To order our nominee announcement and awards presentation threads over the next couple of weeks here, I decided let’s let the “Worsts” go first, and Ladies before Gentlemen.
Thus I present to you the nominees in our first category for the inaugural FMR MAJOR Awards. The most disappointing movies of the year, all vying to be called “The Biggest Disappointment.”
In order to qualify for this category, the movie first has to have raised some degree of promise or expectation, and then have not lived up to it. “Don’t believe the hype!”
Here are the candidates for “Biggest Disappointment” of 2011.
“Cars 2” – Not that I’m a huge fan of the original or anything, but it was a good movie at least, and Pixar DOES have a reputation for producing high quality films. I expected FAR better than this out of them, no matter which of their properties they’re working with. Instead what I saw was a hollow, unfunny, flashy movie that I couldn’t wait for the ending of. A Pixar movie with a 38% tomatometer score is just unheard of. But they earned it here.
“Cowboys and Aliens” – Two Huge Hollywood Stars. A female lead that was (at that moment) the Hollywood “It” Girl. A cast of sure-fire supporting actors. A director coming off of succesful superhero franchise. A high concept that sounded unique and promising. Expectations were high. Evidently TOO high. WAY too high. Because what we got was an unremarkable pile of sludge. A lame story with crappy special effects. Ptt-ooh.
“Green Lantern” – I know I really enjoyed it when it came out, but it’s hard not to acknowledge its numerous faults, and the general public kicked it around like a soccer ball. There were a ton of things that you just can’t expect a unitiated audience to accept immediately… they should have been eased into the mythos more gradually. Plus, the cast had some issues across the board. Green Lantern is a superhero that deserves better.
“J Edgar” – An important, influential historical figure, whose job was to investigate and fight crime. He reportedly kept secret, blackmail worthy “Files” on any number of important Americans. He was also a reputed cross dresser and a repressed homosexual. How does all of THAT wind up such a bore when you have one of the greatest actors of our generation and a director who’s won two Academy Awards (and been nominated for two others)?
“Sucker Punch” – The promotional materials for this looked awesome. Samurai Schoolgirls fighting Dragons? All kinds of creative, enticing visuals were promised. Unfortunately, that was literally ALL the movie had to offer, as the “story” was complete rubbish, and the acting was completely and totally flat. I think I can see what Snyder was TRYING to do… but he undershot his target by a long sight. Easily one of my most disappointing films of 2011.
So there you have it folks! Our quest to determine the Best in Worst in the world of movies for 2011 has begun! Most Surprising will get posted later today, and then the acting awards start tomorrow! I’m going to
have these all written soon, I’ve already made my choices need your help through this process! What do YOU think was the most disappointing movie of 2011? Was it one of these? Did I “snub” anyone?
Let’s hear what you think!