2012 Summer Movie Wrap-Up Part 2: The Negative

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Summer is just about over which means that the biggest blockbuster season of the year is done. 2012 brought in plenty of robots, aliens, zombies, and, of course, a whole lot of superheroes. In part two of this feature, I will remind you of the worst of the summer according to several categories. If you agree, or disagree, let me know in the comments!


Worst Hero: Batman was the best hero of the summer but who was the worst? Johnny Depp’s ridiculous vampire in Dark Shadows? Any of the lifeless characters in Prometheus? Those annoying leads from Rock of Ages? Or maybe a good actor in a bad remake…

Winner: Douglas Quaid in Total Recall. This unnecessary remake sports one of the worst performances of poor Colin Farrell’s career. The character is stiff and lacks all energy that Arnold Schwarzenegger so elegantly put in the original. Farrell, and his fans, deserve better than that.

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Worst Villain: Sometimes good heroes face bad villains and vice versa. This summer we got the worst villain in both the Men in Black and the Bourne franchises. The Lizard was also the worst thing about The Amazing Spider-man. But which of these was the absolute worst?

Winner: Boris the Animal in Men in Black 3. This sequel is definitely better than the last, but this villain doesn’t even measure up to Lara Flynn Boyle. Laughable dialogue and make-up make for one of the worst antagonists since Green Lantern. It also didn’t help that there were two of him.

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Worst Comedic Performance: Not every performance in a comedy always garners the desired laughs. The entire cast of Dark Shadows failed at this. Mila Kunis couldn’t do much with her character in Ted. And then there was Steve Carell. One of my favorite comedic actors gave two very disappointing performances this summer in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World and Hope Springs. But who really sucked the funny out of their movie the most?

Winner: Steve Carell in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. He was the lead role in this bleak comedy and he made it feel more like a drama. It’s hard to hate Carell after loving him for so many years on The Office and other big screen comedies. But he was too awful in this movie to ignore.

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Worst Special Effects: Not everything has the budget of The Avengers. But sometimes you just have to put a little extra work in. Ted had great special effects, perhaps the best in any comedy ever. But for every Ted or Avengers there is a Dark Shadows or Men in Black 3. Even The Amazing Spider-man and Total Recall were slightly disappointing in this regard.

Winner: Dark Shadows. The CGI landscapes and the vampires and werewolves look awful in Tim Burton’s latest. Why did he even make this movie? Alice in Wonderland looked great for the most part and was at least a little inspired! This was crap and looked like it.

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Most Unintentionally Funny Moment: Sometimes bad things happen in good movies that make us laugh. Is the film taking itself too seriously? Probably. Men in Black 3‘s ridiculous villain made for a few of these. The climax of Ted had some moments that may not have supposed to have been funny. The creepy final scene of Seeking a Friend for the End of the World garnered a few giggles. Plus Batman’s voice (“WHERE’S THE TRIGGER?!”). But which had us chuckling the most?

Winner: Ted is ripped apart in Ted. This was supposed to be a sad moment but in the end it was just a teddy bear being ripped to shreds in slow motion. Is it possible Seth MacFarlane was looking for this laugh? Yeah, but he shouldn’t have been…

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Worst Overall Moment: There are some bad moments that graced our screens this summer. Dark Shadows and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World were full of them. And what about that end twist in Men in Black 3. Or the stupid decisions every character in Prometheus make? Then there was most of Total Recall…but what was the moment that made me cringe the most?

Winner: Young K comforts young J in Men in Black 3. This twist actually makes the first movie kind of worse. It ruins J and K’s relationship a bit if they knew each other before. It brings up so many unnecessary questions and truly weakens both characters. Anything that makes a great movie worse should get this “award”.

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Worst Movie: The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers are instant classics but for each of them there are so many movies we will forget from these summer months. It’s between three for the absolute worst film: Dark Shadows, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, and Total Recall. And the winner is…

Winner: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. I was severely disappointed in what should have been one of the best movies of the summer. Sure Keira Knightley was good, but she was just about it. It never really went anywhere and failed to be funny. Just a bad movie in general.

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Do you agree with my picks? Are you sad summer is over? Sound off below!

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