2019 was one of the greatest years for film in recent memory. So many great films of different voices were released and should be celebrated. This list is not one of those celebrations. I will be releasing my favourite films of 2019 ever soon, but first, we should get the stink piles out of the way. Now, this should be said that I highly respect anyone who attempts to make a film. No one goes into the filmmaking process intending to make a bad film. And neither do I go to see a movie with the intention of hating any film. With that being said, this is just my opinion. I’m sure there are plenty of films on this list that you love and that’s okay. That’s the best part about being a film fan, it’s all subjective and that’s what leads to all the fun debates we can have. Please let me know which ones were your least favourite. Do you disagree with me? Here are my 10 least favourite films of 2019.
10. Gemini Man
Gemini Man is not a good movie. The visual experiment does not work and hurts to watch. The script is painfully hilarious in all the wrong ways and is completely forgettable. It’s a movie where I can see a lot of people saying that at least they enjoyed it, but as time will come I feel more and more people will come to realize how terribly written this movie is. Gemini Man is a big disappointment for me. Ang Lee is a brilliant visionary director, who I know can do better work than this. I think the script for Gemini Man held this movie back from hitting any kind of potential it had. If your blueprints aren’t up to standards, you can’t expect the rest of the product to be either.
9. Captain Marvel
You may find enjoyment in Captain Marvel, I know lots of people who love this movie. For me, however, Captain Marvel is a flat, dull movie with no character development for our lead. With one really strong character in Talos and a few fun moments, Captain Marvel is a big disappointment. Marvel has progressed so much and has been setting the gold standard in what a superhero film can be, and now after an incredible streak of consistent great movies, we have Marvel’s first weak film in a few years. There’s a lot of controversy around this film and a lot of it is ridiculous. I think it’s so awesome we are getting more inclusive films and with that, different stories we can tell. It’s just unfortunate that Marvel’s first female-led movie is just not all that compelling. I really wanted to love this one, I really did.
8. Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Godzilla: King of the Monsters should have been simple and to the point. No one comes to this kind of movie and expects The Godfather. Hell, no one comes to see this movie and expects to see something like Jurassic Park. All people want to see are monsters fighting and wreaking havoc. We do get that from Godzilla: King of the Monsters, but we also get an overly complicated story. I’m having a hard summarizing all that goes on in this movie. There is a machine that can communicate with the monsters, an evil ex-military group of people trying to kill the monsters or destroy the world… I don’t know which. Charles Dance is completely wasted. I have no idea why you would get an actor of his caliber and give him absolutely nothing interesting to do in this movie. King of the Monsters is an overly complicated script to get to the battles scenes. This could’ve been a much simpler story to get to the same thing we all came for. Godzilla: King of the Monsters should have been an exciting thrill ride from start to finish, but instead is another slew of dull characters and overly complicated storytelling. The battle scenes with Godzilla fighting his iconic monsters were very cool to see, but by that point, I had already checked out. Don’t bother watching this movie.
7. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
First off, this isn’t a movie for me. I’m not into this kind of a princess story. I thought it was bad enough that Disney turned Maleficent, a great classic villain, into a misunderstood heroine… Stupid. The set pieces and costumes are well done, and that’s about all I liked about this movie. The end battle ends so abruptly that the whiplash from it boggles my mind. Within seconds characters go from killing each other to holding hands at a wedding. I’m not talking movie minutes, like we jump to a scene a week later, no I’m talking about characters killing each other, throwing down their swords and celebrating at a wedding within seconds of each other. Utterly ridiculous. I didn’t care for this movie or the franchise.
6. Men in Black: International
The only thing that could have saved this movie is the comedy. The story is not there, there is nothing original to this movie, but if the comedy was good, this movie could have been at least a fun, enjoyable film. Unfortunately, the comedy falls completely flat. The jokes were not funny. The theater that I saw this movie in was silent throughout the entire movie. I didn’t hear a single laugh. Jokes would be set up in complicated ways that just go nowhere. All setup, no punchline. And if there was a punchline it would completely fall flat. Only a small handful of the jokes land and most of them come from Pawny and not our two leads. Men in Black: International is yet another forgettable movie. Everything in this movie is just okay at best. The actors are likable enough, but we have seen better charisma from them before, the jokes are just not that funny, and there is nothing new or original offered. Men in Black: International is the same old movie we’ve seen before, but worse.
5. The Lion King
We’ve seen this movie before. I don’t think I will ever feel the need to ever see this movie again. If I want to see the story of The Lion King, I’m just going to watch the original 1994 movie. This story has been done before and so much better. I’m not even that big of Lion King (1994) fan to start with. So to have something this obvious of a cash grab is downright offensive. The biggest problem with the 2019 remake is there is no life in this movie. The animals are made to look so photorealistic that they don’t emote any kind of personality. When the big emotional scenes happen, I felt no weight to them as the character design didn’t allow for any emotion to be shown through the animals. The Lion King (2019) is completely unnecessary.
My mind still hurts trying to understand the insane twist of Serenity. That was literally the only reason why I wanted to watch this movie was because I heard the twist was that wild and out there. And let me tell you, sitting through this movie to get to the twist is not worth your time. I’ll save you two hours and tell you here. Matthew McConaughey is a video game character in a video game. Not worth your time. If you know me, you know how much I love McConaughey. He just might be my favourite actor, but he is terrible in this movie. I hated him in this role and it pains me so much to admit that. Serenity was weird and not worth the crazy ride it wishes it was.
3. Happy Death Day 2U
Happy Death Day was not all that good, and I don’t remember it making a whole lot of money, so why is there a sequel? The PG-13 rating held back the concept of a Groundhog Day Esque horror film from its full potential. Now the sequel seemingly drops the horror tone for a more sci-fi genre and it’s all just a bit of a boring mess. Jessica Rothe is the only saving grace of this film. She is vibrant and electric and carries this film the best she can. I saw this movie when it first came out in February and remember being uninterested in the plot and checking my watch for when I could go home. A boring film is never good, especially when it wastes an amazing concept…twice.
2. 47 Meters Down: Uncaged
I am a sucker for a good shark, even a bad at that. As long as they are fun, I don’t care how bad they are. 47 Meters Down: Uncaged was painful to get through. I did not care one bit about a single character in this movie. The dialogue was painfully awful and the performances did not help. The concept of being stuck in an underwater cave with sharks is awesome, I don’t know how you mess that up, but 47 Meters Down: Uncaged found away. Maybe it was because the characters were so insufferable, or the movie was just downright dreadful to get through, 47 Meters Down: Uncaged was the worst movie I saw this year until a half-digested hairball of a movie rolled into theatres late in December.
I think the Boston Globe put it best, “My eyes, my eyes, oh god, my eyes.” Who thought this was a good idea? Like seriously, I have no idea how this movie could be any better than what we got. I genuinely believe this will be the best film adaptation of Cats there will ever be, and this may be one of the worst films I have ever seen, easily the worst movie I have ever seen in theatres. Everything about this movie was like a feverish nightmare that I couldn’t wake up from. I just had to sit and take it. Cats is one element away from being the scariest horror film I have ever seen. The score, lighting, atmosphere, and the performances combined where so unsettling and haunting. There is no plot to this mess, just a series of vignettes of nightmare induced musical numbers with horrifying visual effects and horny cat performances. This movie tested me, it was a test of endurance and patience. Why on earth does this movie exist? Who thought this was a good idea?