Nix’s 10 Most Disappointing Movies of 2011

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Cowboys and Aliens

Cowboys + aliens = fun! It should be, yeah, but director Jon Favreau doesn’t quite seem to know if he wants to make a campy action-adventure movie or a gritty Western that, for some reason, aliens show up in. I have no problems with genre mashing, but “Cowboys and Aliens” just never really clicks. Of course, it could just be the ludicrous nature of watching guys with six-shooters battling CGI aliens, and doing it with a serious face, that threw me off. The biggest disappointment with “Cowboys and Aliens” is just what a good Western it could have been. Casting a solid, but very dour hero in Daniel Craig lends itself to a serious Western, but not one where there are aliens flying around in ships. Definitely the biggest misfire of the year, and ultimately one of the more ill-conceived “high concept” films in a long time.

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    I agree with just about everything other than Immortals and Green Lantern, though it seems I am in the minority given word on the street lol! I thought Immortals was as cohesive if not more than most films of the genre. I would condemn others who use the term “Visionary” wayyy before Tarsem Singh. Green Lantern was disappointing to me only in the fact that it was an origin and wanted to see Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool, or more importantly, As Wally West, the flash. I thought it set good groundwork for a kick ass sequel which is the downfall of all origin stories in a franchise. Everything else I am with you on. As I said before, Great post. I would love to go back and forth with you on a movie review. If only we could to an “Mst3k” like viewing/review of immortals. That would be kick-ass.

    P.s. The Thing Prequel just made me happy because All i could think about while watching it was how badass it would be to see those monsters/ necromorphs in a Dead Space film.

  • LionHeart

    Wait, I Am Number Four? Really? That was anticipated to some degree?


      anticipated but not received well at all. Besides the wire work, which was fantastic, the movie was not good by any means.

  • Justin Kenna

    Totally agree with you. Though, I can’t help but still enjoy the Green Lantern movie. It is so much fun to be mentally absorbed into that universe.

    My top two are On Stranger Tides, and Cowboys and Aliens.

    Haven’t seen The Thing yet; waiting to rent it. But lol to your short review of it. That’s all I’m going to be thinking about while watching it. TAKE OFF THE FRIGGEN COAT!

  • Dedpool

    I to have to agree with most of these, but I like TSTI and Justin enjoyed GL. I think the anticipation and the visuals really helped but thereally fumbled on the script, and had they stayed closer the animated film “First Flight” which played like “Training Day” in space. How could that go wrong? The rest of these movies had a lot if potential and they just fell short, or didn’t execute it well.

  • Tin Hoang

    Also, I don’t think Abduction was really anticipated in the first place. That was going to be turd right of the chute.