Newton’s third law of Physics states that “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction” and unfortunately that is the same for movies. While there have been some gems released this year, there has also been a fair share of flops. So without further ado, these are my ten worst films of 2018. Fair warning: some of these might surprise you.
Honorary Mention: Holmes & Watson
I can’t stand Will Ferrell, sorry but it’s true, especially when he is in a leading role. However, I have to admit that when paired with John C. Reilly, he can produce a teeny-tiny bit of comedy gold. So when I found out that they were going to take on Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, I allowed myself a little glimmer of hope that they would be able to produce something that showed these classic characters in a whole new light.
Then I saw the trailer.
And full disclosure: that is as far as I got. There was no way in hell that I was going to waste my time with this one, hence the honorary mention, and it seems that I did the right thing (read this!).
10. Ocean’s Eight
I am all for a greater appreciation of women in Hollywood, what I don’t like though, is the tendency to rehash old movies just for the sake of having a female-centric cast. But, if you do insist, at least make the new characters unique in their own right, not just a female version of what the audience has already seen before.
Don’t get me wrong, these ladies kicked ass, but with twelve Oscar nominations and four wins between them, I wouldn’t expect any less. They were let down by the fact that this installment is a carbon-copy of the original movie.
9. Beautiful Boy
Given the subject matter (substance abuse) and the fact that it is based on the personal memoirs of both father and son, I was expecting something hard-hitting, turbulent and emotional. This film was a gentle tap in the stomach rather than a heart-wrenching punch in the gut.
8. House With A Clock In Its Walls
This was director Eli Roth’s first foray into family-friendly movies and it was almost as though he could not let go of his horrifying past (Literally. He directed Cabin Fever and Hostel for Christ’s sake); as a result the film had a sort of split personality vibe going on. Ultimately, it was probably a little too scary for the younger audience and far too tame for the adults.
7. Game Night
When it comes to comedies, I don’t look for deep and meaningful storylines. If it has some semblance of a plot and it makes me laugh out loud, then I’m a happy camper. Unfortunately, Game Night took itself too seriously and tried a little too hard. The ‘comedy’ was clichéd and forced; and (without revealing too much) the thing-within-the-thing just pushed it over the edge.
The opening kissing scene is nauseating and frankly, a little terrifying. The acting is good but not great. The story is good but not great. And the twist is a little cliché.
Directed by legend Steve McQueen with a star-studded cast fronted by Academy Award winner Viola Davies, I went into this film with high expectations but left feeling disappointed and underwhelmed. I am almost certain that it will get numerous nods during the upcoming awards season but for me it was poor.
5. Equalizer 2
Not every successful stand-alone movie needs to be turned into a franchise. Admittedly, I am always intrigued to see where a second film will go, but the story needs to live up to the expectations of the original and Equalizer 2 fell drastically short.
4. All The Money In The World
I’ll admit, all I remember when I think back to this film is an overwhelming sense of boredom and very little else. In fact, the media storms surrounding this production were far more memorable than the film itself. From the re-casting of Kevin Spacey’s role just seven weeks before the scheduled release date, to the row over differences in pay between Michelle Williams’ and Mark Wahlberg’s reshoots.
3. King Of Thieves
I love Michael Caine! Throw the likes of Michael Gambon, Jim Broadbent and Ray Winstone into the mix, a sprinkle of humour and a splash of real life events and you have a recipe for a cracking movie. But the proof is in the eating, so to speak, and this tasted a little off.
To be perfectly honest, and meaning no disrespect at all, I think I was little young for this film. The jokes felt as though they were aimed at a slightly older demographic and while I could appreciate them in the context of the film, they didn’t make me laugh. Also, there is something slightly disconcerting about hearing actors you admire, the same age as your grandparents, use the ‘C’ word.
1. Unsane and Hereditary
I honestly couldn’t decide which film I hated the most so both Unsane and Hereditary share the top spot. I have never walked out in the middle of a movie, some films manage to turn it around at the end, but these two seriously tested my resolve. *side note: I did stay until the end.
Unsane was filmed solely using an Apple i-Phone which gave the film a sort of voyeuristic perspective that actually worked within the concept of the story. But that is the only positive I have. Claire Foy as the protagonist was wooden, boring and I genuinely couldn’t’ve cared less if she lived or died. The ‘twist’ was weak, predictable and revealed way too soon.
Hereditary kind of had a good story but, again, I didn’t care about any of the characters and I felt as though the whole thing was completely over-acted. What could’ve potentially been a good psychological thriller turned into a weird, twisted supernatural mess.