So coming off of the disappointment of Prometheus I was thinking of other anticipated movies that were huge disappointments. What’s that you say? You didn’t think Prometheus was that bad? OK, but did it live up to your anticipation?
Now there are some obvious ones of course. The Star Wars prequels are the obvious #1 choice. Followed closed by Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull. But pointing to George Lucas is just too easy. What else is there?
Here are my choices
Blade: Trinity I loved the first film, despite the flaws of its ending. Del Tor’s sequel was no where near as good (and the action was made goofier) but it still was a good time. The third film though was a horrible mess. It really bugged me just how bad that final film was. And I went in with low expectations!
Godfather III Now before the Star Wars prequels arrived I think this was the most reviled sequel in history. I honestly don’t think it that bad a film, despite Sofia Coppola. It’s just that it pales compared to the first two films.
Batman Returns The original Burton films haven’t held up well, in my opinion. Probably primarily due to it being impossible to see them except in light of Nolan’s films. However when Schumacher took over it was a return to the cheesy television of the 60’s. I know a lot of people put Batman & Robin as the disappointment but honestly, did you really expect anything from it after Batman Returns?
Spiderman 3 Once again I don’t think this is as bad a film as some make out. But compared to the first two which were near perfect this was a mess. Primarily due to the horrible script foisted upon Raimi. Although the Saturday Night Fever dance homage in the middle is entirely laid at Raimi’s feet.
Superman 3 Most of you are too young to remember this. But after a reasonably good sequel they inexplicably turned Superman into a comedy starring Richard Pryor. Even as a young child I knew I was in trouble when it opened with a silly opening involving windup penguins.
Superman Returns I sense a trend here. Lots of superhero films. I actually liked Superman Returns. It had some huge flaws – primarily due to remaking the first Superman film. Had they put a more serious Lex Luther or a different character and dropped the whole kid subplot it would have been a great film.
From Dusk till Dawn After Pulp Fiction I think a lot of us were really expecting something great from Tarantino. This wasn’t it.