BADDINGTON — Last week we gave you a taste of the best movies of 2019 so far. We’re equal opportunists here at KSL.com, and figured we needed to take a look at the worst movies as well. Unfortunately, this 2019 film list was much easier to put together than the best-of list. Let’s just say 2019 has not been what we were hoping for up to this point.
Here are the worst of movies of 2019, so far:
The one you shouldn’t have taken the family to: “UglyDolls”
As a father of three little ones, I have seen so many animated films, and I have to say a majority of them aren’t all that bad. No, most are not to the level of what Pixar is putting out there, but I thought “Storks” was a lot of fun, and “Sing” is a favorite in our home. So in order for me to really dislike an animated film you have to really mess it up — and that’s exactly what the filmmakers of “UglyDolls” did.
The jokes are old and not funny, the pacing is boring — even for my kids — and even the songs are mundane. Simply put: This isn’t a good film and I’m not sure your kids are even going to like it.
The one you forgot was made: “Replicas”
This year has been named the "Keanussance" thanks to great films either starring or including a great cameo from Keanu Reeves. Both “Toy Story 4” and “Always Be My Maybe” were on my best-of list, and a lot of that had to do with Reeves. He also had another wildly entertaining “John Wick” movie debut in 2019.
All of this praise has buried a dark Keanu secret from 2019: He was in “Replicas.” The movie is all over the place, and can’t decide what it wants to be or what it wants to say. It’s really just a mess of a film.
But one miss out of four for 2019 isn’t a bad stat, Keanu. Keep it up.
The one that was supposed to be good: “Hellboy”
A lot of people were excited about this year’s “Hellboy.” The first two films are kind of cult classics at this point, and loved by many. But the news that the movie would more closely align with the source material, and the casting of “Stranger Things” star David Harbour, got a lot of hopes very high. Then the film came out, and those hopes fell fast and hard.
The movie just isn’t good; not much else to say really. The jokes don’t land, the action doesn’t entertain, and it’s totally missing the fun factor — which is the whole reason you go to a Hellboy movie.
The one that killed a franchise: “Dark Phoenix”
The film has great actors, like James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender, and a proven concept. Unfortunately, none of that mattered and we got what could be the worst film of the franchise. I know, I am including “The Last Stand” and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” in that statement.
The one that shouldn’t have been made: “The Hustle”
Where do I start with this one? “The Hustle” earned what is possibly the harshest review I’ve ever written, and I still can’t get the taste out of my mouth.
I’m usually pretty easy to please when it comes to comedies. Did it make me laugh? If the answer is yes, then I’m probably going to give it an OK review. I mean, I gave “Life of the Party” a positive review. The movie wasn’t good, but it was a comedy and it made me laugh, so that's a success in my book.
My point is “The Hustle” did not make me laugh. It just made me angry that this is what they did with the classic “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” and I can’t forgive them for that. If you’d like to know the details of why I disliked this movie, you can take a look at my review — because I can’t go down that dark road once again.