Whether featured in a great film or a terrible one, these characters undoubtedly make their movies worse. You can blame it on poor writing or bad acting, but whatever the case may be, their movies suffer as a result. Here are the year's 5 worst characters!
Worst Character Nominees:
Two years in a row, Aaron Taylor-Johnson has found himself nominated for Worst Character in the 5MMG Awards. In Age of Ultron, he wasn't only an annoying pest for the Avengers, but also for the audience, with his poor acting and even worse accent. He may have cool powers, but otherwise I found him unlikeable in every way.
Will someone explain to me how everybody hates Anakin in the prequels for being a whiny teenager, yet they love Kylo Ren for being an even bigger, whiny teenager? Worse is that Kylo is an adult! This 30 year-old man child redefines what it means to be emo, and he's a crappy dark side warrior to boot. As if he wasn't awful enough, Abrams lets him do the unforgivable. Ugh! Why?!
Sandra Bullock's "Calamity Jane" Bodine really tested my patience. She bounces back and forth between serious and silly so much that I could hardly stand her. She'll go from being an amazing political strategist one minute to being a totally quirky oddball the next. Bullock's comedy act stinks. It's frustrating, it's irritating, and most of all, it's NOT funny!
Rocky movies are known for their memorable opponents. Conlan however, won't be one of them. While it may seem convenient to cast a real-life boxer in the role of the opposing boxing champ, it becomes problematic when they can't really act. Outside of the ring, Conlan's a cringe-worthy bad character who failed to make any impression or impact on me other than annoyance.
I don't think Whitey Bulger in Black Mass is supposed to be laughable, but that's what he was to me. The film tries so hard to villainize him that he practically becomes a caricature of evil. He's made to look so demonic that he ends up looking inhuman and completely silly. Plus the way the film contrasts his brutality with sensitivity makes him feel disingenuous.
And the Winner Is...
Avengers: Age of Ultron
...And two years in a row, Aaron Taylor-Johnson wins my Worst Character of the Year award. I think I'm really starting to dislike the guy. It's not really personal, but in the two films I've seen him in, I've found him to be dreadful. Maybe he's not entirely to blame for the horridness of Quicksilver. After all I kind of hated Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch too. Still, I thought his character ended up being annoying and stupid, and a significant downgrade from the Quicksilver seen in last year's X-Men: Days of Future Past. Aside from one cool action sequence near the end of the movie, he was a complete letdown. The ending of the movie makes me feel like even Marvel must have realized how lousy of a character they made. I better not see you here again next year, Aaron Taylor-Johnson! If you manage three years in a row, then it WILL be personal!