The year 2014 was one of those years wherein plenty of A-list actors ventured into films that were veritable bombs. There were a few that we expected (“Transformers: Age of Extinction,” we’re looking at you), and some that caught us by surprise.
Since we’re 20 days away from the end of the year, this might be the best time to take a good, long look back at the worst of what 2014 cinema had to offer.
“Transformers: Age of Extinction”
This can’t be a surprise to any of you. Not only did Michael Bay decided to keep on crushing any leftover childhood memories of how the “Transformers” franchise was a good thing, he also had to bring the Dinobots into the mix. It’s hard to believe that Paramount actually considers this film to be a contender for this year’s Best Picture. But, hey, if they believed in Michael Bay, I guess.
Aaron Eckhart was great in “Thank You for Smoking” and phenomenal as Harvey Dent /Two-Face in “The Dark Knight.” This makes one wonder just what he was smoking when he signed up for “I, Frankenstein.” This film has been included in at least two worst of 2014 lists as of today, and plenty of the commentary mocks it for objectifying the undead, terrible make-up and general all-around bad taste. How the might have fallen.
Some people will defend this Seth Rogen and Zac Efron starrer as a low-key, comedic masterpiece worthy of being called a successor to frat-pack era films. But “21 Jump Street” did the same thing, with one of the same actors, and did it better. “Neighbors” was great for a couple of laughs, but when you stepped out of the theater, the one thing you can probably remember was that last GAP-off scene between Rogen and Efron. Because who could forget Rogen’s undulating gut?
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”
You’d think that Andrew Garfield had it all when Sony started marketing the second instalment in their “Spider-Man” reboot. But Jamie Foxx, an outstanding character actor in many ways even in this film, seemed awfully miscast as the Electro character, especially if you knew him better as the badass that was Django. So while “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” was in no way a commercial flop, it was terrible as far as superhero movies went and was probably a sign that Sony should sell the “Spider-Man” franchise back to Marvel Entertainment.
“A Million Ways to Die in the West”
Here, we have Seth MacFarlane in another one of his attempts to bring his brand of comedy to the big screen. Now, while the jury is still out on whether MacFarlane is a comedic genius or a madman milking the now-emaciated comedy cow for everything that she’s worth, we could agree that he is, at the very least, slightly funny. So you’d think that this movie would work. But it didn’t, and no amount of star power (Neil Patrick Harris, Liam Neeson, Charlize Theron, even a cameo from Django Freeman and Doc Emmet Brown) could save it from that sad little fact.
This Johnny Depp starrer is in almost every worst of 2014 list known to man. The film was so badly received by critics, that the Guardian even went so far as to call it “2014’s most unexpected turkey.” This is sad, since the film stars A-listers Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman, and Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer, Wally Pfister, at the helm. Again, how the mighty have truly fallen.
There you have it for the five worst films of 2014. Follow Movie News Guide (MNG) for movie updates.
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