Each new year brings us more movies than we can dream of watching. Often times, the movies that people end up loving are the ones that nobody anticipated. For example, in 2017 we had movies like Get Out and Okja. We even got to enjoy blockbuster movies like Spiderman: Homecoming, John Wick: Chapter 2, and of course, Logan. These movies were all memorable experiences and as we move forward, it’s going to be hard to not compare this year’s movies to them.
If you look at the movies being released this year, 2018 is supposed to be huge. A movie about Han Solo, a new Deadpool movie, then of course there’s the much anticipated sequel to Pacific Rim and the latest addition to the Cloverfield universe. While it may seem like this is going to be a fantastic year for movie-goers, I guarantee you that a lot of these movies are going to fall flat. If there’s anything that we can learn from the past few years, it’s that the worst movies of the year are often the most anticipated. Everyone was interested to see the projects Matt Damon was involved in during 2017, but Suburbicon and The Great Wall turned out to be some of the most boring movies released last year. So, to make sure that you don’t leave 2018 feeling completely disappointed, here are 15 highly-anticipated movies that are probably going to suck.
15. Insidious: The Last Key — January 4
Hollywood loves to take original horror movie ideas and beat them to death instead of creating something new. Since launching in 2010, the Insidious franchise has essentially become the next Paranormal Activity. Based on a unique story that was made on a low budget, Insidious has used cheap jump scares and predictable plot points and found success somehow. Each movie brings in an offensive amount of money at the box office.
Though Insidious: The Last Key is titled in a way that you would think it’s the last of the franchise, you can be almost certain that it’s not. You can tell that this movie is going to suck because it was originally set to be released before Halloween in 2017, but it was pushed back until January 5, 2018 and replaced by the movie Happy Death Day. Since the latest Insidious movie was bumped from the prime Halloween spot, you can be sure that it’s not packed full of screams.
14. God Particle — February 2
God Particle is the most recent addition to J. J. Abrams Cloverfield franchise. The film is set to be released at the start of February, which is concerning to a lot of fans because no promotional material has been released for the movie. Usually, the Cloverfield movies have a hectic marketing strategy that sends fans on an Easter egg hunt through the Internet (and sometimes in real life). The fact that nobody knows anything about God Particle is concerning to a lot of fans.
Whenever a movie sucks, studios try to release it with as little information as possible because they don’t want people to see what a disaster it is. Many fans of Cloverfield are speculating that this is exactly the case with God Particle, or that the quality of the movie is being killed by development hell. The movie was pushed back from February 2017 to October 2017 so that editors could have more time to turn the movie into a masterpiece. Early reports said that the movie was going to be released in IMAX, but that idea was scrapped just a few months after the movie had been filmed back in 2016. Are they going to release the movie without saying anything, or is this just a clever part of Cloverfield’s risky marketing strategy? After all, they promoted the movie Cloverfield without even giving it a name in trailers.
13. The 15:17 To Paris — February 9
Clint Eastwood has directed a movie nearly every year since 1997. While some of these movies are considered classics, like Million Dollar Baby and Letters From Iwo Jima, he has a lot of movies that fall flat. In particular, when Eastwood directs a movie based on a real event, like American Sniper, Sully, or J. Edgar, the movies fall flat. More often than not, they’re propaganda movies that try to show off how heroic Americans are. And it seems like The 15:17 To Paris is no exception.
To start, The 15:17 To Paris is a terrible name for a movie. It’s based around the 2015 Thalys train attack, where a man suspected of being an Islamic terrorist, opened fire on a train, before being subdued by some passengers. A whopping four people were injured, including the gunman. Clint Eastwood’s movie follows the event of three American men who subdued the gunman. For the movie, Eastwood opted to use the actual guys who stopped the shooter. They have no acting experience, and Eastwood is notorious for only allowing his actors to do one take of a scene, so you can almost guarantee that this movie is going to be filled with cringe worthy acting.
12. Pacific Rim Uprising — March 23
Pacific Rim was a mixture between Godzilla and Transformers, but it somehow managed to put people to sleep. It was an original premise that just fell flat, earning $411 million on a budget of $190 million. Critics thought the movie was just decent, which makes it confusing why it’s earned a sequel.
Unlike the original, Pacific Rim Uprising isn’t going to be directed by the legendary Guillermo del Toro. Instead, it’s being directed by Steven S. DeKnight, who doesn’t really have a career built around directing. He’s more of a producer, and giving him the reigns to such an expensive movie is bound to lead to a disaster. Additionally, the marketing for Pacific Rim Uprising is relying too heavily on the popularity of its new star, John Boyega, who made a name for himself in the recent Star Wars movies. This is going to be a movie that everyone forgets about — guaranteed.
11. Avengers: Infinity War — April 25
A lot of comic book fans are absolutely hyped for Avengers: Infinity War which is essentially a combination of The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s what the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been building towards still it was first launched back in 2008. It’s going to be the big pay-off. With expectations so high, there’s no way that this movie is going to disappoint, right?
Look at the cast list for this movie. There are far too many superheroes to cram into a two hour Marvel movie. Our favourite heroes are going to be clawing at each other to get more screen time and we’re going to be disappointed when we don’t get see what we liked about those characters. Every character is going to get a scene that revolves them and then a few lines of dialogue sprinkled throughout the movie. It’s going to be too much for fans. It’s honestly surprising that they aren’t dragging this out for two movies, considering that Peter Jackson was able to drag The Hobbit out for three.
10. Solo: A Star Wars Story — May 25
Since Disney obtained the rights to the Star Wars galaxy they have been milking the franchise for every penny that they can. So far, it’s been working for them. Rogue One was a box office success despite the getting slammed by fans and critics. The only redeeming quality of Rogue One was the ending. Now, after The Last Jedi was released, fans are seeing that the Disney takeover means that the franchise is putting quantity before quality.
Solo: A Star Wars Story focuses on the life of Han Solo before the events of the original Star Wars movie. It’s essentially about how Han Solo met Lando Calrissian, a story that nobody was asking to be told. The movie was originally set to be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, but the pair quit the movie mid-production after having “creative differences” with the studio. Ron Howard (who’s made more stinkers than classics) took over the reigns of the movie and it’s set to be released on May 25. Why didn’t they release it on International Star Wars day, which is just a day earlier on May 24?
9. Deadpool 2 — May 31
The reason that Deadpool was such an enjoyable movie to watch was because it was a passion project between Ryan Reynolds and the director, Tim Miller. The pair fought for Deadpool to be released as an R-rated superhero movie with adult humour, graphic violence, and a whole lot of s*x. The movie was considered risky, but it ended up being a box-office success! However, there’s a few things that have fans worried about Deadpool 2.
The most glaring issue is that Disney now has the rights to Deadpool. It’s unlikely that they’re going to allow a lot of gore, swearing, and sex, into Deadpool 2. Additionally, star of the movie Ryan Reynolds and director Tim Miller had differences about the creative direction that Deadpool 2 should go. Miller wanted to make the sequel more unique, whereas Reynolds wants the sequel to be another raunchy action flick like the first one. As a result, Tim Miller left the project and we can expect Deadpool 2 to be almost identical to the original.
8. Ocean’s 8 — June 8
Why does Hollywood feel the need to release female remakes of classic movies? Ocean’s 8 is a spin-off of George Clooney’s Ocean’s 11, which was a reboot of a movie made in the 1960s. The problem is that this movie is pandering to the audience, while trying to ride the coattails of a movie that came out 17 years ago. As we saw with the all female Ghostbusters remake, audiences aren’t interested in these types of movies.
It’s not that all-female movies aren’t funny, either. There are many classic movies with an all-female cast like Bridesmaids, Mean Girls, Legally Blonde, The Heat, and Pitch Perfect. Why couldn’t Hollywood just make a new series to revolve around this all female heist? Why does everything have to be a sequel or a spin-off or exist in the same universe as another movie? When this movie finally comes out, it’s going to get slammed by critics. It stars Rihanna, for crying out loud.
7. The Incredibles 2 — June 14
The Incredibles is without a doubt, the best superhero movie ever made. Somehow, The Incredibles managed to hit all of the superhero tropes before the Marvel Cinematic Universe was created. The only hope that Incredibles 2 has at being a good movie is if it mocks all of the Marvel and DC movies and TV shows that are being released. Other than that, this movie is going to be a bust.
The reason that Incredibles 2 is going to fall flat is because they simply can’t top the originality of the first. It was such a perfect animated movie. Sure, there’s a chance that Incredibles 2 isn’t going to suck, but there’s no way on Earth that it’s going to be as good as the original. It’ll be a solid movie in it’s own right, but with the release of Finding Dory, Incredibles 2, and Frozen 2 in 2019, it’s clear that Disney is just running out of ideas.
6. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom — June 22
Jurassic World pulled nearly $1.7 billion at the box office making it one of the highest-grossing movies of all time. The movie wasn’t praised by anybody specific, but most people agreed that it was a solid summer blockbuster. You can’t really expect the next Citizen Kane to come out of the Jurassic franchise. When Jurassic World was released, most people believed that it was going to be a one-off movie, but Hollywood seemed to have other plans.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is set to release in June 2018. But the announcement of the movie left many people scratching their heads, wondering who asked for another Chris Pratt movie? The guy is in everything, lately, but his movies are becoming less and less satisfactory, which is why fans have reason to believe his next movie is going to suck. The director of the movie tried to create buzz for the movie by revealing that Fallen Kingdom has one of the biggest set pieces out of any other movie in the franchise but by this point, nobody cares.
5. Sicario 2: Soldado — June 29
Sicario was an action-packed, critically acclaimed movie that didn’t bring in as much money that the studio wanted. The movie only brought in $84.9 million on a budget of $30 million, which is a pretty minor return for the studio especially considering how much praise it received. Instead of letting the movie take three Oscar nominations and laying it to rest, Sicario is going to get milked John Wick style.
The only promising thing about Sicario 2: Soldado is that it was written by the same person, and it took them three years to make. If you’ve seen the first, you’re more than likely going to be disappointed by the sequel. Nothing that they can do can top the intensity of the first. Luckily, this movie isn’t a sequel in the traditional sense. According to reports, Sicario 2: Soldado is more of a spin-off movie than a direct sequel or prequel.
4. Ant-Man And The Wasp — July 6
Who asked for a sequel to Ant-Man? Honestly. Who saw that movie and thought that they wanted to see more of Paul Rudd (who I love) playing one of the least popular Marvel heroes of all time. It was one of the less popular Marvel movies despite the massive amount of promotion surrounding it and quite frankly, it was just a little boring. And now we get to watch a sequel!
Ant-Man and the Wasp is probably an important story to tell within the context of the Marvel Universe. But, just because a story is important, doesn’t mean that fans need to suffer through an entire movie. Look at the Marvel shows on Netflix, such as Iron Fist. For the most part, these shows were boring, but they were necessary to lead up to The Defenders. But honestly, there has to be a better way to get the story across. Whatever Ant-Man and the Wasp is building up to, it better be good.
3. Venom — October 5
Without a doubt, Venom has always been my favourite superhero villain. After the embarrassing portrayal of him by Topher Grace in Spiderman 3, I was doubtful that we would ever see him on the big screen again. Amazingly, Sony Pictures announced that they were going to make a Venom movie starring Tom Hardy and I was beyond excited until I learned a massive problem with the movie: Spider-Man won’t make an appearance.
Venom is the ultimate Spider-Man villain. He was literally created after an alien latched onto Peter Parker for a while, absorbed his powers, and then latched onto a guy named Eddie Brock. So how can they possibly make a Venom movie without Spider-Man? They can’t, really. They can try, but it’s going to suck, which is a shame because Tom Hardy is massively talented. In the right hands, this movie could have been something amazing but once again, Sony Pictures proves that they are incapable of making a decent movie. This movie has been in development hell for the past 11 years and movies stuck there never end up being good. We can only hope this movie surprises us with an unexpected appearance by everyone’s favourite web-slinging hero.
2. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald — November 16
The Fantastic Beasts series is nothing more than a shameless cash grab by J. K. Rowling. Instead of creating a new universe, Rowling decided to continue riding the wave of success brought on by the Harry Potter franchise. She could have been creating stories worth telling but she has instead created two movies out of a dinky little book she released. Sure, there’s a lot of material to work with inside the Harry Potter universe, but not every story needs to be told.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is a movie dedicated to the biggest fans of the world of Harry Potter. It’s not going to appeal to the casual fan of the Harry Potter world. However, there is hope that Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will be decent. The director, David Yates, is the same guy that directed the first Fantastic Beasts movie as well as the last four Harry Potter movies.
1. Aquaman — December 21
The hatred for recent DC movies is completely justified. For whatever reason, the DC universe has struggled time and time again to find its bearings. Man of Steel, Suicide Squad, Batman v Superman, and Justice League are generally considered not good. At this point, the only saving grace for the DC universe is Gal Gadot, who plays Wonder Woman.
The problem with DC movies is that they are trying to build a universe too late. Robert Downey Jr. made his first appearance as Iron Man ten years ago and DC has been struggling to catch up. Every movie that DC releases is going to get compared to a Marvel movie, which seemingly lead the comic-book movie charge. The biggest problems with DC movies is that they don’t know what type of movie they want to be. They’re a weird mix between super dark and forced humour. If DC wants to succeed, they need to double down on the dark aspect of their movies and stop trying to make everything family friendly. Leave that to Marvel!
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