To preface, for the few people that may read this blog, this list is the undisputed truth. This is pure fact, incontestable, indubitable, irrefutable, unequivocal, even undeniable. It is laughable to try and argue against this list because clearly, you should have the same thoughts.
It was a banner year for blockbuster movies, in that they were all soulless, revered critically and box office successes. Don't let those last two facts distract you from the clear truth. Some of these movies were coined as a new episode into an already established saga, however that is all a guise for what is a shameless remake filled with boring cameos. Others were just watered down action movies. All of them are to serve the pockets of the studios and give the hoi polloi false hope for a better movie on the way. Onto the list:
5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens directed by J.J. Abrams
While not terrible, Star Wars: The Force Awakens leaves a poor taste in the mouths of its viewers. That taste being a substandard movie with massive plot holes, and a retread of A New Hope. The Force Awakens tries to match every beat of A New Hope and it falters greatly in doing so. The movie's only purpose is to restart Star Wars merchandising and more movies than just the intended trilogy (comparable to the watered down expanded universe given by Marvel). A quick cash grab for sure, the only hope is that the movies that follow are better. Long live Jar Jar.
4. Creed directed by Ryan Coogler
Another reboot to a series, that rather ended on a fantastic note in Rocky Balboa. The first movie in the Rocky series to not be written by Sylvester Stallone, and it clearly suffers for that reason. While Rocky V may be the worst movie in the series, this is only a hair better. Awkward, is the best word to describe Creed. The remake shots as an ode to the first Rocky are just really bizarre. Some moments with language used to connect with the youth just don't fit and will definitely make the movie dated in only a few years. Hopefully we won't have to deal with any sequels.
3. Jurassic World directed by Colin Trevorrow
The premise of Jurassic World, to put it lightly, is vapid and vacuous, as are the characters. As if one failed amusement park wasn't enough warning, these stupid idiots make a park and actually get people to attend the new attraction. And we're introduced to a new "ultra-scary" super T-Rex, because bringing back prehistoric dinosaurs isn't enough. Thieves falter when they get greedy and break their own rules, this movie is no different.
2. Avengers: Age of Ultron directed by Joss Whedon
Terrible CGI action is introduced in the first few minutes, followed by a pointless story, and a few more superheroes because 6 isn't enough to beat the bad guy. Good wins, bad loses, what's new aside from the lack of tension. Avengers: Age of Ultron is just a road block for a supposed finale with Avengers: Infinity War, which just happens to be 2 parts. The end credits reveal the same villain, Thanos who was also at the end credits of the first Avengers from 2012. Will we see Thanos in part 1 or part 2 of Avengers: Infinity War? Or will it be in an Avengers movie after that? The answer probably lies in how much money the side-story movies make.
1. The Martian directed by Ridley Scott
A movie that tried way too hard. With it's hit and miss humor, mostly miss, it's over the top explanation for science, and a stolen plot point from Armageddon, this makes for the worst movie of 2015. The moments with Matt Damon while he's alone are awkward and wildly unfunny. The explaining part is notably inadequate because, it feels as if The Martian has to convince you that it isn't a terrible movie every step of the way. In Armageddon, it is presented by Billy Bob Thorton (A NASA scientist in the movie, not real life) that the only way Bruce Willis and Willis's crew can land on an asteroid headed for earth, is if they slingshot around the moon in a spacecraft. Then low and behold when the characters in The Martian reach a tough spot, they have to use the slingshot, no credit is given to Armageddon either. Congrats The Martian and director Ridley Scott on making the worst movie of 2015.
There's nothing wrong with making money. It just grows tiring to see another stale action movie that draws huge success, for doing almost nothing new besides a few huge explosions. The 4th of July is the only day to waste money on huge explosions anyhow. 2016 and on will probably share the same fate with more remakes and big blockbusters on the way. Hopefully they don't share the same praise.
Prediction for Top 5 Worst Movies of 2016
5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
4.Independence Day: Resurgance
3.Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
2.Captain America: Civil War
1. Suicide Squad