I highlighted a few of the great films of 2016 yesterday, but the list that arguably more people look forward to is this one, which details the worst. I don't know what it is about bashing art that took people months or years to make, but it draws people in and it's not exactly unenjoyable to write, either.
2016 had a lot of duds. Many of them came from the blockbuster variety, which is why a large number of people are calling it a bad year overall. I'd dispute that, but for a significant portion of the moviegoing public, that's all that gets seen. Still, even the bad blockbusters weren't as disastrous as some of the other films that I saw this year. There were films so bad that I don't even want to call the people who made them "filmmakers" - that seems too generous.
Anyway, here are my 5 worst films of 2016. Just like before, they'll be presented in alphabetical order. You can wait another week to find out which one "wins."
Directed by Ross Katz. Produced by Theresa Park, Peter Safran, and Nicholas Sparks. Written by Bryan Sipe. Release date: February 4, 2016.
The sad thing about The Choice is that it's the most technically accomplished film on this list - by which I mean that, for the most part, it actually looks like a professional movie made by people who generally know what they're doing. Unfortunately, it's also an adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel, which means that it could win technical awards at this year's Oscars and still be telling a story at which a gerbil would scoff.
The film is cringeworthy from start to finish, offers stupid or uncomfortably awful messages to its audience, tells an awful story, and doesn't have good acting. Teresa Palmer redeemed herself later in the year with Lights Out and Hacksaw Ridge, but Benjamin Walker didn't show up again, I can only assume out of shame. We need to stop Nicolas Sparks adaptations.