Added by johanlefourbe on 22 Mar 2021 01:34
Top 10 worst movies 2021
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Yes Day (2021)
Notes: It turned out to be one of these movies arguing that raising kids has become such an impossible task nowadays and, to be honest, I always have a hard time to relate with such movies. The fact that I got 3 very easy children to raise doesn’t help I guess. Anyway, in my opinion, raising children is not really about when you should say ‘No’ and when you should say ‘Yes’, it’s actually more about building trust between you and your child. So, you can see I didn’t care much for the whole set-up but, at least, it was nice that it was dealing with a bilingual family, even if they did actually very little with this aspect after all. Still, I have to admit that there was something pretty neat to see these kids calling all the shots for one single day. However, for some reasons, they completely derailed the whole thing during the 3rd act by sending the parents to jail for some rather dubious reasons. Finally, the tone was just so feather light. Indeed, the parents were nice, the kids were nice, there was barely a conflict even at the beginning of the movie and I get that it was probably done on purpose but it would have been more interesting if the characters would have been slightly more complex.
Outside the Wire (2021)
Notes: With its combination of ‘The Terminator’ with ‘Training Day’, the damned thing certainly felt rather derivative but, to be honest, I have to admit that the concept actually had some potential. On top of that, the two main characters were quite charismatic. Unfortunately, even if it wasn’t a total disaster, it still didn’t really work though. Indeed, even if the concept was not bad, the story was just really weak. Afterwards, I came to the conclusion that the whole story was pretty much built up around their wish to hide for as long as possible the fact that Leo was actually a rogue robot. As a result, this tale was just terribly and unnecessarily murky but, eventually, nothing said or happening actually really mattered and this approach completely weakened the story. To make things worse, when the main character finally found out what was actually going on, Leo pretty much disappeared until the final climax which was also rather disappointing. Basically, it was a rather dumb movie with actually a few really neat ideas and they should have dropped all these generic action scenes and, instead, have most of the movie being about the two characters arguing about the meaning of life. It’s such a pity that such movies dealing with superior AI always turn them into some wannabe mass murderers.
Why Did You Kill Me? (2021)
Notes: Basically, their approach was to focus mostly on the fact that this murder investigation was partly solved because the family made their own investigation through a vintage social media website called ‘myspace.com’ (in fact, even though I thought I did disappear following the rise of Facebook, it apparently still exists today). Well, it might have seemed clever but, while I have to admit that it was fairly spectacular, I’m not sure if it was really the most interesting thing about this true tale. I mean, at some point, they mentioned the fact the family was also involved criminality but it was dropped fairly quickly. In a similar fashion, they gave us some interviews with various people involved in the 5150 gang or close to the people involved in this gang but they never went really deep into this matter either. Of course, the fact that some civilians would get some better results in a murder investigation than the cops was intriguing but going deeper in the people involved, especially developing their social background, might have been more interesting, at least, to me. For example, considering how rough this neighbourhood was, it was in fact hardly surprising that some completely random shooting would result in the death of some innocent girl and this case only got more attention sadly only because of the social media angle.
The Dig (2021)
Notes: Well, even though the story had some potential, to be honest, I didn’t care much about the damned thing. At least, Basil Brown was an intriguing character and Ralph Fiennes delivered another solid performance though. Unfortunately, even though it was visually appealing enough, the makers never managed to make me feel how amazing it must be to dig up such ancient artifacts. Indeed, even though we were supposed to marvel at Basil Brown’s mighty skills, it didn’t seem to be so much work. Basically, Edith Pretty showed him some hillock, the guy started to dig and, a few days later, he found some super old ship. Eventually, I wish they delved in deeper into the technicality of such an archaeological digging but the only thing you learn is that digging a big hole can be dangerous and that small women are more suited for this job because they don’t weigh so much. Even more problematic was how Basil Brown was actually pushed aside at some point and, suddenly, they started to focus instead on the Piggotts’s marital issues. Seriously, not only this subplot was completely generic and predictable, above all, it really had nothing to with the main plot so I still wonder why it was added in the first place. It wasn’t even historically accurate as Stuart Piggott and Peggy Piggott did get a divorce but after almost 20 years of marriage. Seriously, it has been a while since I have seen such a half-baked and above all pointless sub-plot.
New Gods: Nezha Reborn (2021)
Notes: The main reason I wanted to watch the damned thing was because the animation seemed to be really neat and, indeed, we have come a long way since ‘Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within’, the first CGI animated motion picture with photo-realistic characters, was released already 20 years ago. Indeed, in this area, this movie was quite impressive, even if it was maybe slightly overwhelming during the action scenes because it was going so fast with so many details and so much stuff happening at every corner of the screen. Concerning the story, well, it wasn’t so successful, I’m afraid. I mean, it was not bad but the whole thing was basically based on some rather convoluted Chinese mythology and, to be honest, I’m not sure I followed half of the story. And, yet, the more I think about it, the more I believed that the damned thing had some potential. Indeed, there was an intriguing dark undercurrent because Nezha was actually some kind of violent and egocentric god responsible for many innocent deaths through his various reincarnations. Unfortunately, the whole thing was just so damned messy and unfocused, they never went deeper in this interesting direction. Concerning the characters, some of them were actually pretty cool and/or entertaining but they were probably too many of them and, eventually, none of them was actually really developed whatsoever.
Notes: To be honest, the beginning was pretty much a mess. Maybe they wanted to show how unique and intimate the footage would be but I was hardly impressed. Fortunately, the whole thing did settle down at some point when they started to go chronologically from the very beginning of his life. Indeed, it was pretty neat to discover that the guy was actually half Jamaican and that he spent actually every summer when he was a kid in Jamaica. Even more interesting was to see how much involved he was involved in crack dealing before his breakthrough as a hip-hop singer. I also did appreciate the fact that they didn’t spend too much time on his beef with Tupac as enough has been said about the matter during the last 25 years. Basically, in my opinion, it was some kind of really misguided PR stunt which completely got out of hands at some point. So, the whole thing was not bad at all but, even without being a Notorious B.I.G. expert, I didn’t feel I heard anything really new. It didn’t help that at least half of the duration was about his friends and relatives talking about how talented the guy was. Anyway, even if the damned thing was not really ground-breaking, it was still a decent watch though.
Notes: I have to admit that I had actually never heard of Hernan Cattaneo before but since there was this new documentary on Netflix about the Argentinian DJ, I thought I might as well check one of his sets on YouTube. Well, his set turned out to be really neat and the idea of watching the guy giving a concert with a symphonic orchestra in one of the most prestigious concert halls in Argentina did sound pretty awesome. Well, to be honest, the damned thing turned out to actually slightly disappointing after all. First of all, Cattaneo is actually pretty notorious for his interminable DJ sets (the one I watched was almost 5 hours) but this movie was actually rather short and, basically, they didn’t really show the concert itself but gave instead some kind of very long introduction. Indeed, the first half was about the production but they never really went into details on how it all went down and, instead, you got to see various people telling how challenging this project was and praising Cattaneo for being such a great talent. To be honest, I thought this movie would be only about the actual concert so I didn’t expect to see some behind the scenes footage but it wasn’t necessarily a bad idea. However, once again, it was too short, so the added value was actually rather dubious. Then, at last, the concert did start and while it did look promising, they gave us only a few highlights (I think there was maybe 5 songs only) and I don’t think it was enough to really judge the end-result.
These are the worst movies I have seen which came out in 2021.
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