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Great casts, bad films

- Contributors

Where is it written that great casts are a guarantee for great films? Probably nowhere, and by now the examples that would disprove even the most convinced are there for all to see, shown in cinemas all over the world. In the promotion stages, in addition to some sketchy information about the plot, the cast is one of the bells that raises the anticipation around films, with the risk of a nosedive and a flop at the box office. This will probably not be the case for Christopher Nolan, who is always reliable but for his Oppenheimer (due out in 2023) has already announced the participation of Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, Rami Malek, Cillian Murphy and Benny Safdie. Still, it pays to be prepared for the worst.
Here’s a list of films in which a few great actors weren’t enough to fix a watered-down plot, in which the stars managed to blend together so poorly that the dialogues seemed like so many small, inconclusive monologues.

House of Gucci (2021)

A striking example of how the names of the cast often resonate more than the film: House of Gucci was talked about a lot before it arrived in cinemas and very little once it was released, not a good sign.

Dont’ Look Up (2021)

Landed on Netflix at Christmas, the undoubted brilliance of DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep and all the others failed to convince us, but for more on that read our thoughts on it which you can find HERE.

The French Dispatch (2021)

We are not rejecting Wes Anderson’s latest film in its entirety, but in many scenes we wondered whether the presence of famous faces such as Benicio del Toro, Williem Dafoe and others was really necessary or whether it was used to make the trailer achieve millions of views in a few hours.

The Prom (2020) 

Ryan Murphy-directed musical starring Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman and many others that fails to even reach a 6/10 in IMDb’s ratings.

Ocean’s 8 (2018)

The stellar cast of this female-driven spin-off of Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s trilogy doesn’t convince anyone. Of course, replacing George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and the others without losing quality was a tall order.

Mortdecai (2015) 

Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany, Ewan McGregor and Jeff Goldblum together, yet you see Mortdecai once and wish you had never watched it.

Movie 43 (2013)

4% on Rotten Tomatoes. Nothing more needs to be said.

Alexander (2004) 

One of the few cases in which a great cast is put at the service of a great story, as are the exploits of Alexander the Great. Unfortunately, the result almost borders on a parody of an episode of Ulysses – The Pleasure of Discovery.

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