Top ten disappointing movies of 2016

Free State of Jones

Free State of Jones

The summer release was a bit odd for a movie of its type, but the director, cast, and trailers all pointed to a great movie. To clarify, summer isn’t a bad time to release movies by any means.

It is, however, a weird time to release a meaty biopic about war, as those types of movies are usually saved for a fall release date. Still, with McConaughey’s winning streak and director Gary Ross at the helm, it seemed like this was a surefire victory. If it wasn’t going to be one of the best movies of the year, it was still hard to imagine it being anything less than great.

Things don’t always work out as planned, sadly. Free State of Jones definitely had good intentions. One can easily see the amount of effort put into the film. Good intentions can only help a movie so much, however. The performances are great, and Ross’s direction is mostly solid throughout.

The story, unfortunately, is where the movie falls flat. This is a story worth telling, but the way it unfolds in this particular film is sappy, unfocused, and dull. All of those aspects combine into a film that could at best be described as lackluster.

Like a lot of the movies on the list, it’s not a bad way to waste time, but that’s about the most praise you can give the movie. It does enough things well to avoid being flat-out bad. The problem is that it’s also not remotely close to being good. With all of the talent involved, it’s no wonder that it found its way onto a list of disappointments.

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