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It started with ‘A million ways to die in the west’ and ended with ‘Before I go to sleep’

Over the past week and a half I have been unfortunate enough to watch several sub-par movies. Regrettably, I suffer from a rather annoying affliction in which I must finish films I begin watching, even if they are god awful*.

It began with A million ways to die in the West; I have written a review of this film in an earlier post. I watched this on the evening before my flight to Dubai and was left feeling somewhat deflated as I had high expectations for the Seth Macfarlane movie with the impressive cast. Alas, it fell flat. The jokes were silly rather than amusing or clever and the storyline and dialogue lacked depth.

The following day I decided to watch Horrible Bosses 2 on the aeroplane. Considering I had greatly enjoyed the original film and was pleasantly surprised that all the members from the original cast would be featuring in the sequel, I once again, had high expectations. Yet again however, I was deeply disappointed. Perhaps even more so than by Seth Macfarlane’s movie. Charlie Day’s character, although somewhat excitable and dimwitted in the first instalment, had been reduced to a complete imbecile. The movie, in my opinion, completely fell apart. Jennifer Anniston (who I had never really highly regarded as an actress until her role in the original film) became a caricature who seemed to say highly sexual things purely for shock value. If I’m honest, her portrayal of someone suffering from sexual addiction was actually somewhat offensive.

The following evening, whilst trying to get to sleep, I began flicking through the channels on the TV in my hotel room and came across Fire with Fire. The beginning credits were rolling and among the cast members listed were Bruce Willis and Rosario Dawson, both of whom I admire. I was thus convinced the film would be of a certain standard and would therefore warrant a watch. It was awful. The storyline was incredibly predictable. The lines were cheesy. It was over the top and almost bordered on being an hour and half long soap opera episode. I was flabbergasted.

A few days ago on my return flight to London from Dubai, after hours of attempting to sleep, to no avail, I decided to watch Before I go to sleep starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci, again an extremely renowned and highly acclaimed cast of actors. The storyline seemed intriguing and yet I did not feel the film really went anywhere. Whilst an interesting premise and moments were you were left guessing, the suspense quickly died out as it became quite clear what the ‘twist’ would be. Again, I was left feeling unimpressed that a movie with such an impressive cast wasn’t executed as well as it could have been.

As someone who rarely reads film reviews as I don’t wish to cloud my judgement, I wish I had at least checked out the rotten tomato scores for these movies before watching. You live and you learn.

*In an attempt to save you from wasting hours on truly abysmal movies, avoid watching these movies at all costs;

  • Drag me to Hell
  • Godzilla (2014)
  • Devil’s Due
  • ANY of the Paranormal Activity films
  • The Conjuring
  • Battleship

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