Article: Top 20 Films You Should Avoid

20.Cars (2006 – 2017)

Lightning McQueen, a hotshot rookie race car driven to succeed, discovers that life is about the journey, not the finish line. Lightning McQueen get waylaid in Radiator Spring, where he finds the true meaning of friendship and family. For me personally it is hard to connect with these characters and it not like any other animation films for example Toy Stories, Up, Monster Ince and Zootropolis. I also do not find it funny or memorable enough.

19.The World’s End

Five lifelong friends reunite to complete a historic pub crawl from their youth and find that reaching the fabled World’s End tavern will be no simple undertaking while they also fight of all mankind, five friends unwittingly become humanity is only hope for survival. If you are a massive fan of cornetto trilogy with Shaun of The Dead and Hot Fuzz you will be disappointed with this effort as it is daft, stupid and silly. It got an all stars cast but they failed to deliver anything to this tale.

18.Man of Steel

An alien child is evacuated from his dying world and sent to earth to live among humans. His peace is threatened, when survivors of his home planet invade earth, then he is becoming Superman. This is crash, bang and wallop throughout the film without any characters development, do not get me wrong but I personally prefer Superman Returns as it got a lot more to it and a sinister enemy. In this one there is no sinister enemy whatsoever and I really wanted to like it, but it failed to deliver anything for me personally.

17.Nocturnal Animals

A wealthy art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband’s novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a symbolic revenge tale. It is a film with a story inside a story, Once I first watched this film, I thought it was nonsense with thinly premise and I still think that now despite it got an all stars cast.

16.The Kid Who Would Be King

A band of kids embark on a quest to thwart a medieval menace. A kid name Alex think he just another nobody, until he stumbles upon the mythical sword in the stone Excalibur. At first, I thought this is going to be an amazing film but it ended up in a jumble mess, it is stupid, daft and silly but I really wanted to like it and it not really ticked all the boxes for me personally.

15.Justice League films (2016 – 2017)

A group of superheroes fighting to save the world from evil and bring justice to the world to bring the criminal to justice. I am normally a superheroes fan but both films haven’t even got any characters development and there are too many of them, there is not much of a story it just crash, bang wallop and that it. I partly wished they just take time with it but it too much of a rush for me personally.

14.Passengers

A spacecraft travelling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early. I’m normally a space film fan and I like the main two lead in this film but it just meandering and not focused enough or hold my attention, this is just disappointed, and I got higher hope for this film but it fell flat.

13. America Made

The story of Barry Seal, an American pilot who become a drug runner for the CIA in the 1980s and he became associates with Pablo Escobar, and he is becoming a drug trafficker, gun smuggler and money launderer. Tom Cruise is normally good and star in reasonable films but this one is trying to be funny and serious all the time and it cannot decide to be a satire, or a drama and it became muddled.

12.Mortal Engines

Based on a bestselling book by Philip Reeves, in a post – apocalyptic world where cities ride on wheels and consume each other to survive, two people meet in London and try to stop a conspiracy. I did read the book version of his film and I’m a fantasy film fan but I was left disappointed and it’s a mishmash of the Stars Wars film mixed in with a science fiction aspect, you can’t warmth with these characters and it not compelling or a thrill ride.

11.Hotel Mumbai

A gripping true story of humanity and heroism, The true story of the Taj Hotel terrorist attack in Mumbai. Hotel staff risk their lives to keep everyone safe as people make unthinkable sacrifices to protect themselves and their families. I’m normally a massive fan of true story in a film, but this one is just another shoot up style of film that characters you can’t care for and there are only two people that are actually good in this film and its Dev Patel and Armie Hammer but the rest are not so good.

10.The House With A Clock In Its Walls

A young orphan named Lewis Barnavelt who losing his parents in an accident. Aids his magical uncle in location a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world. I do love a good fantasy film and I’m a massive Jack Black fan as well, so I thought I going to love this film but it turn out it far too dark and some freaky moment and I personally won’t pick Eli Roth as he is a horror director as you can tell, it not enchanted enough for my liking.

9.Mary Poppins Returns

In depression era London, a few decades after her original visit Mary Poppins the magical nanny, return to help the Banks siblings and Michael’s children through a difficult time in their lives. After this film I automatically forget it as it not memorable enough and it stay to safe and it like a carbon copy of the original film, it not like La La Land, Sunshine on Leith or The Greatest Showman as they are truly epic and all of their songs are memorable. Whereas with Mary Poppins Return is a major disappointing for me personally.

8.Eighth Grade

An teenage girl tries to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth grade year before leaving to start high school. I am a massive fan of coming of age films but this one is just unfocused from the start and you struggling to connect with these characters, despite of this well tale story that being told. There is a similar film called Easy A which I love that film and you can connect with that, whereas with this one you cannot really connect to as much.

7.Leave No Trace

A father and his thirteen-year-old daughter are living an ideal existence in a vast urban park in Portland, Oregon, when a small mistake derails their lives forever, when their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. On paper this could be powerful and a tearjerker, but it was not any of that and I do not connect with this film whatsoever, I was not hardly in tears because all these characters are hard to like.

6.Slaughterhouse Rules

A British boarding school becomes a bloody battleground when a mysterious sinkhole appears at a nearby fracking site unleashing unspeakable horror. I was so disappoint with his film as it got Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Asa Butterfield of Hugo which I personally love, this film try to balance comedy with horror but it becoming awkward during halfway through the film and being unfocused and ended up in a mess.

5.King of Thieves

This film is based on a true story about a crew of retired crooks who pull off a major heist in London’s jewellery district. What starts off as their last criminal hurrah, quickly turns into a brutal nightmare due to greed. This film got an all stars cast and I thought it going to be funny and entertaining as well, but it wasn’t any of that and becoming unfocused and generally unfunny even Michael Caine get lost in this film and this film is a major let down.

4.Aladdin (2019)

A young kindly street thief named Aladdin with his pet monkey, whose Aladdin fallen in love at first sight with a princess whose named Jasmine. So he try to impress her with a magical lamp but with a genie inside, a magic carpet and the villainous Jafar is after him. I was really disappointed with this version as for me personally I prefer the aminated one as it is funny and generally heart-warming but this effort it has not got any of that as it is more gritty version and I don’t minded Guy Ritchie and I don’t associates him with a Disney film at all.

3.Mickey and The Bear

A young girl have to face with the responsibility to take care of her addict and veteran father. Headstrong teen Mickey Peck keeps her household afloat. When she has the opportunity to leave for good, she must choose between familial obligation and personal fulfilment. On paper this could be powerful and emotional, but it wasn’t any of that and I was generally disappointed with this film, I can’t connect with these characters and they are hard to like as well, and this film is a major let down.

2.Tolkien

This film is about an orphaned author J.R.R Tolkien as he find friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school. for me personally this is not much of a biopic as the director only skim over his job role in the final third of the film, its not like Theory of Everything, Public Enemy or The Danish Girl as those films are lot more insightful in these laconic role but this one is just meandering and charmless.

1.Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Set in Los Angeles, 1969. A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles. This film got an all stars cast and it potential to be an amazing film, but it was not amazing whatsoever it got too many characters and no one to focus on as they just spread about with hard to like characters. I am normally a massive fan of Margot Robbie but she get lost in this film and rather wasted.

One thought on “Article: Top 20 Films You Should Avoid

  1. Nice one Mark. I like the idea that you are warning about films to avoid, as well as recommending good films to people. I had Hotel Mumbai on a list to watch, but I will cross it off now based on what you have said.
    As you know, I saw Nocturnal Animals with you and we were both looking forward to seeing it, which made the disappointment of how bad it was even more felt.
    By the way, I am currently reading The True History of the Kelly Gang. I have to say it’s not an easy read, but it does have lots more detail than what we saw in the film.

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