2018 End of Year Review – Part 1: The Worst 5 Films of the Year

The usual disclaimer applies as we move on to our ‘worst of’ list – we tend to avoid many of the films that you’d expect to see in these lists so these films are probably higher quality than some films that were out this year, but these are all terrible and to be avoided nonetheless…!

Here are our least favourite films of 2018…

5. Fahrenheit 451


A real shame in a way to include this on this list, particularly as I had such high hopes for it when seeing it at Cannes. It’s directed by Ramin Bahrani who has been responsible for some terrific work, such as ‘99 Homes‘ which ranked highly on my end of year rankings in 2015, but ‘Fahrenheit 451‘ is a disappointing sci-fi movie that struggles to marry up a 1950’s novel with its modern day setting and it’s tonally and dramatically all over the shop.

4. Ghost Stories


The poster you will see above talks about ‘Ghost Stories‘ being the ‘Best British Horror Movie in Years’, which clearly isn’t an opinion I agree with! I thought ‘Ghost Stories‘ was a little too self satisfied and thought it was cleverer than it was, and I actually found it sillier as opposed to scary.

3. Mary Poppins Returns


The last film I saw this year and one of the worst. A major disappointment given the quality of the original and particularly so as Emily Blunt is so good in the iconic role. This is a musical with forgettable songs, a story that is derivative with nothing new to say, and a script that is lazily written. I found it dull, instantly forgettable and I couldn’t wait for it to end.

2. Mary Magdalene


The second film on this list about a character called Mary is one of the dullest films I’ve seen in some time. I’m not sure how it’s possible to make a film featuring Joaquin Phoenix as a hippy Jesus boring but Garth Davis manages it, in this sluggish and tedious biopic focused on the much maligned Mary Magdalene.

1. A Wrinkle in Time


The truly dreadful ‘A Wrinkle in Time‘ is the worst film I saw at the cinema this year, a film that got the rare 1 star treatment from myself (the first since 2015 in fact), and I’ve run out of negative adjectives to describe it. It looks awful, the story is dreadful and the acting is bad across the piece and it really is a film to be avoided at all costs.

Narrowly avoiding this list: Wonder Wheel, Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House

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