This was a great year for cinema but as always there are a number of really bad films that get dumped out there, some of which even make money. So what were my 5 worse films of 2015 and how many times does Adam Sandler appear, let’s find out.
5) Taken 3
Ah Taken “I refuse to put the 3 in the e” 3, how far you have fallen. Out of all the films on the list, this one is here because of the sheer disappointment of watching something that use to be amazing become bland generic nothingness. The screenplay is bland and that is me being nice, the action is lacklustre to the point of being forgettable, all the actors are phoning it in, and even what should have been a key moment for the franchise, the death of the wife (frankly I can’t be bothered to go check to remember her name) is such a silly convoluted thing it becomes more of a farce. Well Taken when you were good you were good, thankfully there will be no more of you, so you can get any worse.
The first Paul Blart was silly, but it had a little bit of charm, where that charm went I don’t know because the follow up is a narcissistic mess. Kevin James has no personality other than overprotective dad, the supporting cast is interesting for about 30 seconds before they become either boring or annoying. At his point, I really do feel sorry for Raini Rodriguez his daughter that she might only be remembered for this which is a shame as she is the only one trying to do their best here. It was a mess waste your time elsewhere.
This movie is the poster child for everything (or at least some of the big issues) is wrong with the business culture of Hollywood. The only reason this film exists is to fulfil a contract obligation and stop the movie right reverting back to Marvel. It’s not even the first time this has happened to the Fantastic Four, seriously Google it. Of course, that does not mean it will be a bad film (see X-Men: First Class) but in the case of the FF it was bad, really bad, X-Men 3 is better bad. The story is a mess, the action is a joke, the effects lacklustre, the actors (who are all really, really good) are misused to the point of being the ghost of their potential, you know things are bad when the trailer downright lies about the film (in my opinion). It was a waste of talent, both on screen and off, and frankly was a waste of time, and if you don’t believe me ask the director that basically disowned the film over twitter.
2) The Ridiculous Six
How bad is The Ridiculous Six, well it is so bad I can’t bring myself to waste my time writing a full review for it. The writing is sloppy, and calling it juvenile would be offensive to all those juvenile movies out there. The acting is mediocre at best, and offensive at the worse, I mean come on Taylor Lautner, you made your turn on Twilight look professional compared to this. This movie is full of amazing actors that it is just depressing when you see another one appear, oh no Danny Trejo, not you too. This movie wanted to be the new Blazing Saddles for the 21st century, but no amount of donkey diarrhoea jokes is going to make that happen.
Well here we are, my worst film of 2015 and probably comes as no surprise is this waste of space. So why is Pixels my worse film of 2015, it’s not the bad writing which is full of bad writing and demonstrates a lack of understanding about video games, it’s not the bad acting, although it is really bad, it’s not the fact that Dan Aykroyd only said yes to being in this film if they plugged his tacky vodka, it’s not the fact that this film makes no sense and literally any competent government would not respond in this way. No the reason this is my worse film of 2015 is that it is a film target and marketed at children that has some really messed* up notion of what women are. Firstly you have the case of Lady Lisa (Ashley Benson), throughout the film Ludlow (Josh Gad) is shown to have a messed up relationship with the fictional character, so sure enough at the end when all the video game characters invade Washington DC, Ludlow comes face to face with Lisa. First, the film chose to break with the art style for every other video game character in the movie (and literally title of the movie) because Lady Lisa is of course not rendered into pixels but instead is a real actress in skimpy attire. Given Hollywood that is hardly surprising, however, more problematically Ludlow is able to use the powers of his “love” to convince her to join their side for no discernible reason. However, the worse issue is that at the end of the film he literally ‘wins’ her, I kid you not this film considered women prize to be won, it is monumentally messed up. All the other women in this film are simply window dressing for the main cast, I mean you have Jane Krakowski in your film and you do nothing with her. As well as this, Serena Williams is, unfortunately, a running gag throughout the movie only to end up (once again) as a trophy that Eddie (Peter Dinklage) wins at the end of the movie, it’s messed up and I really hope she did get enough money to buy an island. This film is garbage and it is sad that it made as much money as it did, enough that we may even have to suffer through a sequel in the future. Please if you have any say in the matter, don’t give them any more money.
*Authors note: feel free to replace ‘messed’ with the adjective of your choice
So here we are the 5 worse films of 2015 and 3 of them are made by Adam Sandler, so the question now is, are his film just getting worse and worse, or were they always this bad and I have just grown out of them…
By Brian MacNamara: You can follow Brian on Twitter Here, when he’s not chatting about Movies and TV, he’ll be talking about International Relations, or the Solar System.
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