Since I am not a paid film critic who has a specified schedule of reviews that I must complete, every movie that I saw this year was one that I consciously chose to see. Usually that means that I went into the films with some sort of expectations that I would not be completely wasting my time. However, unfortunately it was frequently the case that my trips to the cinema made me wish I had chosen instead to pick up a book and stay home.
Kicking of the 2010 Year in Review at Film Misery, here are the Worst Films of the Year and the Special Awards.
Worst Films of 2010
5) Valentine’s Day
Not only did this film pack in every star they could afford, but also every bad romantic comedy cliche they could fit. The sloppily thrown together plot structures were laughably bad and they almost made me despise the holiday that I otherwise hold very dear. If I would have gone to this movie on a first date, I would have assumed it was a bad omen for the relationship.
4) The Spy Next Door
Jackie Chan is adorable in The Spy Next Door and that is an adjective that I never want to associate with one of the greatest film martial artists of our time. The film is directed at children and families, but the relationships on the screen are so cold that there is little family bonding to be had.
3) The Wolfman
I actually had moderately high expectations going into this film and they weren’t even close to met. The CGI was choppy and unrealistic, the acting was bad, and the plot line would look something like a drunk person scribbling on a wall. Will somebody give Sir Anthony Hopkins a decent role, for goodness sake?
2) Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
After seeing this film I am certain that the only purpose for its existence is because screenwriters Ron Friedman and Steve Bencich were sitting atop a pile of glorious cat and dog puns that had to be shared with the world and a feature film was the perfect vessel to do so. I can’t wait for the threequel.
1) Jonah Hex
I laughed at myself when I looked back and saw that Jonah Hex was once in my top ten most anticipated films of the summer. There was hardly enough plot in this entire film to make up a movie trailer, let alone a feature film. Megan Fox proves her complete inability to show any type of real emotion and Josh Brolin was cruelly never given a chance.
Most Overrated Film of 2010
My first impression of Ben Affleck’s The Town was not incredibly negative, but the end of the year praise it has been getting and a second viewing earns it the title of most overrated film of 2010. It’s a film with one or two strong scenes that are assembled together with a lot of mediocre or bad ones. I hate that mainstream films can portray criminals as sympathetic heroes and we are therefore just supposed to ignore when they kill a number of police officers and innocent people in order to achieve their ends. To me, The Town is a huge step backwards for Ben Affleck after his superb Gone, Baby, Gone and I hope that his next film takes a different direction.
Most Underrated Film of 2010
A lot of critics and online writers were hating on Robin Hood when it was released earlier in the summer, but I thought many of the criticisms were off-base. The film was intentionally slow-paced and more cerebral than similar action movies with more interest in presenting a metaphor for the founding of modern government in Britain than in thrilling audiences. It is definitely a re-watchable film and one of Ridley Scott’s best in the past several years.
It’s a two-hour dialogue-free film that observes the interactions of four babies with the worlds around them. Essentially it is two-hours of adorable hilarity that I will probably revisit in the future whenever I’m feeling particularly sentimental.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
I knew nothing about this film before it started to get hype at Comic-Con and I did not know what to expect going into the film on opening night. It ended up being one of the most fun experiences I have had in a theatre this year and it was a smart and well-made homage to video games new and old.
Best Year for an Actor/Actress
Never Let Me Go, The Social Network, Announcement of Spider-Man
Worst Year for an Actor/Actress
Robert Downey, Jr.
Iron Man 2, Due Date
Breakthrough Performer of the Year