The Last Airbender
The Last Airbender was set to be a blockbuster hit.
Beloved show made into a movie? Check.
Wonderfully realized characters? Check.
Girl characters who kick ass? Check.
But from the white washing of the water tribe and Aang (who canonically is pronounced “ain-g” but in the movie was called the much chagrined “On-g”) to the fire nation—the bad guys—were all of East Asian descent and darker skinned. And that’s not addressing the rushed story line or TERRIBLE acting.
The movie is a real clusterfuuuh…it’s really bad y’all. I’ve never made it all the way through the movie.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
I’m a fan of letting people enjoy things. Really I am. One of the main reasons why is because I think I should be able to dislike things too. I believe people are allowed to disagree and …Goblet of Fire (GOF) is one of the fandom things I had a hard time “being allowed” to dislike.
After Alfonso Cuaron’s masterful take on Prisoner of Azkaban, it seemed like the HP movies were going to go in a beautiful cinematic direction. The first three movies are my favorites as one and two follow the books and while three doesn’t it had wonderful writing and great narrative that held the movie up. I was excited to see what would be done with my second favorite book of the series.
Alas, GOF felt not merely rushed but also suffered from some bad timeline issues. The rule of three for instance was not really there. Also there was no Winky who was a major plot device. And my biggest let down (/my final straw) was the utter lack of creativity with the maze and there was NO SPHINX!?!?
The movie did set up my feelings/hopeful desire for the BBC to remake the books into a seven season series (one season per book) one day. Hopefully starring Rupert Grint as Mr Weasley, Daniel Radcliffe as Severus Snape and Emma Watson as Hermiones mother or Professor Trelawny (because I think that would be humorous).
Reign of Fire
I will admit this is a movie I am due for a rewatch of as I last saw it in theaters in 2002.
Dragons, Christian Bale, post apocalyptic. I should’ve loved this movie at the time. But man what I remember most was disappointment. Hopefully a rewatch will let me see but either way I had hyped this up for myself then so that was a major part of the anger.
The Greatest Showman
Musicals always have a fine line for me. Believe it or not I LOVE them. I enjoyed this one. But I did think there’d be something more to it?
For instance Never Enough not being slightly more operatic or even requiring (at minimum) more range was a let down. I enjoyed the add on of Zendaya and Zac Efron (in fact, I found them and the costumes to be the movies saving grace). I just felt the movie lacked some depth.
That being said: not only did I see this in theaters but I did buy the blu-ray. Again: I don’t hate it. I just thought it was going to be better, and so much more!
X-Men 3 or X-Men The Last Stand
I love Hugh Jackman—despite two of his movies being on here lol. But I honestly haven’t enjoyed any of Fox’s X-Men movies since X2 because Alan Cumming held that movie up. That being said unbeknownst to me, X3 kicked off the “beginning of the end” in my eyes.
The lack of continuity, and the Phoenix Force were just the beginning. The franchises desire to throw everything at you all at once without any development was a feeling I felt again with the final season of Game of Thrones (yeah, that bad). There were things we knew were going to happen but the how we got there was written so poorly I couldn’t even stomach it and walked out. And even though my cousin plays Storm I’m still salty about how poorly she was then, and had continued to be written.
Heres hoping all will be better with the MCU.
How about you? What are some movies you thought you’d enjoy or, LOVE but just ended up hating or tolerating? Let me know in the comments!