When it comes to movies, disappointment is something no film lover ever wants to feel, especially when it concerns a cherished adaptation, a remake of a favourite film or even a long awaited sequel. So when these movies collapse under bad directing, bad acting or even terribly written scripts, we as film devotees feel frustrated by the massive failures that these movies turn out to be. Below is a list of four films that made us feel just that.
The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
Considered to be one of the most significant science fiction films of all time, The Matrix was ground-breaking in all aspects of film making. So when the sequel popped out, there were some big shoes to fill and unfortunately The Matrix Reloaded missed the mark by a long shot. Fans of The Matrix hoped that the third and final film would put the story back on the right path and wrap everything up in a nice, pretty bow; however it turned out to be one of the worst endings to a franchise… ever.
The narrative was all over the place, the CGI was nothing but average and it was just all a bit long and boring. The Matrix Revolutions was deeply wrapped up in its own pomposity that it was almost like it was an entirely new film and had absolutely nothing to do with the superb original.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
This remake of the 1971 classic turned out as disappointing as remakes go with Tim Burton doing the same thing again and again – naturally Johnny Depp took the role of Willy Wonka without blinking. Tim Burton’s remake was nowhere near as enjoyable to watch, despite being closer to the source text… it still failed as an adaptation.
Willy Wonka was an extremely withdrawn character in Burton’s version; the film consisted of painful flashbacks in Wonka’s life making him come off as someone you wouldn’t want around you, let alone your kids. Tim Burton should have left this one well enough alone.
The Beach (2000)
The Beach was a dark time in Danny Boyle’s career; it was an absolute car crash and just a disgrace to Alex Garland’s novel of the same name. The film was considered to be way too conceited and made a mockery of Alex Garland’s story about a backpacker who was given a map to a paradise on Earth.
Points have to be given to The Beach for great cinematography though but that is as far as it goes for a film that just leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
Upon the release of this poor excuse for a film, no one in the world had the faintest idea just how appallingly trashy Catwoman would turn out to be. Coupled with bad acting and a laughable script, nothing could have saved this film – the wise thing to have done would have been to wipe the unjustifiable thing from existence.
The biggest mistake this film made was maneuvering from the plot line of the comic books entirely by removing the setting and making Catwoman an over simplistic and tasteless character. It’s no wonder this film went on to win Golden Raspberry Awards – it certainly deserved them.