Now that we’ve laid out the year’s best, it’s time to rank the worst. As I said before in my best movies of 2015 list, a lot of the year’s films fell somewhere in the middle and were mostly forgotten, so it was hard to pick a few that I had strong negative feelings towards. But I gave it my best shot and here’s what I came up with…
(Dis)Honorable Mention: ‘Terminator Genisys’
For the record, I liked ‘Terminator Genisys’ more than the average person. I’m a sucker for time travel and alternate timelines, but I will admit that Alan Taylor’s latest film didn’t exactly use those things in the best way possible for the ‘Terminator’ franchise. And even though I found the movie enjoyable for the most part, I couldn’t look past the lack of chemistry between Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney. The ‘Game of Thrones’ actress is certainly a badass, but not in the same way that Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor was a badass in ‘Judgment Day’, which was fairly detrimental. Same goes for Courtney, who wasn’t as edgy or gritty as Michael Biehn’s portrayal of the character. Also, there should have been more Sarah and Pops interactions, but that wouldn’t have fixed the fact that the main characters that were supposed to be in love didn’t seem like they were at all. It didn’t help that the big reveals were spoiled in the trailers either.
5. ’It Follows’
I’m well aware that many people will be super surprised to see ‘It Follows’ among the worst of the year, but I just didn’t see the hype behind it. I found the music to be far too campy and over the top, so it frequently took me out of moments that were meant to be suspenseful. Even though the movie sets itself apart from other horror movies these days by not utilizing jump scares and with it’s interesting commentary on sex, overall it just felt like a below average ‘Are You Afraid Of The Dark?’ episode with hints of ‘Doctor Who’.
4. ’Crimson Peak’
It pains me to say it, but ‘Crimson Peak’ was probably the most disappointing film of the year for me. After loving what he did with ‘Pacific Rim’ and seeing the amazing set and costume design in the trailers, I was really looking forward to Guillermo Del Toro’s gothic romance/ghost story. But when it came time to finally watch it, I was let down by the story a great deal. First, I didn’t believe that Mia Wasikowska’s character would fall for any of the siblings’ plots. They built her up to be such a perceptive, inquisitive young woman, yet she buys into the clearly shady dealings of Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain. Keeping that in mind, it was hard to take the rest of the movie seriously. Then things took a laughable turn towards ‘Game of Thrones’ territory and I was completely lost. There was great potential here, but it was not fully realized.
Speaking of potential, I thought ‘Pixels’ had some potential despite featuring Adam Sandler. The short seemed pretty cool, so maybe the feature would be equally cool, right? Not so much. Not even phenomenal supporting cast members Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage could save the video game-inspired sci-fi action comedy from being a botch. The plot was riddled with holes that became largely apparent in the second half of the movie. I could go on and on about how the writers didn’t really know how to end the movie or how they included characters that weren’t even found in arcades in 1982 or how the female characters were portrayed or the fact that no one would elect Kevin James as the POTUS, but it’s best to just move right along.
2. ’Jupiter Ascending’
After appearing on my most anticipated lists of 2014 and 2015, ‘Jupiter Ascending’ finally hit the big screen earlier this year after a few setbacks. But the sci-fi epic from the Wachowskis didn’t exactly live up to expectations. Despite originality of the story and the excellent visuals, the movie was literally and figuratively two hours of Mila Kunis falling and Channing Tatum catching her. The one redeeming thing about it might have been how funny Eddie Redmayne was, though I’m fairly certain that he wasn’t supposed to be so funny.
1. ’Fantastic Four’
While ‘Crimson Peak’ may have been the most disappointing film of the year for me, ‘Fantastic Four’ was just the worst. When details about Josh Trank’s reboot started to emerge, many fans of Marvel’s First Family were skeptical. Then once trailers and TV spots started popping up, at the very least it looked like the new movie would be better than ‘Rise of the Silver Surfer’. Well, it didn’t even reach that incredibly low bar. The entire film was nothing more than a first act. Aside from Michael B. Jordan’s Johnny Storm/Human Torch (which was the best part of the film), none of the characters had the same spark that made their comic book counterparts loved by generations. Taking a more grounded approach is one thing, but sucking out the essence of these superheroes is another thing entirely. And then there’s the weird character design (especially Doctor Doom), casting Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm, and the lack of dynamic between the four main characters… The list goes on and on. This goes to show that Fox should just bite the bullet and let the rights to the Fantastic Four and all their related characters revert back to Marvel Studios. Maybe then we’d finally get a decent live-action movie featuring Mr. Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, the Human Torch, and the Thing.
That does it for my lists of worst movies of 2015. What do you think of my picks? Do you think anything is missing? And which ones do you disagree with? Let us know in the comments below.