2018 has been one hell of a year. Brexit, Trump, climate change – the list goes on. There are a lot of terrible things going on out there right now that have left us needing an escape.
That’s where cinema steps in.
No matter what your taste, there’ll always be a movie to help you escape the harsh realities of the real world for a couple of hours. And throughout this year, there have some films that have done this better than the others – some truly fantastic pieces of cinema.
But this list isn’t about the best.
This list is about the films so bad, you wanted nothing more than to flee your local movie theatre and jump straight back into the real world.
These are the top three worst movies of the year.
3. Assassination Nation
Going in, I was very curious. I thought Sam Levinson’s flick looked great, but I’d heard mixed reviews.
Five minutes in, I was actually quite enjoying it (so did fellow contributor, Michael for the most part). It was funny, stylish and set up a lot of potential. Sadly, those first five minutes were the best of the whole film. Because after 10 minutes, I understood it was a film directed by a 30-year-old man trying to depict something he doesn’t understand: teenage girls.
Following an entire town that loses its mind after multiple residents have their private information hacked and leaked, a group of teenage girls find their lives in danger. It’s one of the most over-the-top films I’ve ever seen. Not in its gore, action or sex, but just plot alone.
One of the lead characters, Bex (played by Hari Nef) is transgender and hooks up with one of the star players of the school football team. This obviously leads to the only possible conclusion that it can… the extremely transphobic football team beat the hell out of their teammate and try to murder Bex.
The ironic thing about this is the team are literally trying to murder her because she’s trans, but continue to use the pronoun, “she.” They may be psychotic murderers, but at least their mothers taught them manners.
The ending to Assassination Nation shows the hacker being interrogated by the police and asked why he did it. His legit reasoning is “I dunno… for the lols.” which is not only an outdated reference, but also the dumbest possible reason for your entire movie to be based around.
In short, it’s a hot mess. If you think film couldn’t have stooped lower than this in 2018, you’d be wrong. Which brings us to…
While the modern superhero movie seems to consist of Hollywood churning out the same cookie cutter nonsense (with the occasional few brilliant films making appearances along the way), Aquaman was neither. Aquaman was straight up Hollywood garbage. I even wrote a separate scathing review about it.
There’s being lazy and firing out the same movie over and over again just to make money and then there’s this. If anyone were to come out of Aquaman a fan, they’re probably the same people who would pay extra money to see it in 4DX – bringing their swimming costumes with them.
Featuring some of the worst CGI of the year and practical effects so cheesy they look straight out of a series of Power Rangers, Aquaman comes off as laughable from the visuals alone. This isn’t helped by the terrible cinematography which at one point legit makes the film look like a Müller Yoghurt TV commercial.
Overall, Aquaman is an absolute mess. A mixture of terrible scriptwriting, editing, acting and more, all thrown together and assisted by one of the worst and most inconsistent scores/soundtracks ever, creates one of the worst films of the year.
A terrible movie that I would only recommend to those looking for a good laugh.
1. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
And finally, the moment you’ve been waiting for, the absolute worst film of the year.
The film so repugnantly bad, I’ve placed it as the worst film of the year and one of the worst of all time. In my initial review, I gave it a very generous rating of half a star and that was only because it made me laugh my ass off.
Interestingly, I was a huge fan of the original movie and my hype for this was huge. Don’t get me wrong, the original was hardly a technical marvel, but it had the benefit of at least being an extremely good musical due to the fabulous choice of ABBA songs and how much fun everyone seemed to be having.
Sadly the same cannot be said for this sequel. It has great songs, as always, but this is met with some of the worst choreography ever put to screen (just look at the dance number for Fernando) and even worse technical filmmaking.
Throughout the story (which plays out like a children’s picture book), equipment can be seen on set, there’s some terrible colour grading and hell – the aspect ratio even dips at one point early on in the film. Along with this, nobody looks to be taking it seriously at all, each actor seemingly happy to take it as more of a paid vacation than a film shoot.
Despite all of the previously mentioned negatives of the film (and all of the negatives that weren’t included) by far the most horrible part of the whole film is young Bill.
Josh Dylan himself doesn’t do a bad job as Bill, but he’s severely let down by the writing, which makes him come across as a psychopathic date-rapist along the same vein as It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Dennis Reynold (think of the famous ‘because of the implication’ joke during every scene on the boat).
When first introduced, young Bill almost instantly shows he wants to sleep with Donna and continuously tries to kiss or be intimate with her despite being told no or brushed off.
Bill tells Donna “I have at least 18 ulterior motives.” as well as “Trust me… in fact, don’t.” Ok, they’re supposed to be jokes, but at both times young Bill says these lines, it’s left hanging in the air until it eventually cuts. This makes it appear extremely creepy and gives both lines some seriously dark undertones.
And let’s not forget, young Harry practically begs young Donna to sleep with him in Waterloo!
Mamma Mia 2 isn’t just a terrible movie, it’s offensively bad, showing no moral compass whatsoever and no clear knowledge of how to actually make a film. That’s why it’s by far the worst film of the year.
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