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2015 / 103m - USA
Comedy, Fantasy
Goosebumps poster

Gulliver's Travels

2010 / 85m - USA
Comedy, Adventure
Gulliver's Travels poster

Pokémon Detective Pikachu

2019 / 104m - USA
Fantasy, Adventure
Pokémon Detective Pikachu poster

This could've been half-decent if they'd found a better voice actor for Pikachu. Reynolds is insufferable and ruins the entire film, which wasn't all that great to begin with. It's all a little too childish, the acting is generally poor and the plot is rather dumb. The Pokémon universe comes alive quite well, but that's not enough to save this film.

Shark Tale

2004 / 90m - USA
Comedy, Adventure - Animation
Shark Tale poster

Completely overshadowed by the release of Finding Nemo, looking back on both films that isn't too surprising. There is so very little here. Poor voice acting, dumb characters, a flimsy story and terrible jokes. At times, it felt more like a cheap TV cartoon instead of a blockbuster feature film. Not good at all.

Monsters vs. Aliens

2009 / 94m - USA
Comedy, Sci-fi - Animation
Monsters vs. Aliens poster

My goodness. I'm not a big Pixar fan, but I can see why they're generally considered the pinnacle of US CG animation: the competition is simply that much worse. Monsters vs. Aliens is supposed to be a comedy, but the jokes are so painfully bad that it feels disrespectful to other comedies to even call it that.

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These films also don't age very well. Monsters vs. Aliens is a decade old and looks cheap. Ugly character designs, poor detail and generic camera work make for an unappealing-looking film. That the problem with films that hope to get by on technical chops alone, you really need aesthetics if you want to last.

But it's the atrocious and desperate attempts to be funny that completely ruin this film. The comedy is mostly just loud. The jokes are very predictable and the running gags are annoying, adding insult to injury. 90 minutes doesn't sound very long, but when every single minute of it is painful to watch, it's pretty damn excruciating.