As 2018 comes to a close, it’s time to look back at the best and worst movies of the year. This list contains movies that I had expectations for but unfortunately, they didn’t live up to them. Please note, just because a movie is disappointing does not mean it is bad. It may be on this list because I was expecting it to be better. That being said, a few of the movies on here are absolutely awful. Without further ado, let’s start. get into the ten most disappointing movies of 2018. Please note that these are all my opinion and you may disagree with me.
Look, I didn’t expect this movie to be a masterpiece. I didn’t even expect it to be really good. What I wanted from Skyscraper was a fun time at the theater. Unlike Rampage, this movie failed to give me that. The movie dragged too much and The Rock surprisingly lacked the charisma he normally has in his movies. This movie took itself way too seriously and several moments that were probably intended to be cool didn’t make any sense. A lot of the emotional beats didn’t work at all. Overall, Skyscraper was a huge disappointment as it was poorly made and failed to deliver the entertainment I expected.
9. Cloverfield Paradox
This movie sucks. Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane were two films that I thought were extremely intense and well made. This movie is the complete opposite of that and was very disappointing. Nothing about the movie hooked me. The characters were bland, the story was bland and the visuals were bland. Furthermore, the link to the Cloverfield universe felt extremely forced. None of the emotions work and I would advise you to avoid this film.
8. The Meg
Another movie that was disappointing was The Meg. Like Skyscraper, I wanted this to be a dumb, fun action movie where Jason Statham fights a big shark. And at points, that’s exactly what it is and those 20 minutes are when the movie works. Unfortunately, the movie takes itself too seriously and falls flat for the rest of its nearly 2 hour run time. The dialogue is the worst I’ve seen in any movie this year and the performances were weak. Barely any of the humour landed and the film made me care about the characters or the emotions they were going through.
This is a film that isn’t really that bad. But it wasn’t as great as it could’ve been. The film stars Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike and the trailers for it looked pretty good. I also heard nothing but great things about it so I was pretty excited. The technical aspects work really well and the cinematography was outstanding. Even the opening scene was gripping. Unfortunately, the movie lost me due to the absolutely horrendous pace. There were moments where the acting was good but I wasn’t emotionally connected to the story and didn’t really care about what was happening after a point. It isn’t terrible, but the fact that it could have been great makes it disappointing to me.
This pick is going to be controversial. I’ve seen a ton of lists where people say this is the best of the year. Maybe if I saw it before the hype I would like it more. The movie is definitely unsettling. A prime example of this would be the car scene, which is easily one of the best of the year. But the movie drags in the first act and the final act turns into an absolute mess in my opinion. The ending also fell flat to me. I would still recommend watching it and part of the reason for that is Toni Collette. Despite the fact that the movie was disappointing, her performance was sensational and she deserves a nomination.
5. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
This movie wasn’t just disappointing to me. I thought it was absolute garbage. The visual effects are good and everything involving Dumbledore and Grindelwald worked for me. But the movie is a complete mess. Like the first movie, the characters were extremely bland and aren’t relatable at all. I touch a lot upon the problems I had with this movie in my review so you can go read that if you want more.
4. Isle of Dogs
I’m not a dog person. Despite this, movies where dogs or other animals are involved normally have good emotional moments. Moreover, Wes Anderson directed The Grand Budapest Hotel which is a fresh and unique film and one of my favourites from the last few years. That’s why it was disappointing to me that this movie lacked any of the heart or off beat tone I was expecting from it. There is an entire subplot involving Greta Gerwig’s character that felt pointless. Another aspect of this movie that didn’t work was having the main human character speak Japanese without subtitles. I understand what Anderson was going for but it meant I couldn’t really connect with the protagonist.
3. Sicario: Day of the Soldado
I’m not going to go into all the problems I have with this film here because I already did a review for it. This movie did not work for me and was extremely disappointing. In my opinion, the first Sicario is a modern day masterpiece and I had high expectations for this one despite the fact that Denis Villeneuve wasn’t returning for it. This movie is a complete failure in my eyes and that’s a shame.
2. Ready Player One
I was so excited for this movie. The book is great and has complex characters and tons of easter eggs. Steven Spielberg is my favourite director and most of the cast is wonderful. Unfortunately, this movie didn’t really do anything for me. Several of the changes made to the book like the resistance and ending came off as lazy and uninspired and the characters were bland. The visual effects are undoubtedly fantastic but I felt nothing during the final battle. The stakes didn’t feel genuine and I wasn’t connected to the characters in the film. However, the easter eggs were fun at points and the Shining sequence is near perfect. Overall, Ready Player One is by no means terrible but it could have been so much better.
1. Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle
I’ve written a review for this already so I won’t get into the problems I had with the movie. I’m a huge Andy Serkis fan and was excited to see what he could bring to the table as a director. That’s why it was disappointing that the film doesn’t work. It doesn’t hold up when comparing it to the Disney version and isn’t worth your time. I love Andy Serkis and I hope he has more success with directing in the future.