10 Most Disappointing Movies of 2014
Every year, the Hollywood hype machine builds excitement and expectation for upcoming movies through multi-million dollar marketing campaigns. Movie trailers make so many promises, it’s no wonder that the finished product doesn’t always live up to the hype. What’s interesting about movies that fail to live up to their promise is that they can run the gamut in terms of quality. Some of the most disappointing movies of 2014 were good films in their own right; they just didn’t live up to their potential. Other films, meanwhile, turned out to be just plain bad, to the point where it’s a wonder how anyone thought the finished product might be good to begin with. Whatever their level of quality, the following 10 movies are 2014’s biggest disappointments.
10. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
This movie came out so early in the year that it’s easy to forget about it. Unfortunately, “forgettable” is a term that applies very well to Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, which is a shame because it has all the ingredients of a really good spy film. Essentially a reboot for the famous Tom Clancy-created character Jack Ryan, who has been played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck, Shadow Recruit explores the early days of the CIA analyst, played here by Star Trek star Chris Pine. Pine is fine (sorry) in the role and he’s ably supported by Kevin Costner in a mentor role and an always welcome Keira Knightley as his love interest. Unfortunately, despite a solid cast and a 9/11-inspired reboot for the character, Shadow Recruit just doesn’t do enough to differentiate itself from other, better films in the spy genre, such as the Bourne movies.
9. A Million Ways to Die in the West
Seth MacFarlane is a very divisive comedic personality, to say the least, but his feature film debut Ted was well-received by critics and audiences alike, suggesting that the multi-talented funny-man could find a good balance between his trademark frat boy humor and a more mass-appealing brand of comedy. Unfortunately, his latest acting/directing vehicle, the western spoof A Million Ways to Die in the West, is a dud of a film, displaying neither the comedic or dramatic chops of the vastly superior Ted. The movie’s plot is aimless and MacFarlane essentially just throws a bunch of jokes up on the screen to see what sticks. A Million Ways to Die in the West is uneven all the way through and fails to even remotely approach the quality of MacFarlane’s last film. Hopefully, the release of Ted 2 next year will put the Family Guy creator back on the right track.