Andrew’s Most Disappointing Films of 2012

In the midst of all the top ten lists that are coming out, I wanted to take some time to write about the films that I found most disappointing this year. Bear in mind these are not the worst films of the year by any means, but rather films that failed to meet my expectations, or movies that others loved but I didn’t care for.

Skyfall

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The newest addition to the James Bond franchise, Skyfall was heralded as the “movie to reinvent the franchise.”  Needless to say, for me personally, it failed to live up to the hype.  While not a bad film, Skyfall played as a solid big-budget action movie, but never achieved any real level of excellence.  In addition, the peak climactic moment of this film was a huge letdown and a fairly ridiculous way to resolve the film.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Hunger Games

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Although I was very excited for this movie, due in no small part to Jennifer Lawrence, I really cannot see why people thought this movie was so darn great.  It was an action movie with pretty weak action scenes, a love story which was never fleshed out and was merely a poorly executed plot device and many moments that were included only to try and cheaply evoke sympathy in the audience.  And that’s not even mentioning the acting, which in general was pretty awful.  Except for Jennifer Lawrence, she is great.

Rating: 2 out of 5

Moonrise Kingdom

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Now this one may be a little bit controversial because so many people loved this movie, but it really just did not click with me. I actually ended up seeing this movie twice, thinking that I missed something in my first viewing that would have made me fall in love with this film, but sadly I still don’t see the appeal. There were a lot of individual things I did like about the film; I thought it was well acted and certainly funny at parts, but I still would call this one of my least favorite Wes Anderson movies.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Take this Waltz

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Not only one of my biggest disappointments but by far the worst movie I have seen this year.  This movie thinks of itself as a deep and authentic look at a marriage that is put under duress when the wife (Michelle Williams) meets another man.  This movie, which garnered fairly good critical ratings upon its release, plays on all worst elements of indie film making. It was a movie drowning in obnoxious colors, pointless nudity and ridiculous and unbelievable characters, with the exception of Seth Rogan, who seemed to be the only remotely sane person in the film.

Rating: 0.5 out of 5

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23 thoughts on “Andrew’s Most Disappointing Films of 2012

  1. greercn January 14, 2013 / 6:00 pm

    For me, the problem with Hunger Games is that it elected to have a “reality TV” to the death format which fitted badly with the books. I think “Mockingjay” is a rich and political book and I can’t imagine how they might reduce that, for the two films planned. I agree with you that Jen is fab, in this and especially in “Silver Linings Playbook” which is a stupid title for a terrific movie. “Skyfall” was just too downbeat and negative for me – I love the positive glamour of Bond – and I think that’s why Barbara Broccoli has chosen different writers for the next one. My continuity fiend (she lives in my head) went nuts with being told I was in Scotland when the Skyfall light in the sky said “Surrey, England” real loud. Thank you for a great and thought-provoking post. I may do one of my own, now you have made me think in this way.

    • Andrew King January 14, 2013 / 8:12 pm

      I thought this might be a slightly different take on end of the year posts that people might enjoy. I am not particularly looking forward to future Hunger Games movies, I didn’t really take issue with the plot of the books, and your take on Mockingjay is interesting as I find that to be a bizarre addition to the series that I thought had a lot missing as far as a focused plot line. We will just have to wait and see how the future films in that series pan out. And as for James Bond, it just suffered from being over hyped in my opinion, its not a bad film at all I just wanted it to be so much more.

  2. Niejan January 14, 2013 / 6:09 pm

    I think that Skyfall, especially compared to the previous Bond movies, belongs to the best of 2012. I do agree with the Hunger Games – Jennifer Lawrence was the only positive thing about that movie. I don’t know about the rest; haven’t seen them yet.

    • Andrew King January 14, 2013 / 9:14 pm

      I guess we have a difference of opinion on that, I liked the movie it just had a lot of problems in my opinion.

  3. ckckred January 14, 2013 / 6:14 pm

    I liked Moonrise Kingdom and Skyfall (both would make my top 10 for 2012) but I’m with you on The Hunger Games. Nice list.

    • Andrew King January 14, 2013 / 9:15 pm

      They are both pretty good movies I just didn’t love either one of them. And yeah Hunger Games? Didn’t get the appeal.

  4. michaelpiggott January 14, 2013 / 6:44 pm

    A lot of people didn’t ‘get’ Skyfall. I did and find it hard to fathom how people missed its appeal and refreshing take on a Bond film. Moonrise Kingdom was pretty decent and probably sits as a companion piece to Life Aquatic. Not Anderson’s best, but still very good. Hunger Games achieved what it set out to achieve – pleasing fans of the book, kids and adults alike, creating a strong female lead, and kicking off a new franchise.

    • Andrew King January 14, 2013 / 8:18 pm

      As for Skyfall, I do like a lot of what they did in the film, but I just don’t see how people can argue it is a refreshing take on the franchise when it sticks to such a conventional structure in some ways. I did like it, don’t get me wrong, I was just underwhelmed. I thought Moonrise was fine and cutesy, but inconsequential and not worth of the praise it was getting, as many have heralded it as Wes Anderson’s best movie. And as for Hunger Games I suppose that one may just fall under agree to disagree. I appreciate the comment and the fact that it was not antagonistic despite the fact that we seemed to disagree on quite a few things.

  5. keith7198 January 14, 2013 / 7:24 pm

    Your list includes two of my top 10 movies of the year! Skyfall and Moonrise.

    • Andrew King January 14, 2013 / 8:20 pm

      I can see merit in both of those movies, however they just did not “work” for me personally. Different strokes for different folks, as they say.

  6. jlo2000 January 14, 2013 / 7:59 pm

    I agree with your assessment of Skyfall – especially the ending – a potentially great film withered at that point. Didn’t think much of the bad guy and his schemes either.

    • Andrew King January 14, 2013 / 9:11 pm

      The climax of that film really just didn’t work at all for me.

  7. coolyongelew January 15, 2013 / 12:40 am

    Skyfall was great. hunger games is the worst movie i have ever seen after Ghost rider two. i never was so made at a downloaded copy of a movie as i was with that garbage so i agree with you there. the rest didn’t even remotely seem worthwhile.

  8. NeveR January 15, 2013 / 1:55 am

    Agree about Hunger Games – It didn’t know what it was – a social commentary, an action film, a romance? And it failed in the end to be any of them very well. The romance shouldn’t have been there at all if they’d been more faithful to the book, where she is basically (mostly) acting out the love story to beef up her chances of winning. I felt as if they cynically discarded the ambiguity in the relationship in order to broaden their appeal into the chick market a bit more. It would have been an immensely superior film if they’d been brave enough to not do that and above all else decide what the film was actually about.

    • Andrew King January 15, 2013 / 1:59 am

      They worked to hard to make the movie accessible to the younger demographic the books were marketed towards, regardless of the fact that a lot of the material is not suited for that group when it is translated to film.

  9. Natalie Stendall January 15, 2013 / 3:09 pm

    Like your honesty here. While Moonrise Kingdom was one of my favourite films of the year I appreciate it’s not to everyone’s tastes. I enjoyed Skyfall and Hunger Games but the level of hype these films received inevitably makes them something of a disappointment – how any film could live up to all that hype, I’m not sure.

  10. Foogos January 16, 2013 / 4:11 am

    When I saw Skyfall first on this list, I gasped. “Blasphemy!” I thought. But… I see why you said what you did. And you totally redeemed yourself because the Hunger Games is the flimsiest book-turned-movie since Twilight, and that was the runs. Finally, I adore Wes Anderson, so I desperately wanted to fall in love with Moonrise Kingdom, but after one date with that flick, I don’t think it would be worth my time to even be friends with it. In conclusion, your opinions are close enough to mine, therefore you are smart.

    • Andrew King January 16, 2013 / 5:37 pm

      Well I am glad we can have a meeting of the minds on somethings. Skyfall just didn’t really work for me as a whole, I did think it was very cool though for the most part. I knew that that and Moonrise may cause some adverse reactions, as people loved both of those. I appreciate the comment and thanks for being cordial regardless of our differing opinions.

  11. Gregoryno6 January 16, 2013 / 10:28 am

    The only film I’ve seen on your list is Skyfall, and I enjoyed it.
    Two jarring notes:
    The Aston Martin with the Connery-era weaponry. That was a tad too cute.
    Schoolboy genius Q plugging Silva’s computer straight into MI6’s mainframe. Surely they’d use a virtual machine, in anticipation of boobytraps?

    • Andrew King January 16, 2013 / 3:45 pm

      Not to mention the “hacking” in that movie was beyond ridiculous for me. As someone who has some tiny bit of knowledge about computers, I am fairly confident saying “That’s not how that works!”

  12. biblepanic January 17, 2013 / 2:01 pm

    Agree on Take this Waltz, time wasted. Shocking how bad a movie with good actors can be.

    • Andrew King January 17, 2013 / 9:49 pm

      It totally had potential, and squandered all of it. How can people like that film, it is just bad.

  13. dave w February 14, 2013 / 6:20 pm

    I have the good fortune of not following movies hype, and rarely know a movie is coming out unless i see the trailer on tv. That said Skyfall, was probably the best Bond movie ever and I had never heard of the hunger games and was loaned a dvd of it as i was judge to be insane or a hermit for not knowing all there was to know and thoroughly enjoyed it. I live in hope of the day they actually do drop the morons on reality tv shows on an island and then come back 3 months later to pick up the footage and see what happened.

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