Top 3 Worst Movies the Year (So Far)

Every year, so many great movies are released. Come December, when I usually wrap up the full year and draft my best/worst lists, so many good movies are reluctantly bumped off due to the sheer number of great movies that come out. At the same time, there are also a lot of shitty movies that come out in the early months of the year and, by December, I've blocked them all out of my memory! So, around this time each year, I always like to put out a list of my favorite/least favorite movies of the year thus far. It isn't exactly half way through the year, but we are transitioning into the start of the summer movie season, and I do think this is a good assessment point. It's always interesting to see how much of my midyear list ends up on my final list by the end of the year. These past few months have been pretty packed. We've already had some blockbusters, such as Black Panther, Ready Player One, and Avengers: Infinity War. At the same time, we have also had some smaller films, like Annihilation, Thoroughbreds, and Love, Simon. Despite all the good movies to come out, we have also had some pretty atrocious films as well. Fortunately, the good movies so far in 2018 have outweighed the bad, and as I look ahead at what is to come, it seems like it will only continue to get better! So, without further ado, let's take a look at my least favorite movies of the year so far. 

You can check out our list for our top five favorite movies of the year (so far) here

#3 The Commuter

Coming in at number three is The Commuter. This movie just barely nudges out Cloverfield Paradox, and The Commuter is a film that I never really had high expectations for. It looked like every other movie Liam Neeson has done in the past ten years. However, I do like the director Jaume Collet-Serra in some cases. His collaboration with Neeson on Run All Night yielded some great results. I also really enjoyed his shark movie with Blake LivelyThe Shallows. So there was a chance that The Commuter could end up being a lot of fun, though I didn't think the trailers looked all that good. And it turns out I was right for being apprehensive. Could this movie have been worse than it was? Yes, it isn't an atrocious film. But it certainly isn't that good. The story is weak, the characters are underdeveloped, and the plot twists aren't properly set up. There are a couple cool action sequences, but they don't really make up for how underwhelming the film is in general. The opening sequence is abysmally edited, nearly to the point of nausea. Luckily, the movie gets better from there though it merely becomes competent. The Commuter is a typical forgettable January movie, and it really isn't worth discussing much further. 

You can read our full review for The Commuter here.

#2 Tomb Raider

Taking the number two spot is Tomb Raider. This is a movie I actually was mildly looking forward to. I'm a fan of the Tomb Raider video games, and I thought this reboot was going in the right direction. It looked like it was steering clear of the campiness and cheesiness of the Angelina Jolie films, and was instead following the grittier retelling of the 2013 video game. And while Tomb Raider is a step in the right direction, it ultimately falls flat. Alicia Vikander is good in the role, though her character isn't given a lot of development. Her relationship with her father (Dominic West) is rushed, and never once feels organically earned. Walton Goggins tries his best with playing the role, but there just isn't anything solid for him to work with. The action sequences are fine, but do little to make up for the weak story. This movie could have worked, but it suffers from a weak script and an underwhelming director (Roar Uthaug). Had these things been fixed, Tomb Raider could have been a really fun action/adventure film. However, it's these issues that make it one of my least favorite movies of 2018 thus far.

You can read our full review for Tomb Raider here

#1 Game Night

And my least favorite movie of the year (so far) is Game Night. Now, this is a movie that a lot of people actually like. It got an 82% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes. Before seeing this critical reception, I thought Game Night looked like ass. None of the trailers looked funny, and it just looked terrible. However, upon seeing its Rotten Tomatoes score, I became interested and checked it out. But Game Night is exactly what I originally thought it was going to be. I think I chuckled a couple of times, if that. The characters are all extremes, never having depth or dimension to them. They claim a certain shtick and play up to a 100, and never let it go. They do a couple of interesting things visually to emulate a board game, which is neat but it doesn't make up for how uninteresting the characters are, how underwhelming the performances are, and just how not funny the jokes are. I don't hate this movie with a passion like I did with my least favorite movie last year, 47 Meters Down. So I do think it has a strong chance of being beat by the end of the year. However, I do not look forward to experiencing the movie that surpasses this one, whatever it may be. 

You can read our full review for Game Night here.

What do you think? Do you agree with my picks for my least favorite films of the year so far? What would be on your list? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. 

Written by: Nathanael Moln├ír
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