Most Disappointing Films of 2018 (Rhys's List)
Well guys, it’s the end of the year, and while I’m making my top 10 films list, let me first get the disappointments out of the way. Remember, this isn’t a “worst film” of the year category (although a couple of these would qualify for that list), it’s simply “most disappointing” in regards to my expectations.
First off, here are some films that (lucky for them) didn’t quite make the cut:
The Incredibles 2
Ant-man and the Wasp
Isle of Dogs
Aesthetically, Mute is competent, but just about every other aspect of this film seemed like it was dead-set on stifling my enjoyment. In addition to this, I couldn't glean any meaningful message by the end of this film; it's dark and depraved and seems soulless. While there are far worse films out there, I don't recommend Mute to anyone, not even the most die-hard of sci-fi fans.
4. A Wrinkle in Time
A Wrinkle In Time is another miscalculated live-action Disney product that finds itself nestled right up against the likes of Oz the Great and Powerful and Alice in Wonderland. Yes, there's a near-successful attempt at an emotional climax, but that and Storm Reid's competent performance are not enough to save this movie from its abundance of baffling characters, sub-par special effects and lack of imagination.
3. Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom
Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom is a colossal disappointment. There's fun to be had if you completely shut your brain off and null-and-void every Jurassic Park movie that came before it, but this really is basically a Transformers film, except with Dinosaurs instead of robots.
2. The Predator
Shane Black’s The Predator is enjoyable to a degree, but I never felt like I was watching something new and original, which would have been excusable had it had at least told a coherent story, but it doesn’t. Still, I can’t hate this film. If all you want is bloody predator action, you’re going to get it here, and let’s face it, there are far worse directors whose laps this project could have landed in. It might not be the best in the series, but The Predator is…okay?
1. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is a monumentally disappointing sequel and could be the death knell for this fledgling Potter spin-off series. There are aspects of the film that work, such as the additions of Dumbledore and Grindelwald, and excellent production values, but none of that is enough to salvage an entirely broken script that fails to connect on any emotional level.