Ten 2010 films that were a waste of time
Before we get to the good stuff next week, when I announce my best films of the year list, here are the 10 films that either disappointed me, were flat out awful or that frustrated me because they could have been better. In my thirty-plus years of reviewing films, I’ve found that I now tend to avoid cinematic disasters when I see them coming. Therefore, this list features movies that I went into with some expectations of at least mild entertainment and walked away with coal in my cinematic stocking.
Here they are, going from bad to worst:
As great as The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, the third film in Millennium series, brings the story to a close with a thud. It is a dull summation of the more compelling backstory from the first two films.
There were several bad potential tent pole movies this summer, with Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time being the worst of the bunch. With a based-on-a-video-game premise and first-time action hero, Jake Gyllenhaal, in the title role, it was totally forgettable.
There is a classic cliché about Hollywood filmmaking: “If you want to send a message, use Western Union.” In Green Zone, a movie about the politics that led to the continuing war in Iraq, the filmmakers took some facts and created a tedious fictional version of those facts.
We loved it when Gerald Butler and Jennifer Aniston were in town making The Bounty Hunter, but please, next time you use Atlantic City on film, please make it a better movie than this train wreck of a romantic comedy/action flick hybrid. Too many movies these days have crappy dialogue, bad photography and stories that have little connection to the way real people act and talk.
In The Other Guys, is it is supposed to be funny that a pair of over-the-top macho cops leap to their death because they are too stupid to realize it will kill them? Is it funny that Will Ferrell plays a desk jockey nerd that gorgeous women find irresistible for no discernable reason? Is it funny that Mark Wahlberg wants to be a macho cop but is stuck with Ferrell’s desk jockey because he was demoted when he shot Derek Jeter? OK, the last one was funny. Otherwise, The Other Guys left me as cold as director Adam McKay’s other movies like Stepbrothers and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.
We’ve been patient with M. Night Shyamalan. After he gave us The Sixth Sense, we expected great things from him. Not anymore. The Last Airbender it is a dull fantasy film. The special effects are far from special, the acting is atrocious and the story has all the complexity of a fifth-grade English paper.
The ladies’ adventures in Abu Dhabi for Sex and the City 2 were less than enchanting. When the best scene in a movie features Liza Minnelli singing “Single Ladies” at a gay wedding, you know the concept has lost its sparkle.
"If you still want to see this movie, I have obviously not done my job."
There is no movie review this week because, frankly, the choices went from re-releases (Titanic 3D) to unappetizing sequels (American Reunion) to recycled ideas (Mirror Mirror). Go ahead and tell me it is my job to go see crap movies so I can tell my readers they are crap movies. Point taken.
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