Top 10 Most Disappointing Movies of 2016

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After looking at my most anticipated movies of 2017, it’s time to look back at the movies of 2016 and more specifically, the ones that didn’t deliver. These movies are not the worst movies of 2016. These are the movies that have either started with a lot of potential but have let me down by the end or movies that I had big expectations and let me down anyways. These are the movies that should have been great but ended up being big disappointments.

10. Jason Bourne

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Not as bad as others on this list, Jason Bourne was not where it should be. Definitely the worst of the franchise, Paul Greengrass did not make this franchise’s big return start well. A bad subplot, poor camera work, and predictability made Jason Bourne a disappointment for fans and a terrible start for new sequels.

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9. Independence Day: Resurgence

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Remember when Independence Day was a fun movie? Well, not anymore. My enjoyment of Independence Day: Resurgence lied within my enjoyment of the new moving seats in my local theater. Sure there are moments of pure fun, but it often tried too hard to be something serious.

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8. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

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Tim Burton and a unique YA novel sound like a great mix. From the start, Miss Peregrine was a rather good movie. However, some bizarre and tonally awkward moments keep this film from being great. That scene with the skeletons and monsters fighting in a carnival to techno music is still one of the worst scenes of 2016.

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7. The Light Between Oceans 

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The Light Between Oceans was supposed to be an Oscar contender. Imagine what happened when I got out of seeing this movie. Emotionless, soapy and overlong, Cianfrance (director of Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond The Pines) gets tangled with a rather compelling story.

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6. Allied 

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Another movie with Oscar buzz that got away from us. Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard give all around poor performances, and no suspense is giving to us in this thriller. Allied can’t decide which story to tell and ultimately leaves both stories with only the surface scratched.

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5. It’s Only The End Of The World 

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Xavier Dolan has made his first bad movie. Not only does It’s Only The End Of The World have no story, but it totally wastes Marion Cotillard, who has not had a good year with this and Allied. The cast made of Lea Seydoux and Gaspard Ulliel is completely mistreated. Oh, and let’s not forget the pretentious metaphors.

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4. Morgan 

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Anya Taylor Joy finds herself rising high with The Witch. Here though she is the only good part in this sci-fi thriller. The characters are uncompelling while the story’s central idea never fully capitalizes. What could have been the Ex Machina of 2016 is instead another forgotten mediocre sci-fi with potential.

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3. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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This is will surely be on a lot of people’s worst lists and for a good reason. Batman v Superman just couldn’t deliver to the expectations. I liked that it was trying to appeal to a mature audience and differentiate itself from Marvel. However, the cartoonish villain and the failure to captivate was what ultimately resulted in Batman v Superman to get the third spot on this list.

2. The Girl On The Train

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After Gone Girl, I had high hopes for The Girl On The Train, and I was quickly disappointed by what it ultimately became. Emily Blunt was by far the only thing good about this. The rest was flat out boring and uninspired. Instead of having an intricate mystery, we were left with a Lifetime original movie.

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1. Suicide Squad

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Harley Quinn, The Joker, and Deadshot all in one movie. It’s going to be great right? Not one bit. Apart from interesting characters (thanks to the comics), nothing in Suicide Squad is good. The horrible choppy editing and the horrific third act are just the on the surface of this terrible DCEU movie.

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What is your most disappointing movie of 2016? Tell me down below or tweet me @Plan_Zd

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‘It’s Only The End Of The World’ Review: Xavier Dolan Seriously Misfires With His Latest Drama

Canada’s bad boy Xavier Dolan waste a perfectly good cast in his new dysfunctional family drama

It is hard to deliver movie after movie, and just when you think Xavier Dolan has got it, he seriously misses the mark with his new movie, It’s Only The End Of The World. A lot is riding on his latest film. It won the Grand Prix at Cannes Festival this year, and it is Canada’s submission for the Foreign Language category at the Oscars. However, Canada has substantially wasted their submission. It’s Only The End Of The World is Dolan’s only blemish on his resume to date.

Adapted from the Jean-Luc Lagarce’s Juste La Fin Du Monde, it follows a young gay man, Louis (Gaspard Ulliel), who comes home to tell his family that he is dying from AIDS. His single mother (Nathalie Baye), his sister, Suzanne (Léa Seydoux) and his brother, Antoine (Vincent Cassel) are not the most caring family. In fact, they are quite violent and dysfunctional. It is hard for Louis to tell them this devasting news as no one in his family is a particularly good listener. The only caring person present in the house is Antoine’s wife (Marion Cotillard). She and Louis can relate on many points and may be the only person there that can ever understand him.

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One of the few scenes where the camera is not up in the actors’ faces

Ultimately, it becomes a story about a bickering family rather than a powerful story about a dying young man. The cast is amazing, and they do the best they can with what they are given which is not a lot. The whole family is given little to no layers even the main character, Louis. The most wasted actor has got to be Marion Cotillard. She is never given anything interesting to do and falls in the cliched abused wife.

Perhaps as disappointing as the cast is the monotonous cinematography. The excess use of close up adds nothing special to the movie. Dolan only gives teases of what could have been some beautiful cinematography. A scene showing the outdoor table as the family is preparing to eat is a nice change of pace. The audience gets to see a beautifully captured scenery. But, Dolan quickly goes back to putting the camera directly in each character’s faces thinking that it adds to the atmosphere.

Together it makes the movie’s pace unbearable, and the main story is backseat to all the cussing and fighting. Dolan’s addition of weak metaphors come off as pretentious instead of deep. The movie tries to be a sophisticated look at a dying person’s psychology, but instead we get 95 minutes of bickering.

It’s Only The End Of The World is a disappointing movie. Everything it tries to do fails. A talented cast is wasted just as Canada’s chance at an Oscar. However, it may not be the end of the world just yet for Dolan as he is set to release his first English movie, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. We can only hope that a change of language will help him return to his previous form.

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