Going along with the Gomers, we now have the Spider-Man 3 Disappointment of the Year. These are movies that had high levels of anticipation but failed to reach that level. It does not require hating the movie. This award is named after Spider-Man 3, which I do not hate. It had some good things in it. It just failed to be as great as it could have been. Some times the films that win this are horrible, but others are okay.
Previous Winners: In the Heart of the Sea, The Snowman, Amazing Spider-Man 2, After Earth, Dark Knight Rises, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Batman v. Superman, Christopher Robin, IT: Chapter Two
This was, of course, a difficult year for this category. A bunch of the films that I was anticipating wound up sent to 2021 because of the pandemic. The movies that I did not know or had only found out about during the year did not fit in this category. There had to be some amount of hope of excellence for there to be disappointment.
Other films that I expected to not be very good such as Doolittle or Bloodshot could not be considered disappointing. Because of all that, the list of these will be lower.
We will start off with our winner….
Christopher Nolan insisted on having Tenet released in the theaters and not delayed to 2021 or released on streaming and Tenet paid for it. But that was not why it was disappointing to me. I did head out to the theater to see it. The disappointment was that it was confusing, hard to hear and not a great story. It could have been so much better than what it was. I anticipated this being a film with a major story dealing with a mysterious element, but this was a slog to get through.
I did not hate Tenet, but there were enough issues with the film to make it the Spider-Man 3 Disappointment of the Year,
Runners-Up: I only have three others on this list. The most recent was the Netflix sequel, Christmas Chronicle 2. I so enjoyed the first one of these and I was excited to see the second one but it was dull and such a disappointment. Where as Christmas Chronicle 2 may have been somewhat watchable, Disney +’s release of Artemis Fowl was very much unwatchable. It was truly one of the worst movies of the year and I had been holding out hope that it might be better than I thought. Nope. The third film on this list is the Blumhouse adaptation of Fantasy Island. I used to love this show on TV, and I thought a movie version by the preeminent horror movie studio was a great idea. I love Michael Pena, but he was terribly miscast as Mr. Rourke. Fantasy Island was just terrible.