from Michael Fassbender’s performance as David and some cool visual effects, Prometheus didn’t give a lot of answers that most fans of the franchise wanted. It just leaves you hanging with There’s also a lot of dumb moments that can’t be ignored, like the dumb scientists or somebody running straight when a ship is about to crush you. One of 2012’s most controversial movies for sure. And I can say the same about Alien: Covenant now since I came to realize it wasn’t even all that good either.
Why Was I Excited? Aloha seemed like it could be a good romantic dramedy set in Hawaii. And this is the talented Cameron Crowe we are talking about; He knows how to write and direct a solid dramedy with some romantic elements (Jerry Maguire, Say Anything…). Plus, the trailer showed promise, especially with the use of Cold War Kids’ “First” playing.
What Was Disappointing? Aloha is the kind of romantic dramedy that fails at everything it tried to be. A great ensemble like this is wasted on a script that’s incoherent and doesn’t know what it wants to be. What’s even worse is that Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone share no chemistry. Aside from a line that Bill Murray that’s actually good (down below), I felt empty about Aloha and just hope Crowe redeems himself after this.
“The future isn’t just something that happens. It’s a brutal force with a great sense of humor that will steamroll you if you’re not watching.”
Why Was I Excited? Wally Pfister is known for being Christopher Nolan’s preferred cinematographer. So it’s interesting to see him make his directorial debut about Johnny Depp playing a computer. That might sound weird to some, but Transcendence had all of the potential to make it a success.
What Was Disappointing? Great premise, poor execution. Transcendence wastes these talents (Depp, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman) on a science fiction thriller that offers nothing worth mentioning. We are given a story with lifeless characters with nothing do to. Why, Transcendence, why? I even almost fell asleep a couple of times because of how boring this was. Pfister should’ve just continued being a director of photography instead. Easily one of the worst movies of 2014, in my opinion.
Why Was I Excited? Spectre was one of my most anticipated movies of 2015 simply because it’s James Bond. This was also following up the heels of Skyfall, which is one of the coolest action films not only in the 007 franchise but of the decade. And with Sam Mendes coming back, it looked like it will harken back the classic Bond films.
What Was Disappointing? This wasn’t on the level of boredom like Quantum of Solace, but Spectre just wasn’t all that thrilling when the story lacked real engagement. It’s just fine when considering the action (besides the killer opening) isn’t memorable. You can kind of see Daniel Craig almost sleepwalking. Not only that, Christoph Waltz was pretty much wasted as the villain. It also provided us with one of the weakest Bond songs in history: “Writing’s On the Wall” by Sam Smith.
Justice League (2017)
Why Was I Excited? Since George Miller’s version didn’t get off the ground because of the Writer’s Strike, Zack Snyder’s of Justice League will finally bring Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg onscreen together for the first time. Road the leading up to it was struggling with the reshoots and Snyder leaving and putting Joss Whedon in charge to get the DCEU on the right track.
What Was Disappointing? I thought Justice League was really flawed but still had fun with it when I first saw it. My thoughts have changed a lot understanding why this wasn’t the superhero team-up that I, and others, wanted for so long. There were some good moments, but it suffered from many problems that kept this from being above average like the story being rushed, the massive reshoots (explains why the deleted shots from the trailers didn’t make it in), a terrible, one-note villain (Steppenwolf), and Henry Cavill’s CGI mouth. Do we need to see this “Snyder Cut”? No, and people should stop clamoring for it to be released. Justice League shouldn’t be thrown in the worst comic book movies pile; it left more to be desired.