Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Film | The Worst Film of 2014

Yesterday I wrote about my Top 10 Films of 2014, and today it's the turn of the worst!

Having seen over 100 films this year there were bound to be some pretty poor ones, but I actually found it really hard to choose a film that was so bad I couldn't even lump it in the 'so-bad-it's-good' category. Until I saw the film I'm going to tell you about... so read on to find out what I believe to be the Worst Film of 2014...
Released in 1994, Dumb & Dumber is a film that, even if you've never seen it, you're aware of. Any hapless duo since has had the moniker bestowed upon them (hell, I ask my dogs which of them is 'dumb' and which is 'dumber' on an almost daily basis!) The film, starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, helped launch the careers of the Farrelly brothers who went on to produce and direct some of the most memorable 'comedy' films of the last 20 years (Shallow Hal, Me, Myself and Irene and There's Something About Mary to name a few!) The brothers were also responsible for one of the worst films of 2013, Movie 43. So, love them or hate them, the Farrelly's have a unique style that appeals to a specific audience.


Fast forward 20 years and for some reason best known to them, the Farrelly's made a sequel. Dumb & Dumber To. Yes, 'to'. Kerching! That's the sound of the film taking over $38 million on its opening weekend and $129 million worldwide as of December 2014.


The film itself sees the original stars reprieve their roles as Harry (Daniels) and Lloyd (Carrey), a pair of dim-witted fools who set out on an adventure to find Harry's daughter so that she can give him a kidney. You can watch the 'hilarious trailer below...


Why didn't I like the film? Ah. The million dollar question. I loathed the casual racism (it turns out Harry was adopted by a Chinese couple, which of course led to ten minutes of "me so sowee" style jokes... it's 2014, this isn't cool!) The portrayal of women in the film was typical of the Farrelly brothers ("the dumb pretty one", "the one who was pretty in high school but is now fat and ugly and the pair wouldn't touch her with a barge pole", "the uptight British woman who just needs a good seeing to"... and so on). The best 'jokes' were in the trailer, which says a lot since they weren't at all funny.

Dumb & Dumber To, at just over 2 hours long, was more like Dull & Duller. The film was understandably crude; after all we've come to expect nothing less from the Farrelly's, but watching two grown men in their 50s engaging in a battle of the 'fart game' whilst driving a hearse across country is really not my thing. Add in some rehashed jokes and some actors who really ought to know better (I'm looking at you, Kathleen Turner!) and this film was just a bore fest from start to finish!

Honourable mentions for Worst Film of 2014:

Here are some other films that I really didn't rate over the past 12 months.

Mr Turner was released to critical acclaim but for some reason I hated every minute of it! By the end I never wanted to see another Turner painting again and if I never see Timothy Spall in another film again it'll be too soon. I don't care if it makes me a philistine, I hated it!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ruined all childhood memories of sitting watching the cartoon before school with my brother in the 80s. I can't even pinpoint why I hated it so much, I just did!

Life After Beth, a comedy horror about a girl who comes back from the dead as a zombie could have been absolutely brilliant, but it just fell flat. I don't know if it was because I felt Beth was miscast or because the genre of the film missed the mark, but I found it disappointingly boring.

The Giver was a snore fest from start to finish. Too much like every other teen post-apocalyptic film in every sense, it just didn't capture my heart or imagination. Sorry.

Noah. I can't stand Russell Crowe. End of.

I, Frankenstein. Made no sense. YAWN!

What films have disappointed you this year? What were your favourites? You can read about my favourites here!

6 comments:

  1. Yes definitely agree with this whole list! I refuse to see dumb and dumber to, you have confirmed everything I thought it would be like. Hope you have a fab New Year! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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  2. Looks like I've done good avoiding this year, we have cineworld cards so see a lot of films but not one of the one's you've listed!
    AliceMegan

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    1. I have a card too, which is why I have seen so many this year!

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  3. I haven't seen any of those movies, but if you are looking for good ones, I would recommend Escape Plan and Red 2.
    Happy New Year! :) x
    www.lilinhaangel.com

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    1. Thanks, I've seen both of those and didn't really rate them!

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