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Which Movie Was the Most Disappointing of 2016?

January 2, 2017 | Posted by Steve Gustafson

A new year brings plenty of lists and columns looking back at the previous year and allows readers to debate the merits of said list. These “Best/Worst Of…” lists are subjective and one person’s favorite can easily be another person’s trash. Plus, the huge amount of movies out there make every list incomplete because who really has the time to watch all the possibile good and bad Hollywood and independents has to offer?

DC’s Suicide Squad is a prime example. I’ve heard if called both the best and the worst comic book movie ever, with decent points made by each side of the argument. Ditto with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice but better points have been made at it’s obvious flaws than it’s good quality.

Who’s right? Who’s wrong? And does it matter?

Instead of focusing on which movie was the best or the worst, let’s talk about the ones who let us down? The ones that had great trailers but failed to follow up on the big screen. Yes, many of these movies will end up on the “Worst Of” lists but the big difference being, at some point, we had hopes they’d be worth a watch.

Take Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. The bar was set pretty low for that one and it still managed to turn away audiences. Most expected it to be goofy fun but it still managed to fail that.

The easiest targets look to be sequels and/or remakes and/or relaunches. Last year, theatergoers stayed away from movies like Independence Day: Resurgence and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. While the trailers looked interesting, each stumbled out-the-gate, and had horrible box office numbers. Take a look at Alice Through the Looking Glass. Messy and flat, it was also a wake up call for Johnny Depp’s career. While involved in a messy divorce, Depp might be realizing audiences are tiring of his “wacky characters” he portrays. I won’t even get into Zoolander 2. That didn’t disappoint because I expected it to be awful from the start. I put Gods of Egypt in that category as well.

Another star who is usually dependable but came up short in 2016 is Brad Pitt and his movie Allied. With Robert Zemeckis directing, I was looking forward to this WWII spy thriller but zero chemistry between Pitt and Marion Cotillard brought it crashing down. Another chemistry failure was Passengers between Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. Not even two of Hollywood’s most likable people could force audiences into believing they were into each other.

Video game fans were anticipating Warcraft but Duncan Jones’ “epic that wasn’t” was saved from being a total disaster thanks to it’s box office run over in China.

Will Smith can be hit or miss with the projects he does but his Collateral Beauty is my choice for most disappointing movie of 2016. The cast also included Kate Winslet, Edward Norton, Keira Knightley and Helen Mirren so I thought I would be in for an underrated treat but the movie failed on so many levels.

Like most people, I don’t purposely go to the movies to watch a bad film, which makes ones that don’t live up to expectations even worse. What movies disappointed you the most in 2016?