Two weeks ago I brought you the Five Worst Movies of 2013 and in an attempt to drag out my Top 13 Movies of 2013 list (which I'm still umm'ing and ahh'ing over), I'm continuing my end of year round-up with the Five Most Disappointing Movies of this very year.
I haven't numbered this list because I'm not sure how you can decipher between different levels of disappointment. Anyway, grab yourself a cuppa and a blanket and read on to discover what highly anticipated movies really let me down this year.
What I originally said: "Elysium starts out as a serious film with a topical, rather controversial concept but with Kruger's (Sharlto Copley) introduction and subsequent descent into madness, the movie turns full-blown Hollywood on its audience."
Disappointing because of... the shallow world-building and cartoonish handling of a thought-provoking premise.
What I originally said: "The film feels fake; a fantastically produced play, rather than a film experience. The hyper-realistic 'look' of the cinematography is misplaced within a period setting. Action-wise, chase scenes and shoot-outs look smooth and they are exhilarating to watch but that's not a strong enough reason to shoot in digital, in my book."
Disappointing because of... the wasted all-star cast, in particular Gosling and Stone who have the least convincing on-screen relationship of 2013.
What I originally said: Err... nothing because I couldn't bring myself to review it. I was that disappointed.
Disappointing because of... how repetitive and rushed it feels. Lacking the charm and laugh out loud humour that enamoured audiences in Monster's Inc.
What I originally said: "The most positive thing I can say about The Purge is that its concept makes you think. Problem is, the more you think, the more plot-holes you'll dig up and the more preposterous the idea of an annual purge becomes."
Disappointing because of... the small-scale storyline that wastes the 'purge' concept and instead falls upon safe home invasion horror tropes.
What I originally said: "The script is flat and poorly written. There's not one memorable one-liner or witticism, unlike the other highly quotable installments in the 'Cornetto Trilogy'. In the end, the movie has to rely upon its ensemble cast and their on-screen chemistry to get through the sluggish run-time."
Disappointing because of... the lack of laughs, which is largely due to Simon Pegg's obnoxiously written, near-on insufferable, character.
What disappointed you in 2013? Perhaps The Wolverine didn't quite cut the mustard? Or how about Hangover III? Comment below if I missed out your most disappointing movie of the year.