The masters of movie bashing are back for the end of the year tradition, RiffTrax's Worst Films of 2014. After compiling hundreds of thousands of votes from their fans, Rifftrax has come up with the 10 worst films of the year.
Not terribly surprised to see this film make this. While the original was fairly well received and spawned pulp culture catch phrases like, "This is Sparta!", its prequel just came and went from the theater, leaving no lasting impression with the audience apart from Eva Green's nude scene. While there were a few returning actors from the previous film, Sullivan Stapleton was in no way a worthy follow-up to Gerard Butler. And going from Zack Snyder's impressive, though criticized, directorial style to a virtual unknown director meant that this film was doomed from the start.
A critical success, audiences were very split over 'Noah'. An impressive cast that included Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, and Emma Watson, and directed by Darren Aronofsky, 'Noah' was impressive on paper but failed to resonate with audiences who decried the white-washing of characters in biblical times and the inclusion of rock monsters and other outlandish creatures.
A movie based on a Hasbro game that uses unconscious muscle reaction to make players think its supernatural... How can this go wrong?! While the general idea and perception of a Ouija board does lend itself to a horror movie premise, it won't work if the filmmakers don't try to scare you. Horror movies are fairly lazy today, focusing of graphic imagery and jump scares instead of creating a genuinely scary atmosphere, and 'Ouija' is a perfect example of that, banking on the name instead of creating an actually scary film.
'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'
I can't tell you how happy I am that this movie bombed. After 'The Amazing Spider-Man', it was clear that all fans needed was one more terrible 'Spider-Man' film from Sony before Marvel could get their webslinger back. 'The Amazing Spider-Man' was set to continue a new darker Spider-Man story while introducing the characters necessary for the iconic Sinister Six villain group. But what we got was a whiney Spider-Man that no one liked, a bored Jamie Foxx, a complete mistreatment of Spider-Man villains the Green Goblin and Rhino, and a character death that was obvious from the start of the first film. Hopefully Sony will get wise and finally make that deal to get Spider-Man back with Marvel and in his rightful place in 'The Avengers 3'.
I wanted to like this movie, I really did. The original is a modern comedic classic, but all they did here is prove that there's a time limit on effective sequels. Twenty years later, the once edgy Farrelly brothers are family-friendly at best, making their gross-out humor feel forced. The trailers gave me hope, but the more I saw the more I realized it was out of nostalgia instead of seeing something actually enjoyable. But at least we can have comfort in the fact that it wasn't nearly as bad as the prequel.
'Transformers: Age of Extinction'
Do I really need to explain this one?
Like '300: Rise of an Empire', when the nudity of the lead actress is the most talked about part of the film, it has failed. Cameron Diaz's attempt to revitalize her career in the same way Jennifer Aniston did with 'Horrible Bosses' fell short because at least 'Horrible Bosses' was funny at points. And I can't help but think that the recent celebrity picture leak scandal did nothing to help this movie's image and made invasion of privacy even less funny.
Another film that was doomed before it started. After the negative reaction to the original Kirk Cameron films, and Kirk Cameron himself, and the decline of the career of the once kinda great Nic Cage, I'm not certain what they planned to accomplish with this remake.
'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'
I'd be shocked if this film didn't make this list. While everyone has been dumping on Michael Bay for this movie, we need to remember that he only produced it, but it still reeks of his immature mentality. While 'Transformers' had pee jokes, this movie, which was supposedly geared towards children, had turtle-based erection jokes. And Michael Bay alumni Megan Fox cast as April O'Neil is probably the worst casting since Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane. And while it may seem ridiculous to complain about the Turtles having lips, its just one part of a whole collection that shows that the filmmakers didn't care about the source material, also by taking the normally short turtles and giving them overly imposing statures.
'A Million Ways to Die in the West'
Here's the one entry on the list I have to complain about as I actually liked this movie. In fact, I loved this movie. Many have complained that it wasn't as funny as 'Ted', I'd have to disagree and instead propose that what people took issue with was the Old West setting and the lack of the novelty of an obscene teddy bear. To me, the cast was spot on and the crude humor and rustic setting made it a modern take on 'Blazing Saddles', making this a most enjoyable film.