2015 gave us an eclectic mix of awesome movies. It’s like someone just threw in a bunch of awesome ideas into a pressure cooker and out came these unique and refreshing stories. This was such a good year for movies that picking the best ones that stood out is a chore. Go ahead, try it.
However, for every Kubrick is an Uwe Boll and for every The Dark Knight is a Batman & Robin. From blockbusters to indie-flicks, 2015 gave us lots of film goodies and some bad ones.
Let’s take a look at the films that made 2015 a memorable one, but first check out some of the movies that were underwhelming to disappointing.
8. Fantastic Four
For Fantastic Four, director Josh Trank deviated from the story of one of Marvel’ most popular families and gave us a much darker and gloomy origin story for the superheroes. This proves disastrous, as we’re subjected to a drudgingly slow superhero story with no big payoff. No dramatic climax or conclusion. It’s as if the makers of the film took the superheroes out of the superhero movie. It was lambasted by critics upon its release. Even Josh Trank dissed the film in a tweet. You know a movie’s bad when its own director lashes out at it.
Mortdecai is a poor man’s Grand Budapest Hotel, if said poor man would rather watch something devoid of humor. Johnny Depp plays the titular character in this art heist caper filled with forgettable characters and dialogue. Depp’s cringe-worthy over-the-top portrayal didn’t help as we’re subjected to the same unfunny joke that recurs throughout the film. Its misguided attempts at style and zaniness ultimately falls flat in a film that tries to be funny.
6. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
Though the first Paul Blart movie was forgettable, it did have its moments. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 reinforces the stereotype of sequels being really bad. Kevin James returns as the titular character, and somehow pulls off a character that is completely unlikeable. Paul Blart is an arrogant, obnoxious and misogynistic jerk, and we’re supposed to cheer for him since he’s the protagonist in a movie filled with terrible attempts at humor (most of them involving tired jokes and lots of fat-shaming). Time flies when you’re having fun and unfortunately in Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, time doesn’t fly when you’re watching a film fail at redeeming itself with its lame attempt at comedy.
5. The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)
You know a movie that’s so bad, that it’s tolerable and fun? The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) is not that movie. Its aim was to offend every fiber of your being with every attempted “joke” on-screen. Why was this even made? Hopefully, this will be indeed the final sequence.