by AJ Stockmaster
2015 was a great year for Hollywood and movies alike. Many great movies such as Mad Max: Fury Road and Ex Machina were released, as well as Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, the December blockbuster. But with every good movie, three or four terrible movies follow close behind.
Now I’m not talking about just a mediocre movie or just a boring movie; I mean movies so horrendously bad it can be hard to get through in one sitting or a movie that’s structure is just broken or even non-existent. Most movies of this level rarely make it into theaters before getting abandoned or trashed. However, sometimes movies like this just seem to reach theaters one way or another. Below are three of my favorite, well least favorite, movies of 2015.
#3 – The film that had great source material but no motivation or drive to be good.
Jem and the Holograms is a live-action adaptation of the 80’s cartoon Jem, made by director Jon M. Chu who also directed the movies Step Up 3d, Step Up 2: The Streets, as well as Justin Bieber’s Believe and G.I. Joe: Retaliation. The story follows Jerrica, an average teenage girl, who got famous from one of her YouTube videos and nothing more. Speaking of YouTube videos, the movie is littered with them. The film would randomly cut to clips of other aspiring, young musicians found on YouTube with no credit given. The movie is also full of preexisting videos praising Jem, some not even relating to the movie that were found on the internet and plastered into the film. To make it better, they use Google Earth to zoom in and out to transition to different locations. It doesn’t cover up the copyrights in the bottom right of the screen or the blatant Google Earth logo in the bottom left. The movie doesn’t follow the source material or even relate to it in any fashion asides from the character’s names. Even the part that makes the characters who they are is completely removed from the movie and makes the movie just the generic “rags to riches, but we’re doing it for the music” story with nothing more added to it. With a score of 19% on Rotten Tomatoes, this movie is surely one to avoid watching. The upside to this movie is it falls into the category of “it’s so bad it’s good,” almost on par with M. Night Shyamalan’s Lady in the Water.
#2- The film that’s only marketing scheme is nostalgic video game characters and Adam Sandler (which is never a good combination.)
Pixels is a film that was based on the short film of the same name. The film was created by director Chris Columbus and partly by Adam Sandler. The story is about aliens who take feed of classic arcade games as a declaration of war and only four people can stop them, being played by Kevin James, Adam Sandler, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage. One issue with the movie is their choice in casting. Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad didn’t seem to fit in with Sandler and James’ characters either, though it could’ve just been because of the writing. Another issue in the movie is pandering less to people who enjoy good stories and engaging characters, and more to nostalgia of people who grew up playing classic games in arcades such as Donkey Kong and even Qbert, whom actually had a major role in the film. The film’s lackluster writing and awful plot feels like another terrible Sandler film and nothing else. This film has a score of 17% from Rotten Tomatoes. If you’re looking for an Adam Sandler film with true character or even just a movie for nostalgic feelings, 50 First Dates and Wreck-it Ralph did both of these perfectly and coherently.
#1 – The reboot of a reboot that wasn’t even good to begin with.
Fantastic Four is by far, one of the most widely hated movies of 2015. The film is a reimagined film of the original Fantastic Four films which is an adaptation of the Fantastic Four comic book series. The film was directed by Josh Trank, who was the director of the 2012 movie Chronicle. This film is about four individuals that get transported to an alternate dimension which alters their physical form. Predictably, they soon learn to use the abilities to defend Earth. The movie is depressing to look at with the lack of bright color and humor originally present in the comics. The movie has a gritty, harsh feel and a major dependence on the use of their CGI to attempt to save the movie from the lack of a coherent plot and decent dialogue. The film starts out decent enough but soon the plot line begins to make less and less sense as the film goes on to the point of it being completely silly at moments. Yet, somehow, the characters and plot are still utterly simple and dull. Everything “fantastic” about the Fantastic Four was drained and replaced with terrible dialogue choice and abysmal plot; it’ll be shocking to see another movie based on this material in the next century. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 9% because this film had no charm, abysmal graphics, terrible characters and an even worse storyline. I wouldn’t recommend this film to anyone.
2015 had so many spectacular films that some people have gone as far as to call 2015 the “year of movies.” Some movies like The Martian, Inside Out, Bridge of Spies and The Man from U.N.C.L.E, will be fondly remembered for how good they are and will still be shown for many years to come. Others like Fantastic Four, Pixels, Jem and the Holograms and even others such as Unfriended and Mortdecai will also be remembered…but for all the wrong reasons. Whether it being stupid plot, trash dialogue or even lackluster characters, these movies will always be known as some of the worst movies of 2015 and will be remembered… for three or two years before being thrown into the pile of forgotten Hollywood trash.