Welcome to the top five best and worst movies (that I saw) from 2016. Why wasn’t there one for 2015? Shut up. That’s why…
5. Batman: The Killing Joke –
I have a review written up from months ago I’ll post eventually. The reason I held off is stupid, but you’ll see when you see it.
The first half hour’s pretty bad. Not the worst thing ever, but judging the film as a whole, this weighs it down quite a bit. The intention for why it exists was good. Giving Barbara some context so that her getting shot has more meaning wasn’t a bad idea. The execution was just horrible. It’s also clearly not one of their better projects art and animation-wise with some choppy bits and off models shots. The R rating was nothing more than bait. There is far more “offensive and inappropriate” content in previous animated DC movies. The actual 40 minutes of The Killing Joke is a fine adaptation. I didn’t care for the comic much, but if you wanted an adaptation of it, that’s exactly what they give you. However, I don’t feel it’s enhanced much as an animated project. Really, hearing Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill say what many consider classic lines is the main highlight. I’m glad I didn’t pay to see it in the theater, but they got my money on the physical release… Just go watch Under the Red Hood again or for the first time.
4. X-Men: Apocalypse –
How did we go from Days of Future Past to this? Another tedious superhero movie… So many pointless scenes, wasted characters, and a forced Wolverine cameo. The bad guy was all over the movie. He had plenty of time, but he’s as bland as any Marvel villain with half or less screentime. It is a shame that we went to this time period after the universe was reset. Was the endgame of this movie simply for Charles to go bald? Was that why I needed to see this movie? Obviously, the only good thing in this was Quicksilver and maybe a few of the Magneto scenes. Otherwise, certain scenes are clearly not for kids and overall this isn’t for me. Do watch or find a compilation of Quicksilver’s scenes though. They’re the only reason this isn’t higher on the list.
3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows –
With how much it promised in the way of things from the original cartoon, what Turtles fan wasn’t tempted? Luckily, I wasn’t fooled into wasting monies to see it on the big screen. There were so many structure problems, misuse of characters, and it was simply a bad movie. It’s not even about lining up with the source material. Batman sometimes kills. Fine. Casey Jones is not a clean and righteous officer of the law who’s trying to make detective. Splinter shows up for mere seconds. Shredder could’ve and should’ve been cut completely. Krang was barely in the movie. The Technodrome never fully forms. Bebop and Rocksteady were more annoying than the cartoon and their new origin was ridiculous. You couldn’t just expose them to a warthog and rhino Shredder was running tests on? At least I had low expectations and it was short. The only highlight was a new cover of the original Ninja Turtles theme song for the credits. I liked that a lot and it’s nice to finally hear a properly updated version of a classic theme song in one of these live action movies.
2. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Theatrical Cut) –
Yikes, this was pretty bad… It’s easy to tell that Zack Snyder or whoever’s at the top of these projects needs to reboot themselves into a new mindset. I did not have a good time. Far too tedious and full of idiocy. They need to realize dark doesn’t work for everything nor is it what people are looking for. The Justice League and Wonder Woman trailers have more fun to them, but they need to realize that lack of fun isn’t why people don’t like these movies either. Both dark and fun can be done well and “done well” is all we’re looking for. This suffers from too many logic problems, being way too long, stuffed with too many characters and subplots, and just spitting on the franchise(s) in general. The best things in it are Ben Affleck’s take on Bruce Wayne and Jeremy Irons as Alfred. No one else really gets to shine here, but those two portrayals might be the beacon of light this universe needs to get them on the right track.
1. Digimon Adventure tri. 2: Ketsui (Determination) –
I don’t know if I’ve ever been this angry at a movie. I still think the first one was pretty bad, but this was a whole new kind of bad. This felt like it was custom-made to for me to tear apart. I can’t begin to imagine the conversations that got this thing approved the way it was. Who okayed twenty minutes of the runtime to the completely skippable bathhouse shenanigans with no relevant dialogue or advancing of the plot when the very last thing to happen was Alphamon destroying a theme park? Who okayed following the bathhouse shenanigans with school festival preparations? Who okayed the complete waste of Leomon and Ogremon? Then there’s a bunch of dumb logic problems. The biggest might be Joe’s unwillingness to help because it’s never brought up that he can easily stay home if the equally qualified 02 kids do his job. Nobody at this time knew they were missing. Even beyond that, the complete lack of the 02 kids for three films has no excuse and is just crappy writing. The Megas were poorly utilized and underwhelming. That’s not okay because the Megas are selling points. The core of the issue is the mistaken priorities and the existence of the bathhouse and school festival stuff. If we spent that 30-40 minutes advancing the plot or figuring things out and stretching the final fight so we can get more time with the Ulitmates before we see the Megas… I mean, who’d disagree with these changes? Someone tell me why Togemon is fighting Imperialdramon.
I’ll stop here because I’ve gone on and on about this. My initial review is my second most viewed post so I don’t think I’m alone. It’s sad to see the heroes of Digimon Adventure reduced to this. You can argue that maybe the other movies on this list are worse, but I was simply more angry at this one. If this were ever to place first on any kind of list, it rightfully deserves to be the worst movie I saw in 2016.
Now that we got through the worst, come back tomorrow as I start the new year off by talking about the five best movies I saw last year.