Better late than never.
Another year has come and gone. It’s time to share my picks for the best and worst movies of 2014. This past year was a strong year for movies. It had its fair share of surprises and disappointments. However, I haven’t seen a lot of bad movies, so movies like Transformers: Age of Extinction and Into the Storm won’t be on this list. But there were only five of them that I wasted two hours from my life. Let’s get started at the bottom of the barrel.
But first, some dishonorable mentions:
5. Dumb and Dumber To – I’m glad Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels came back playing the two dimwitted friends going on another misadventure. The previews made it look like it would be good for a few laughs. The first twenty minutes or so were really funny, but it started to go downhill from there with too much toilet humor and not much heart. Some of the things that Harry and Lloyd do are quite mean. For instance, pushing strangers into a bush. This is much better than the Farrelly brothers’ atrocity known as Movie 43.
4. Hercules (the version starring Dwayne Johnson and directed by Brett Ratner) – It’s not as bad as I thought it would be. There is some fun in this movie. The action is not bad. Dwayne Johnson does put a lot of muscle into the title role. Brett Ratner does a lousy job giving lame one-liners, horrible effects, and ridiculously forced flashbacks involving the murder of Hercules’ wife and children. For those who have sacrificed their time with The Legend of Hercules, I think you’re better off watching this version, despite the fact that it’s not very good.
3. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – Remember this movie from January of last year? It was originally going to come out on Christmas of 2013, but it got pushed back a few weeks so it wouldn’t interfere with the release of Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. I like Chris Pine. I like Kenneth Branagh. But this is a waste opportunity of being an origin story of Jack Ryan. Riddled with plot holes, shaky action sequences, and Pine playing a clumsy hero, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is forgettable.
2. Annabelle – For someone who thought The Conjuring was the best horror film in recent memory, I was looking forward to seeing how one creepy doll terrorized a happy family. When James Wan introduced Annabelle in that movie, I knew I was in for a scary good time at the theater. I thought if there would be a movie featuring this creepy ventriloquist doll. When you hire the director of Mortal Kombat: Annihilation putting his hands on this project, do you think this will be any good?
Even though there are some eerie moments in the film, it focused on way too many jump scares. Almost to the point where it becomes silly. This is the biggest disappointment of 2014, but it’s not worse than #1.
1. A Million Ways to Die in the West – If there is a scene involving one of the characters taking a dump in someone’s hat before a gunfight, you know this Western satire won’t turn out to be any good. From Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, American Dad, Ted), A Million Ways to Die in the West is an unpleasant cinematic experience on every level. With an all-star cast featuring Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Neil Patrick Harris, Giovanni Ribisi, and Liam Neeson, it feels like the movie is written by a teenager trapped in a man’s body. Everyone in this movie is vulgar and stupid, the jokes aren’t funny, the violence is surprisingly graphic (i.e. a man getting crushed by a big block of ice – YUCK!), and the heart is nowhere in site. I rather watch Blazing Saddles than this pile of garbage.
I hope you like my picks. Feel free to leave any comments on what are some of the worst movies you’ve seen in 2014. Stay tuned for my list of the ten best films of 2014. Take care.