Ror's Best & Worst Of 2013 Part 2

We've had the best, now here's the fun stuff! What follows are the 5 CBM related movies I feel were, if not the worst, then at least the most disappointing of 2013. Click on to see if you agree/disagree and as always have your say in the comments section.

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 12/30/2013
Because most of this year's "true" comic book based movies thankfully fell in to the best of list, we are left with a bunch of movies that we covered on the site for various CBM related reasons. Also, although this is a "worst of" list, not all of the following are terrible..in fact some are even quite watchable, I would just consider them a big disappointment given their potential.

5) THE LONE RANGER



I really didn't hate The Lone Ranger at all, and actually thought twice about putting it on this list..but it just about scrapes the 5 spot over RED 2 which I had more fun with. This is a strange one though: Part goofy buddy movie, part serious (at times quite violent) drama with yet another "quirky" character for Johnny Depp to annoy us with. The different tones never gel, and despite a pretty good performance from Armie Hammer, his Lone Ranger is too much of a toolbag to ever root for. The finale set piece is definitely worth a watch though.

4) PACIFIC RIM



This might be a controversial one, as Guillermo del Toro's monster mash was pretty popular overall with fans and critics..but not with me I'm afraid. I didn't think it was a complete write off to be fair - the Kaiju/Jaeger scraps are pretty damn incredible to behold..but the rest? From the limping, stuffy Brit scientist to the arrogant young pilot you just know is gonna come good in the end, the human characters are a blight on this film. I have read all manner of excuses for this horseshit from critics and bloggers but the bottom line is this: Regardless of genre, director, writer -- you either care about things like acting and characterization or you don't. Just because this is a movie about giants hacking lumps out of each other it makes them no less important, in fact I'd argue it makes them more so. If you're only concern is visual spectacle, Pacific Rim delivers, but I wanted more.

3) WORLD WAR Z



If all Pacific Rim had going for it were the Kaiju/Jaeger beatdowns, at least it had them - the closest thing this bore has is a swarm of CG skinny people pretending to be zombies. Brad Pitt may be good in the lead but it's a thankless role, and we're never allowed to get to to know any of the other characters well enough to care about them. There are a couple of interesting ideas that are touched on -- no doubt echoes of the geopolitical themes of the novel -- but never explored properly, and ultimately this muted, bloodless (in every sense) affair is just too afraid to be a full-on zombie movie and not interesting enough to be anything else.

R.I.P.D.



I actually had some hope for this after a decent enough trailer and because it stars one of my favorite actors (Jeff Bridges), but it really is a mess. To be fair, it's probably not QUITE as bad as many critics would have you believe (13% on RT seems a tad harsh), but ultimately it's just too formulaic and takes itself far too seriously given its silly premise. You will struggle to keep watching after an hour.


G.I. JOE: RETALIATION



Sometimes a movie can overcome its shortcomings by really excelling in some particular way. It happens a lot with certain types of action flicks - you just get hammered into submission with the sheer level of inventive carnage on display, and even though you find yourself stifling a laugh every time anyone opens their mouth, you wind up having fun regardless. GI JOE: Retaliation is not one of those movies. An unintentionally hilarious pile of rubbish, one of the dumbest movies I've ever seen, and officially my worst CBM related flick of 2013.
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SuperCat - 12/30/2013, 10:35 AM
Saw "The Lone Ranger" on Saturday. What a piece of sh@t.
xfactor - 12/30/2013, 10:35 AM
HATED WWZ! PURE CRAP
xfactor - 12/30/2013, 10:36 AM
@ supercat you musta been bored on saturday brother!
JoeMomma29 - 12/30/2013, 10:36 AM
@ SuperCat

LMAO! I just saw it on Saturday as well.......and to me the first half of the movie was good and then it took a turn for $hitsville!
xfactor - 12/30/2013, 10:38 AM
i couldn't sit thru wwz, i tried and shut that shit off about an hr in. Went right back to watching arrow lol
xfactor - 12/30/2013, 10:38 AM
damn ror, was pacific rim REALLY that bad?
JoeMomma29 - 12/30/2013, 10:39 AM
As far as World WarZ and Pacific Rim, well those were good popcorn flicks.
SuperCat - 12/30/2013, 10:39 AM
LOL!! @ xfactor

Yep!
ALmazing - 12/30/2013, 10:39 AM
Pacific Rim does not deserve to be in that list IMO.
Hellsboy - 12/30/2013, 10:40 AM
Pacific rim was pretty cool, but wwz should be one it was so illogical and predictable I really hated it
xfactor - 12/30/2013, 10:40 AM
@ joemomma, i couldn't buy the fake horror aspect it was trying to go with man, i just couldn't.
@ supercat i know how it is, one of them lame redbox rental nights lmao
Superior - 12/30/2013, 10:40 AM
I didn't like Pacific Rim that much either.
CrimsonFlash - 12/30/2013, 10:40 AM
I thought after a let down of a summer CBM wise I really enjoyed pacific rim.
SuperCat - 12/30/2013, 10:40 AM
@ Joe

I agree! Thought I'd give it a chance. Glad I borrowed that DVD and didn't buy it.
CPBuff22 - 12/30/2013, 10:42 AM
Pacific Rim wasn't only a fun movie but one of the most visually stunning movies to come out this year. You can really see that when comparing the Blu-ray 3D version to that of The Hobbit, Avengers, Iron Man 3, Man of Steel, & Prometheus in the same format. The only thing I found disappointing about Pacific Rim is that it didn't make more money in theaters.

My 5 Most Disappointing Movies of 2013:

1. Man Of Steel
2. A Good Day to Die Hard
3. World War Z
4. Hangover 3
5. Iron Man 3

Now those were not necessarily the worst movies... but they are the ones that had the highest expectations that failed to live up to them.
RorMachine - 12/30/2013, 10:43 AM
Pacific Rim was just soooo disappointing for me, rather than being outright bad. I had fun with the giant monster/robot stuff but that's it.
Superior - 12/30/2013, 10:43 AM
Hmm, maybe I have to watch it again.
TonyMasters - 12/30/2013, 10:43 AM
I won't bother with Lone Ranger...
Superior - 12/30/2013, 10:44 AM
Ror

Agreed. And those two scientists were annoying.
xfactor - 12/30/2013, 10:44 AM
my main beef about wwz is you can't sell a zombie movie and not have any real horror elements to it other than cheap surprises/thrills. No gore? c'mon man.
xfactor - 12/30/2013, 10:45 AM
damn...I was really looking forward to pacific rim too...
DrunkenNukem - 12/30/2013, 10:46 AM
i liked pacific rim...i really enjoy that movie
SuperCat - 12/30/2013, 10:46 AM
"Pacific Rim" was actually my second place favorite this year.
CSA - 12/30/2013, 10:51 AM
Complains about the Human Characters in Pacific Rim makes it number #4 of the worst movies. Yet Places Man of Steel in the best of 2013. Something is seriously wrong about that picture.
MrCBM56 - 12/30/2013, 10:52 AM
I loved WWZ. I thought it was great. I didn't read the book, maybe that's why?
xfactor - 12/30/2013, 10:52 AM
here we go...doggin man of steel as it still is the hardest/baddest movie out of all that dropped this year...smh.
xfactor - 12/30/2013, 10:53 AM
yea sure, no substance...just flash...iron man 3 should be up for best picture in that regard, right?
marantaz - 12/30/2013, 10:54 AM
That's a solid Bottom 5 there, Ror. Kind of a 5 way tie, really.

Overall, I give 2013 a C+ for CBM's...nothing mind-blowing and the bad was bad enough to almost hurt the genre. 2014 will have to do better.
Gamera623 - 12/30/2013, 10:55 AM
Pacific Rim is my first place best movie I saw this year...followed by Thor 2.

I need to see the second Hobbit though to be sure if PR will be my official 2013 #1
Nomis - 12/30/2013, 11:01 AM
The Lone Ranger has some moments of inspiration...but for the most part it was a disapointment! Great casting though.

Pacific Rim was entertaining because it was just what it was advertise to be...A movie where Giant Monsters fright Giant Robots! Nuff said!

Didn't see World War ZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz...

I hated R.I.P.D. when I first saw it, thinking it trying too hard to be 'Men in Black' mixed with 'GhostBuster" but with each repeat viewing I find myslelf enjoying it more and LOL moe and more!

I mean c'mon...Jeff Bridge corpse got Skull**** by a coyot'! LOL!!!!!!

G.I.Joe 2 was even worst than the first one. At least the first one was entertaining.
Gibman - 12/30/2013, 11:02 AM
WWZ!!!!! The only movie this summer with real integrity and it's on your worst list?!?!?
xfactor - 12/30/2013, 11:03 AM
certain scenes were flawed in part of goyers writing yes, but for the most part it was still bad ass. iron man 3 completely shitted on the series period. i mean pepper potts got an armored suit? gtfo here with that nonsense. i expected way more after the avengers and it didn't deliver.PERIOD.
Wildaniel - 12/30/2013, 11:03 AM
G.I. JOE: RETALIATION WAS AWESOME!
Wildaniel - 12/30/2013, 11:04 AM
But it needed the real Destro, Baroness, and Scarlet.
xfactor - 12/30/2013, 11:04 AM
R.i.p.d./wwz were all giant wastes of money.
xfactor - 12/30/2013, 11:06 AM
and the lone ranger as well.
SuperCat - 12/30/2013, 11:06 AM
WWZ wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. The ending was stupid though. Regret seeing that bullsh@t, "G.I. Joe: Regurgitation."
CSA - 12/30/2013, 11:06 AM
Man of Steel was a terrible movie the best line in the whole film was out of a comic book. Cavil doesn't get to do anything with the character he's just a cardboard cutout whose attributes are basically inferred from the character's 75 year old history with an adapted dad who we're suppose to care about. The said father is ok with a bunch of kid just drowning on a school bus and kills himself when his son is perfectly capable of saving him in one the lamest attempt for a movie trying to take itself too seriously.
Spidey10 - 12/30/2013, 11:08 AM
Man of Steel is the ROMO of comic book movies....People either like Man of Steel or hated it there is no Middle Ground
thewonderer - 12/30/2013, 11:10 AM
I swear the Man of Steel haters sound like they kill puppies for a living.

Doesn't help that most of them have Marvel avatars or no avatars.
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