Let the announcement of the winners commence!
Up first? The most disappointing movie of 2011. This is the film with the biggest gap between what we expected of it, and what it delivered. The biggest let down.
Our nominees are “Cars 2”, “Cowboys and Aliens”, “Green Lantern”, “J Edgar”, and “Sucker Punch”.
Click through to see the winner is!
I’m not sure that everyone thought that “Sucker Punch” would be awesome, but I know a lot of people hoped it would… Me included.
Zack Snyder was riding a bit of a hot streak. He did an enjoyable remake of “Dawn of the Dead”, Frank Miller’s “300”, and the uber faithful to the comic “Watchmen”. Fanboys were watching for what he had up his sleeve next, and the movie he announced was “Sucker Punch”. With its mix of samurai schoolgirls, fire-breathing dragons, and big bunny mechs… “Sucker Punch” looked crazy, sexy, original and cool.
Unfortunately, what it was was a hot mess.
Oh, certainly the visuals he had been promising us were present. But the story wasn’t just lame… it was kind of a joke. So. You’re going to present this semi-exploitation flick as some kind of treatise on female empowerment? Scott Glenn is going to star as a character called “Wiseman” who will spout such nuggets of wisdom as “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything,” and “Don’t ever write a check with your mouth you can’t cash with your ass”? But perhaps worst of all was that the fantastical vignettes with all the cool visuals were almost completely unrelated to each other and had no through narrative whatsoever. There was the (terrible) overarching narrative level above, but once it was time to visit the action sequences, each was completely disconnected from the last.
Here’s what Entertainment Weekly’s Lisa Schwarzbaum had to say when she selected it as one of her five worst movies of the year:
This is what happens when videogame aesthetics infect moviemaking like a virus: We get a repellent action- fantasy that glories in dull, pounding, monotonous violence; screeching music; fetishistic, soulless visuals; and oppressed, psycho-slut female characters who have been ”empowered” to avenge their sexual degradation by fighting in their underwear. We suckers have been punched. Game over.
Each of the other nominees were disappointing, certainly. “Cowboys and Aliens” took a great idea for a genre mashup and turned it into a genre mushup instead. “Green Lantern” introduced a new superhero to general audiences by throwing them into the deep end of the “crazy characters and concepts” pool, and then served it up with a side of sketchy acting. “J Edgar” sold you a ticket with its pedigree but then left you wishing you had watched a History Channel special instead, and “Cars 2” promoted an unworthy character to the lead, added a “Spy” story, and took away any shred of heart the original had.
Yet none of them fell as hard as this one.
Sucker Punch. The most disappointing movie of 2011.
Do you agree? Did another movie leave you even “Flatter” than this? Think Snyder’s live action anime opus gets a bad rap? Post it up! Let me hear it!