The 10 Most Disappointing Movies of 2011

No. 3. Green Lantern

Growing up, one of my favorite comic book characters was Green Lantern. When it was announced that they were finally making a big-budget action movie, I was excited. Worried, but excited. After all, the movie is about a bunch of aliens who make shapes with their mind.

The involvement of Martin Campbell, who directed Casino Royale and Goldeneye, inspired hope.

But hope was lost. While not the disaster some critics made it out to be, it’s a jumbled mess, and features a villain that is a gigantic cloud. A gigantic f**king cloud. Didn’t Fantastic Four 2 teach us anything?

No. 2. J. Edgar

Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar is almost like Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator (which also starred Leonardo DiCaprio), except it is much, much worse in every way. Even DiCaprio pales in comparison to himself.

It’s the story, the editing and the direction that destroy the potential J. Edgar had at its disposal. In his attempt to cover so much of the FBI director’s life, Eastwood manages to cover none of it, delivering nothing more than a shallow glance at the man. So many aspects of Hoover’s life are movie-worthy, it’s stunning that Eastwood misses the mark so significantly.

No. 1. Cowboys & Aliens

What happens when you combine James Bond, Indiana Jones, the director of Iron Man, cowboys and aliens – oh, and Olivia Wilde – stir them all up in a $160-million-budgeted pot and launch the resulting sci-fi western to the big screen? Not what you’d think.

I was as excited for this movie as any this year. It was ranked #2 on FilmJabber’s 20 Must-See Movies in 2011 list. Mildly enjoyable but ultimately extremely disappointing,Cowboys & Aliens has the elements of success, except director Jon Favreau forgot to make it fun. It is the most disappointing movie of 2011.

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By Erik Samdahl
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