Added by johanlefourbe on 11 May 2019 11:41
Top 10 worst movies 2019
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Notes: If Brian De Palma always did have some ups and downs during his prolific career, this was probably his lowest point so far, I’m afraid. Seriously, pretty much nothing worked in this flick. The first thing that bothered me was the music. Indeed, not only it was completely generic, but it was also omnipresent, and, above all, it almost never matched the scene that was taking place. Then, if the cast seemed interesting enough, they all gave some rather weak performances, especially Carice van Houten who was pretty pathetic but, on the other hand, she wasn’t helped with this material. However, eventually, the biggest issue was with the story though. Indeed, even though it was again pretty generic, it still managed to be quite confusing and the end-result was just a boring mess. I mean, it was apparently supposed to be some kind of international spy thriller dealing with terrorism with several international locations but , while it might sound ambitious, it was never convincing, interesting or entertaining whatsoever. It’s such a pity that Brian De Palma could deliver such a weak movie in this genre when the guy actually used to be a thriller master back in the 80’s and 90’s.
Notes: To be honest, it turned out to be even worse than I expected. Basically, they took a very generic and boring action flick and they thought it would be so clever to mix it up with an internet streamer/journalist. Seriously, it has been a while since I have seen a movie with such a ridiculous concept (and I saw recently ‘Down’ which was about a killer elevator… but it actually worked better than this movie). First of all, there is absolutely no reason and no explanation whatsoever why this cop would accept that this girl would tag along while he is working on a case. Seriously, what was the upside for him? Then, it was just so annoying to hear this girl constantly hammering the fact that she was supposedly searching for ‘the unfiltered truth’ when, in fact, what she was doing was the worst kind of sensationalist journalism. Finally, there is absolutely no way that any network would broadcast this kind of live feed with people getting shot at and even getting killed live on the air. Even on the internet, after a while, they would have just shut this sh*t down. Concerning Aaron Eckhart, he was actually not bad and he did what he could with this abysmal material but it‘s a pity that the guy is spending his time nowadays with such worthless action flicks. Seriously, it is quite a downfall after playing Harvey Dent in ‘The Dark Knight’ more than 10 years before.
Notes: I found it slightly difficult to judge this movie as I’m completely unfamiliar with the musical it was based on. I mean, putting aside the countless issues regarding this adaptation, it still seemed to be a really weird and surreal musical focusing on some anthropomorphic cats. The lack of plot is basically hidden behind a non-stop succession of songs but, to be honest, it does seem narratively rather weak. Anyway, even if I’m still not convinced by the actual potential of the original classic musical, there is no doubt that they completely botched this adaptation though. Indeed, instead of wearing some silly cat costumes, they thought it would be a great idea to go full-on CGI but the end-result was just awful. The CGI team complained that the production had been rushed but, even if they had been given more time, it would still have been ugly as hell and the concept was just completely misguided. At some point, Spielberg was actually trying to adapt it as an animated feature which might have been a better idea. Coming back on the CGI, they also took the opportunity to completely white-wash Francesca Hayward. Indeed, even though Hayward is a beautiful black woman, she actually played the whitest cat of the bunch which was again another misguided choice. Concerning the songs, I have to admit that they were not bad but, like the rest of the movie, they all felt weird and surreal. On the other hand, I still think that Jennifer Hudson’s solo song was actually quite beautiful and actually saved this movie from becoming a complete disaster.
Notes: Even though I have to admit that I actually have a weak spot for romantic comedies, I actually dread the Dutch ones and this one was a perfect example why. In this case, the first thing that bothered me was how messy the damned thing was. Indeed, for some reasons, 1/3 was taking place in Curaçao and 2/3 were taking place in the Netherlands and the random jumps between the 2 locations were just jarring. The other issue was that there were just way too many characters involved. I mean, there were 5 couples involved, even one love triangle, which was obviously too much to handle in 90 mins. In fact, if they had focused only on the love triangle, the relationship between Jack and Cindy and the relationship between Lisa and Jim, and threw away pretty much everything else, it could have worked. However, since there were so many characters involved, none of them were developed enough. The only one who still managed to make his character fairly interesting was Thijs Römer which was quite an achievement considering the material he was provided. The most disappointing one was Yolanthe Cabau whose character was completely one-note and not entertaining whatsoever. Finally, the foul language didn’t really bother me (I mean, with such a title, what did you expect?) but some of the jokes were just downright inappropriate. For example, there was a very young boy who did swallow some Viagra by accident and ended up in a hospital and it was just bewildering that this cringe-inducing scene was actually supposed be funny.
Falling Inn Love (2019)
Notes: Even though I have a weak spot for the genre, I’m afraid it must be one of the weakest romantic comedies I have seen so far on Netflix. It’s not that it was really awful, it’s just that the concept was really weak (starting with the title). I mean, couldn’t they find another way for her to end up with the Inn? Like simply buying it for cheap, for example, instead of joining some completely unbelievable contest? Then, there was the renovation issue. Indeed, I’m definitely not an expert, but such vast renovations should take at least 6 months, maybe even a year. Ok, if they did hire a whole team of construction workers working around the clock, maybe in 3 months, but she was doing everything with one guy. Then, finally, there was also the price tag. Apparently, since they replaced virtually ALL the furniture, without mentioning all the modern high tech stuff, I can’t imagine how much it did cost but I assume it was just way too expensive for her. To make things worse, the rest of the story was just so generic and predictable. Indeed, the fist person she met was of course the guy she would eventually fall in love with. At least, they usually start arguing at first but they didn’t even bother here. And, then, through the whole duration, she kept saying that she was going back to the US but it was so obvious that she wasn’t going anywhere. On the positive side, Christina Milian was charming and charismatic and this community in New-Zealand was really sweet but everything else was just so disposable and really tedious to behold.
Notes: Even though it didn’t turn out to be one of Sandler’s worst movies, it still turned out to be one of his laziest. The best example would be how, out of the blue, the main character decided to go on a trip in Europe with his wife. I mean, sure, they didn’t seem to be poor but they definitely didn’t have the financial means to take such a sudden trip. Then, even if Adam Sandler and Jennifer Anniston have been friends apparently for years, they didn’t really have much chemistry as a couple. Furthermore, it didn’t help that if Sandler was rather believable as a loser police officer (not exactly a huge challenge for him though), Anniston was not convincing at all as a blue-collar hairdresser. Concerning the plot itself, well, like most movies involving Sandler, I don’t think it was such a bad concept but, unfortunately, it was again so poorly developed. Basically, it felt like some kind of weak mix of a Cluedo game and an Agatha Christie mystery novel. Indeed, to parody a genre which is already rather silly to start with like the mystery novel is rather tricky and the makers here just failed miserably. Seriously, all the characters were just rather tedious and most of the jokes were lame.
The Poison Rose (2019)
Notes: In fact, in contrary to some completely lame movies that Travolta made recently, this one actually had some potential and I really loved the idea of Travolta playing a private detective in the 70’s. Still, don’t be mistaken, the damned thing was actually really weak though. First of all, it has been a while since I have seen a movie supposedly taking place about 50 years and, yet, which didn’t make any effort to be period accurate. Indeed, it could have taken place today and it would have looked exactly the same. At least, they could have given us some vintage tunes to get into the mood. Then, the story also had some potential but, after all, it was mostly ridiculous with some major plot holes. I mean, who the hell was this lady that showed up at the beginning to hire Carson Phillips and never came back afterwards? Furthermore, the whole point was to bring back Carson to his hometown, I got that, but why on Earth was it to look for an old lady living in some mental institution? Do you really need a private detective for this kind of job? Then, within 5 mins, it was pretty obvious that the old lady in question was already dead which was also such an unconvincing scheme. I mean, would really nobody notice that so many of their patients were passed away? Concerning the cast, John Travolta was basically born to play such characters and I really enjoyed the way Morgan Freeman approached his character who was evil but still pretty laidback after all. However, Brendan Fraser obviously tried to do something different here but he pushed it too far, I’m afraid, and by the end of the movie, my wife was still convinced that he was actually a mental patient who pretended to be a doctor in this mental institution.
Rim of the World (2019)
Notes: Well, that’s not with this movie that McG will improve his poor reputation, that’s for sure. I guess it might be slightly more enjoyable for kids around 12 years but I was just bored by the damned thing. In fact, I always hated summer camps so the concept actually some potential but, unfortunately, they chose such a boring and generic approach. On top of that, the CGI was pretty ugly and it wasn’t much better than what you would get from a ‘Resident Evil’ video-game but that wasn't even the biggest issue here. Indeed, to make things worse, all the kids involved were just pretty weak, except for the black boy who was not bad but he wasn’t helped by the fact that his character was very often rather obnoxious. And what was the deal with these Chinese girl?!? I mean, she was very cute but, if I understand correctly, she was an orphan who came all the way to the US to join some summer camp but Why? And how did she get the money for such a journey? Maybe I did miss something but, to be honest, I don’t really care.
Angel Has Fallen (2019)
Notes: I have to admit that ‘London Has Fallen’ was slightly better than its predecessor so I thought I might as well check this 3rd instalment. Well, unfortunately, this sequel turned out to be a huge step back, I’m afraid. Indeed, above all, the plot was just so generic and seriously tedious. I mean, by now, I can’t remember how many flicks I have seen dealing with the main character being setup for some complot. Obviously, Mike Banning then spent most of the duration trying to prove his innocence while the good guys and bad guys were hunting him down. I mean, all this was not necessarily a bad idea but the biggest issue was that the makers didn't add anything new, surprising or entertaining with these tired old concepts and, as a result, I was seriously bored through the whole thing. It was also pretty obvious that they had slashed in the budget (it was apparently almost half cheaper than ‘Olympus Has Fallen’) as, this time around, they didn’t have a huge cast of over-qualified actors involved. They still managed to add Danny Huston, Nick Nolte and Jada Pinkett Smith to this franchise though. Huston was actually not bad, Nolte was obviously completely wasted but I felt above all bad for Pinkett Smith. Is it really the only gig she could find to show to the world that she still has a career beside being Miss Will Smith?
Charlie's Angels (2019)
Notes: Well, I’m not surprised that it turned out to be a flop at the box-office. In fact, there is a fair chance that the two movies directed by McG, which were massively trashed when they were released, might be actually better than this borefest. It’s rather funny that some critics took the defence of this movie by claiming that it did work because they took this (rather outdated) concept with a supposedly feminist approach. However, this thin layer of feminism was certainly not enough to cover the fact that the whole thing was just so generic and, above all, so tedious. You might wonder what a solid action director could have done with this material as Elizabeth Banks, with her sophomore directing effort, obviously had no clue how to make the action scenes exciting or least a little bit more entertaining. Even more problematic was that the ‘funny’ scenes were not much better either. Concerning the trio of girls involved, I understand and appreciate that they tried to not present them as some sex objects, however, none of them was convincing whatsoever. Basically, the whole thing was not much better than a group of girls playing ‘pretend'.
These are the worst movies I have seen which came out in 2019.
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