As much as we may hate doing it, sometimes we all have to admit that we were wrong. That being said, not many confessions can feel quite as embarrassing as having to admit to everyone that a film you thought was "perfect" was actually far from it.
This normally happens because, while some films in a beloved series can be crushed by fan expectations, others have fans setting the bar way too low.
It seems that all these latter films have to do is scatter some tense moments to stop audiences from getting bored, bathe in nostalgia and go all-out action in the final act. And boom, it's successful, at least at the box office.
But once the dust settles, and the initial hype slowly fades away, fans can start to see these films for what they are. It's only after multiple re-watches and time to digest that some flaws become too big to ignore. And the cheap tricks used to get fans onside initially won't be enough to offset the many, many problems that now make the film hard to sit through.
It's normal to feel betrayed in these circumstances, so let's all vent our frustrations together at these cinematic charlatans.
10. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Both Parts)
The conclusion to the series that virtually revitalised the young adult book adaptation trend should've been miles better really. Riding high from the ultra-successful Catching Fire and especially that cliffhanger, all eyes were on Mockingjay to deliver on the wrap-up.
Shifting from Battle Royale scenarios to propaganda wars and political intrigue, the payoff witnessing Katniss taking down the big wigs in the Capitol would be enough for some.
But under slightly more scrutiny, the decision to follow the money by splitting the final book in two parts was its downfall. While it may suit something like Harry Potter with a behemoth of a book to adapt from, shorter ones like Mockingjay really didn't warrant it.
That meant a lot of filler was put in to pad out the runtime, absolutely decimating the pacing of both films. This included jamming in several new characters, to the point that no one outside Katniss is given enough time to make their mark with audiences.
Even more egregiously, some of these characters were even built up in the first part only to be completely ignored in the second. Unsurprisingly and gladly, the unnecessary book splitting trend seemed to die down after this fiasco.