This year – perhaps even more than any other year in history – has contained its fair share of cinematic disappointments, likely because we’re all getting way too enthralled with the power of franchises.
1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Dir. Peter Jackson)
I know, I know: how could The Hobbit – a relatively simple 300-page novel aimed at children – match the power of The Lord of the Rings trilogy? We’d be mad to expect the same magic twice over, wouldn’t we? It didn’t stop us from holding out hope, anyway.
2. The Dark Knight Rises (Dir. Christopher Nolan)
The Dark Knight Rises is a genuine oddity. On one hand, it encompasses all that makes Christopher Nolan so appealing as a filmmaker: his keen grasp of cinematic scope, clean-cut directorial style, and accomplished technical precision.
3. Taken 2 (Dir. Olivier Megaton)
I’m convinced that somewhere amidst the unedited footage for Taken 2, there’s a good film lurking. One with, at least, the spirit of the original in tact – and that means lots and lots of violence. Granted, the original Taken wasn’t a great film, per say.
4. Prometheus (Dir. Ridley Scott)
Alas, it wasn’t meant to be: Prometheus‘ visual splendor couldn’t excuse its bland, underwritten screenplay, one that asked too many questions, gave no answers, and made room for a number of seemingly easy-to-fix plot holes that served only to pull audiences out of the experience
5. Brave (Dir. Mark Andrews/Brenda Chapman)
From teasers alone, Brave appeared to be taking a brave new step for Pixar. Was this movie moving into even darker territory for the acclaimed studio.