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There really isn't much to say about this movie. It's a soulless cash grab attempting to cash in on the Twilight craze. It's all the worse looking back considering that Taylor Lautner's career never really went anywhere after Twilight anyway.
Everything about this movie is just bad. First of all, it has nothing to do with the comic book character at all. It's a totally different character with a different origin story. A stupid origin story. I know that CGI has come a long way since the early 2000s, but even by 2004 standards, the effects in this movie are laughable. The dialogue is so absurd that it's just shy of "so bad it's good" territory. The film is an insult to comic book fans, and anyone who likes decent movies in general.
I get what this movie was trying to do, but man did it fail. First of all, if you're trying to make the audience care about the protagonists struggles, maybe make them somewhat likeable. This girl is self-absorbed, she's petty and she treats her friends and family like sh!t. It's hard to feel sorry for her getting cyberbullied when she literally does it to other people earlier in the film. It's clear that the writers of this movie are adults who lack critical understanding of two major topics, namely teenagers and the internet. The whole thing comes off like an hour and a half version of one of those bad PSAs they make you watch in school. Also, really, a teenage girl can't get the childproof cap off of a pill bottle? Come on.
I don't know if you have a subscription to a streaming service, but I do, and let me tell you they are chock full of these kinds of terrible indie horror rip-offs. The movie is basically just a compilation of every trope associated with "demonic possession" in horror films. People randomly floating? Check. The possessed character getting progressively grosser looking as the film goes on? Check. Vomit related gross out scenes? Check. It brings nothing new to the table. Maybe it'd that'd be okay if it actually did these tropes well, but it doesn't. It's just a poorly written attempt at appealing to horror fans.
Okay, so this movie isn't really one of the worst ever created or anything, but what really gets me about it is that as a lifelong Harry Potter fan I expected better. The first Fantastic Beasts wasn't as good as the series itself, but it was alright. This movie is just...a mess. From a filmmaker's perspective, the writing was pretty bad and the CGI left a lot to be desired. From a fan's perspective, it played fast and loose with previously established canon, and it was obviously doing so as a cash grab. I don't understand why Newt Scamander is the main character instead of Dumbledore, and some of the retconning is just...no. The saddest thing is that I it's got a pretty solid cast and crew. JK is a brilliant author, the Harry Potter books are so meticulous and well thought out, I don't know why she seemed to have so much trouble with this screenplay. David Yates directed the last four Harry Potter movies, so it's not like he's a stranger to the franchise either. The cast is great, I love Ezra Miller, Eddie Redmayne's great, Jude Law's a respectable actor...I don't know how they dropped the ball so epically with this movie.
I don't have a problem with religion. I totally support people's right to believe what they want to believe. I also don't have a problem with religious movies. They're not anything I'd enjoy, but if you do that's cool. This movie is a different story. I watched it out of morbid curiosity, and I knew it would be bad, but man, was it worse than I was expecting. Like I said, I don't have a problem with religious movies, but this isn't just a religious movie. This is straight up propaganda. The writers have no clue about how anything works. They don't understand Atheism, they don't understand other religions, they don't understand philosophy, they don't even understand college. The universe this film is set in so off base from reality it's laughable. It'd be fine if it didn't pretend that it's based in the real world, but it does. It pretends like this is an accurate depiction of what secular society is like. It's manipulative, it's exploitative, and even setting aside the social and political implications of it, it's just a boring movie.
This is a movie that just has no reason to exist. It's literally just the first Mean Girls with bad acting and smartphones.
Megan Is Missing (2011)
If you told me this movie was an extended version of some terrible video project high school kids made for some class assignment, I'd probably believe it. The acting is awful, the dialogue is awkward, and a good portion of the film is just random filler. It's clear that the movie is capitalizing on adult fears and how older generations are scared of the internet. I know it's addressing a real problem, but it's just not doing it in any sort of competent way.
This movie is so far up it's own a$$ it's absurd. The characters are super pretentious, the plot is boring and the whole thing seems like such an attempt to appeal to douchey teenagers I can't handle it. In terms of quality it's not as bad as most the other movies on this list, but it just personally gets under my skin.
This movie is so dumb. People are saying "M. Night Shyamalan is making a comeback with his latest films". If that's the case, then moviegoers have developed terrible taste. The movie is so un-scary that I'm not sure it's even trying to be. It does seem to also want to inject some comedy in there, but it fails at that too. Plus, it spends way too much time subjecting us to the cringiest attempts at rapping known to man.
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