2019 saw a multitude of Hollywood movies flood the theatres, and the year is not over yet. There have been numerous box office hits, like Avengers Endgame, Joker, Ford vs Ferrari, and so many more.
However, there is another end of the scale. Some movies were hyped up, only to absolutely flop, while others were doomed right from the start. So which are the top 5 worst movies of 2019?
Apparently, Hollywood had been bitten by the remake bug, and acted on that instinct. The celebrated French movie, ‘The Intouchables’ was remade with Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart as a quadriplegic billionaire and ex-convict who comes to be his caretaker. The hollow motivation behind making the film is mirrored back by the hollowness of the feature. Not even Hart’s humour or Cranston’s charm was able to save it from being a dull, unfunny and unfeeling affair.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
There were a lot of warning signs before ‘Dark Phoenix’ even hit screens that it wasn’t going to be great. There were the numerous release delays. Then there was the fact that it wasn’t meant to be the last X-Men film, before something came up to make that happen.
One of the biggest faux pas committed, was the reveal of a massive spoiler. To be fair to them, Marvel figured that the major scene revealed in the trailers could entice people in. Unfortunately the red flags were all right and the movie was conventional, boring and anticlimactic. Amid hits like Avengers: Endgame, and Captain Marvel, this was a forgettable entry into the Marvel repertoire. What makes it even more sad is that Dark Phoenix was one of the more iconic Marvel Comics storylines.
‘Dark Phoenix’ isn’t the only superhero movie to make it into the worst movies list. ‘Hellboy’ starring David Harbour and Milla Jovovich also made the cut. As with the final ‘X-Men’ outing, it’s just a rehash of the previous movies, while not so great themselves, had a certain charm. However, like Dark Phoenix, it was plagued by production problems which clearly had a major impact on the jarring, flat final film.
John Travolta has been in his fair share of great movies like Pulp Fiction, terrible ones like Face-Off, and then there’s this movie. However, 2019 saw him star in a movie which scored a big fat goose egg on Rotten Tomatoes for the third time in two years.
His misbegotten biopic Gotti and woefully inept speedboat-racing thriller Speed Kills were considered by many to be the worst films of 2018, and Trading Paint — the story of father-and-son racecar drivers pitted against each other by an unscrupulous rival — is shaping up to be a strong contender for this year’s title.
After the trainwreck of the gender-bent Ghostbusters, and to an extent, Ocean’s 8, you would have figured that Hollywood has taken a hint. Nope! Absolutely not! At first glance, a gender-flipped version of the classic ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, seemed like a premise with a lot of potential.
The Hustle also had a lot going for it: Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson in the lead roles, Veep veteran Chris Addison in the director’s chair, and a script by Jac Schaeffer). But something apparently went quite wrong between the conception and its execution, because it debuted to some of the harshest critical drubbings of the year.
According to Richard Roeper from Roger Ebert.com, “If you don’t see the long con coming in this story, either you’re not paying attention, or… No. That’s the only possible explanation. Your mind wandered to thoughts of better movies playing elsewhere, perhaps right next door to this debacle… Even with a running time of 93 minutes, The Hustle felt about an hour too long.”