Well, the end of the first half of 2013 is upon us! Can you believe that the 2nd half is already about to start? Just yesterday it seems we were celebrating Anne Hathaway’s Oscar win. Now we are gearing up for the second half of Summer Blockbuster season, the lull of September/October and then Oscar Bait season! But what films should you give your money to and what other ones should you avoid?
If you will recall, earlier this year I posted Part 1 of this segment which I VERY much enjoyed writing and even more so enjoyed reading all of my “predictions” after the fact! What’s funny is that the first half of the year brought some surprises…along with some expected disappoints…for me.
Here’s what I had to say six months ago:
Below are not necessarily the movies I am predicting to be the WORST of 2013. They are simply the films I predict to be the greatest disappointments of the first half of the year. In other words, the ones that you want to be good for some reason…but they will leave you either sad, mad, demanding a refund, or all of those choices combined. Hit the jump to check out my fun list of what will be the Top 12 Most-Disappointing Movies of 2013 (1/month with an added “avoid” recommendation for each)! 😀
- Gangster Squad –Lower your expectations and you MAY just enjoy this one a bit more than most, but it will still disappoint…even with its big cast. (I was right! See my review HERE.)
- Also: Recommend avoiding A Haunted House
- A Good Day to Die Hard –Expect bullets, explosions, some MacGuyver/Jack Bauer stuff and cheesy one-liners, but the days of Die Hard have already died. (I was right! See my review HERE.)
- Also: Recommend avoiding Safe Haven
- The Croods -“this one that looks more like a neanderthal-ish version of Pixar’s Brave than a Princess Fiona ancestor story…Skip it.” (I was wrong! See my review HERE.)
- Olympus Has Fallen -“Gerard Butler…will disappoint. Thrilling, yet disappointing. Rent it.” (I was wrong…somewhat! See my review HERE.)
- The Great Gatsby -“Tons of hype…not saying it will be bad, just saying it will disappoint more than you want it to. It won’t come close to making back its $127 million budget.” (I was right!…except for the budget part. See my review HERE.)
- World War Z –Something about this anticipated film just screams “BOX OFFICE BUST!” This will disappoint the fans. I assure you. The Walking Dead and 28 Days Later it isn’t. (I was right…somewhat! See my review HERE.)
- Also: Recommend avoiding White House Down
—–End of Part 1—–
HA! Some of these words I have to eat back! I really loved The Croods; Olympus Has Fallen was not “turrible”; The Great Gatsby did disappoint, however it DID make more than its budget; and World War Z wasn’t the “Box Office Bust” expected apparently as the sequel has already been given the greenlight. 🙄 (We’ll find out this weekend about White House Down.) I should’ve included Iron Man 3 on the list of disappoints…
So much fun making those predictions and seeing how they ended up. How did YOUR own predictions go?
(You can see the original post and ALL that I had to say in “Anticipating the Top 12 Most-Disappointing Movies of 2013 -Part 1” HERE.) Are you ready for Part 2? Again, this is not a list of movies that will be BAD, per se…but a list of movies that will disappoint given the expectations laid. Here we go.
- The Lone Ranger -I already have low expectations for this one and still want to give it a fair shot, but those expecting it to be the next Pirates of the Caribbean may find themselves greatly disappointed. How long can Johnny Depp’s odd characters continue to be funny? And Armie Hammer didn’t impress too much in Mirror Mirror.
- Also: Recommend avoiding Turbo. It just looks ultra lame. We’ve seen the whole “engine that could” story too many times. This reincarnation offers very little that’s new.
- 2 Guns -Washington and Wahlberg in this buddy cop genre film that has the name/star power but will ultimately lack. The trailer alone tells you almost all you need to know. I’m willing to bet that you can show up 30 minutes before the end and know what has happened and what will happen. 2 Guns will be a dud.
- Also: Recommend avoiding Mortal Instruments: City of Bones -Another “twilight-killer” movie that expects to launch a franchise and take top billing amongst tweens full of angst. (Beautiful Creatures, I Am Number Four and others have failed.) A neat concept, albeit redundant, that even readers of the books may be dissatisfied with.
- Riddick -This continuation will rely heavily on some of the exact same plot points as the previous installments. With the promise of more violence with its R-rating, Riddick will coat itself with more blood to cover up a weak and shoddy screenplay with lackluster acting and predictability.
- Also: Recommend avoiding Insidious Chapter 2 -A continuation that picks up from the weak ending of the first one. Do you really care about the story at this point?
- Carrie -This remake will lack the same punch that its predecessor and the source content have. A formidable cast, but this one will not meet up to expectations of those hoping to revisit the creepiness of Bates High. (It was also pushed back several months…not the best sign.)
UPDATE: Apparently, even the filmmakers tended to agree with me as PA5’s release date was moved back a whole year to October 2014! You won’t have to avoid it until then. 🙂
- Last Vegas -This one has potential. It could be referred to as “The Hangover: 30 years later.” With the cast of Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Kevin Kline and more, we want this to be good, but it will disappoint.
- Also: Recommend avoiding Free Birds -Thanksgiving turkey on the run. A “remake” of Chicken Run…which wasn’t that great either.
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug -*GASP!!!* haha, that’s right. I expect this one to disappoint and fall short of expectations. Especially if it follows the pattern of the fluffed-and-stuffed plot of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Peter Jackson, hobbits and elves around the world shake their fists at you. 😉
- Also: Recommend avoiding Jack Ryan -I want this to be good. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, but starring Chris Pine makes me have my doubts. Pine taking on another iconic character…well, he’s no Harrison Ford.
There you have it. My last 6 of the 12 most anticipated disappointments of the year 2013. I may end up eating my words, but then again, so may you! (You see that I already did eat some from the first half!) 😛 Don’t worry. If you fail to heed my advice, I’ll be right there to console you with the words “I told you so on June 26, 2013!” (or in my review of “said” movie).
—–End of Part 2—–
Do you agree with the films I expect to be the largest disappointments of the last 6 months of 2013. AGAIN, just because it’s on this list, doesn’t equate to the movie being “bad,” just that it won’t live up to the expectations placed upon it by the media, actors, critics and movielovers. Only time will tell…and then YOU will.
Tell me, what film(s) do you expect to disappoint you the most between July and December? Leave a comment.
Thanks for reading. Happy Watching!
–T, The Focused Filmographer