In many ways, 2014 has been a really good year for film, which is really saying something considering most of the year’s prestige pictures (that is, films that will likely be Oscar contenders) are not due until the Fall. Blockbusters like Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier shattered expectations, and smaller pictures like Snowpiercer and Richard Linklater’s passion project Boyhood have proven that great filmmaking is alive and well in 2014. Unfortunately, one must always take the good with the bad and this year has had its share of flops and duds as well. Whether they failed to live up to the hype or turned out to be just plain bad, the following 10 films represent the worst that 2014 has had to offer, so far (there are still a few months left to give us even more bad movies).
10. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
The latest entry in the popular, but dwindling in popularity and audience patience Spider-Man series, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is not a terrible film, but it is absolutely disappointing. There really is no excuse for how mediocre this film turned out to be, especially given the high quality standards set by other comic book films this year like Captain America: The Winter Soldier and X-Men: Days of Future Past. There are many issues with this film, from its poorly developed roster of villains to its uninteresting subplot involving Peter Parker’s father. However, the biggest problem with this film is that the filmmakers don’t seem to understand the character of Spider-Man, giving him an infuriating “special destiny” storyline over the traditional origin where Peter is just a random kid who gets superpowers, and the movie suffers as a result of this lazy storytelling device.