This article discusses the worst films of 2022 so far, so may contain minor spoilers.
I have compiled a list of films that many will not agree with and many are being propped up by the euphoria of being able to go back into theatres again. Whatever the case may be, please take a look at my ultimate list of “Skip-It” films that I have gathered in my collection over the first six months of 2022!
The worst films of 2022 (so far)
Here is the 411 on The 355 — it’s a bloated bore.
The script focuses too much on physical gratification through sexual desire. In turn, it fails to explore aspects of mental health and the human condition that it promises in the first place. Netflix’s oddball film Bigbug is bonkers, for better or worse. Probably worse.
Judd Apatow tried something different in his first-ever Netflix comedy. The man who created a signature comedy style of films full of unfiltered, flawed characters took a risk that failed miserably with his new film, The Bubble. His latest comedy is a mess of tone, themes, shots, and poorly edited jokes that fall flat. In other words, what happens in the bubble should have stayed there.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
I cannot fathom the excuses made for Sam Raimi’s self-indulgent horror film that was made for children. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is Sam Raimi’s dull and utterly humorless entry into the MCU family. Why? It is simply full of boring unpleasantness. A strange blip in the Marvel filmography. This is a multiverse of Madness? More like lazy, mediocre, and clumsy misguidedness.
Only an Adam Sandler production can take Bounty Gate and make the well-documented situation into a children’s comedy. Even worse, the entire script brushes over the subject as if it was a misunderstanding. This is a redemption comedy where the father has no idea how bad he is and still does not by the movie’s end. Dull and painfully unfunny, Home Team is The Waterboy without the charm or Henry Winkler.
Ready Steady Cut film critic Kira Comerford so succinctly describes the film I had to share here. She writes, “Elsa Pataky getting rag-dolled for an hour and a half, with boredom and predictability thrown in for good measure. Interceptor induces eye-rolling to the point where you really have to suspend belief or risk going blind.”
Jurassic World: Dominion
It is almost shocking how little thought and care was put into what is being billed as the end of the Jurassic era in film. Jurassic World Dominion is so poorly thought out and written I may call it remarkable. You never thought it would be possible for a collective rooting for Blue and their offspring Beta to eat the cast. This is the only thought I held onto to get me through to the merciful end.
While my colleague Ricky Valero said this movie will make your heart smile, Kat Coiro’s rom-com made me pray for a run of asystole. A similar film, like Notting Hill, succeeded, where Marry Me does not. When you combine that the leads lack any natural chemistry (and a suddenly charmless Owen Wilson does not help matters), Coiro’s film’s sole purpose is to promote J.Lo and Maluma’s album. This is not so much a film as an utterly charmless infomercial.
Liam Neeson has clearly adopted the Nicolas Cage strategy of never passing on a script he did not, well, let us say the man just likes to work. Memory had loads of potential, but Martin Campbell abandoned a genuinely poignant unreliable narrator storyline for a drab third act that stretches credibility.
The Wrath of God
There are very few things I cannot stand more than a pretentious thriller. The Wrath of God (originally titled La Ira de Dios) is an Argentinian thriller that is more an elevated lifetime genre movie than anything substantial. The film has an over-inflated ego of self-importance with an alarming lack of subtext.
What’s on your list of the worst films of 2022 so far? Comment below.