Whether a remake of a beloved cinema classic or an innovative genre mashup, these 8 movies were surrounded by hype and fanfare. Yet, even with great directors and big budgets, they still failed miserably. Below are 8 of Hollywood's most disappointing movies ever.
The long-awaited return of Indiana Jones was drawn out over nineteen years, but eventually, fans got 2008's Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull. Aside from a heavily criticized plot and lackluster special effects, the movie became famous for the "Nuke the Fridge" scene—a reference to Indy's ability to survive a nuclear bomb by hiding in a refrigerator.
Remaking a classic film is always a tough task, but the first trailer for Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes seemed to show beautiful, imaginative visuals and an original touch. Fans were optimistic. However, when the full-length film was released, it was clear that the movie suffered from poor casting and a script that could have been written by...well, apes.
Still flush with the success of Juno, Diablo Cody's screenplay for a demonic, beautiful cheerleader sounded like a clever mash-up of the horror and chick flick genres. However, Megan Fox's faltering performance and an array of horror movie gimmicks all quickly destroyed any hope of an entertaining or original film.
Made with the same blend of satire and camp, Bruno followed in the footsteps of Sasha Baron Cohen's brilliant Borat. Bruno was originally a character on Da Ali G Show, but Cohen tweaked the character for his debut on the silver screen. The result was a stereotype-laden caricature that bored critics and audiences alike.
After the glamorous, high-octane action of Casino Royale, fans eagerly awaited the James Bond franchise's next installment. However, Quantum of Solace, released in 2008, had none of the verve and momentum of its predecessor. Critics complained that the movie's villain was bland and its plot unimaginative.
Oliver Stone may not be everyone's favorite director, but he certainly draws attention. While Alexander boasted a star-studded cast (Angelina Jolie, Colin Farrell and Anthony Hopkins), the film's historical inaccuracies were denounced by historians, while critics booed its slow pace and dull storyline.
Shyamalan was once known for interesting, twist-filled movies such as The Sixth Sense and Signs. But The Lady In the Water is pure ridiculousness—a water pixie (called a 'narf') ends up in a Philadelphia apartment complex pool after being attacked by Scrunts. To top off an already terrible movie, Shyamalan cast himself as a writer who's not only a visionary, but also the object of the narf's quest.
Saddled with high expectations and a host of terrible characters, The Phantom Menace came as a crushing disappointment to fans of George Lucas's beloved Star Wars series. After waiting two decades to see the resurrection of the Star Wars story, fans were disappointed to find unnecessary CGI, a bad script and poor acting. Also: Jar Jar Binks.
Sequels can often be the kiss of death for a successful film, and pretty much any movie with a '3' in its title is doomed for critics and audiences alike. However, these 8 films had a lot going for them--great directors, big budgets, good actors and legions of fans. Yet they still managed to disappoint.