In a new semi-regular feature each week Phil takes a lookout a different movie related Top Five… this time out: Movie Disappointments.
Yup these are those films that you just had to see, that couldn’t loose, that were going to be special. Yet the ended up being films that left you, and many others, with a sense of hollowness. Welcome to my Movie Disappointments.
Close but no cigar: Star Wars: The Clone Wars, The Matrix Revolutions, Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Xmen 3: The Last Stand , Godfather 3, Superman Returns
5 – The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix was a true stand out film. Coming years later and under a sea of hype, The Matrix Reloaded was going to be something special. Sadly it wasn’t. In fact it was terrible. It also didn’t get any better with it’s still born sequel Revolutions. Oh and they have both aged VERY badly.
4 – Spiderman 3
Spiderman 2 was one of the best superhero films ever. Even now it still holds up strong. So take the same cast & crew, add Venom ( one of Spiderman’s greatest foes) and this should have been an easy win. Yet it wasn’t. Rami didn’t want Venom, Maguire didn’t want to be there and the screenwriter may have just not turned up. Oh and THAT dance scene. Ugh.
3 – Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
Time heals all wounds I guess and, in retrospect, The Clone Wars was a far more egregious film. The Phantom Menace more than any other film on this list just didn’t stand a chance. It has it’s defenders for sure. Just not me.
2 – Kill Bill (Pts 1 & 2)
Jackie Brown is my favourite Tarantino film. His first feature length movie post this masterpiece had everything – kung fu, a great soundtrack, a revenge story and Uma Thurman. Yet it was just so… over the top. And not in a good way. Kill Bill marked the period of unrestrained filming by Tarantino that would culminate in the over long mess that was The Hateful Eight.
1 – Prometheus
That trailer. That concept. Those visuals. An alien prequel explaining just how the ship got to LV426. A great cast. What could go wrong? Well pretty much the answer here starts and ends with the script, a script that did pretty much did EVERYTHING wrong and delivered almost none of the considerable early promise the film showed. Oh and it ended with a character failing to run sideways to save her own life. Just a dumb, pointless and ultimately highly disappointing film.