Movie and TV disappointments for 2022, from ‘The Rings of Power’ to ‘Morbius’


The problem with disappointment is that it requires certain expectations and enthusiasm, which saves something like Mike Myers’ awful Netflix series “The Pentaverate” from further abuse (okay, maybe a little) on this year-end list.

Yet 2022 was filled with movies and TV shows armed with past recognition, devoted fanbases, past track records, or just intriguing creative pedigrees and casts that for some reason didn’t perform as well as hoped.

Here, then, are some of the year’s biggest disappointments, presented in no particular order, except they start with movies before transitioning to TV. To recap, it hasn’t been a great year for anti-heroes or fifth seasons of Emmy-winning dramas.


The combination of director David O. Russell and a star-studded cast led by Christian Bale, Margot Robbie and John David Washington couldn’t save this tangled historical piece whose message about the dangers of the military-industrial complex has been obscured by the uneven tone.


Jared Leto seemed like the right choice to play Marvel’s anti-hero vampire, but the anemia movie ended in more ways than one.

“The Gray Man”

Another film whose creative pedigree and casting far outweighed its rewards, with Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans and Ana de Armas (who doubled the Netflix disappointments with “Blonde”) teaming up with the Russo brothers (“Avengers: Endgame”) for an expensive action vehicle with a malnourished story. (De Armas, in particular, came close to doubling with another Netflix movie, “Blonde,” though expectations weren’t quite as high, despite her own stellar performance.)

Dwayne Johnson played the title role in DC's

“Black Adam”

Dwayne Johnson’s star power couldn’t elevate any other DC anti-hero, in a movie that blunted his charisma and seemingly squandered a chance to introduce the Justice Society of America. Despite teasing a sequel that no longer appears to be in the immediate cards.


Even with a relatively low bar for live-action versions of Disney animated classics, this reteaming of director Robert Zemeckis and Tom Hanks — whose collaboration has previously resulted in films like “Forrest Gump” and “Cast Away” — managed to fall short.

Unknown are Boniadi (Bronwyn) and Ismael Cruz Córdova (Arondir).

“The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” (Amazon Prime video): Expectations play a big part here, as this ambitious prequel to JRR Tolkien’s saga (and Peter Jackson’s wonderful film trilogy) wasn’t bad, exactly, just boring, especially when compared to Peter Jackson’s film trilogy. While the epic and much-discussed budget certainly translated to the screen, the characters didn’t make the cut. “The Rings of Power” had its admirers and its grandeur reflects Amazon’s huge investment and dedication to the project. While all of that made it hard to ignore, watching it to the end caused more boredom than enthusiasm.

“Moon Knight” (Disney+): Oscar Isaac’s multiple personality hero might have been a hard sell under the best of circumstances, but in a mixed year for the Marvel series on Disney+, it was the least satisfying of the bunch, feeling unnecessarily bizarre even before getting started. talking hippo.

Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt

“The First Lady” (Showtime): A stellar cast including Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer and Gillian Anderson as former First Ladies Michelle Obama, Betty Ford and Eleanor Roosevelt couldn’t salvage this disappointing Showtime series, wasting what could have been (and indeed was foreseen as orphans) an ongoing franchise.

“The wife of the time traveler” (HBO): HBO’s series adaptation of the hit book never quite got over the “ick” factor associated with the time-traveling relationship between the protagonists played by Rose Leslie and Theo James, though it did give the latter the chance to spend an inordinate amount of money spend time running around naked. Thankfully, James fared significantly better in his other 2022 contribution to the network, “The White Lotus.”

Dominic West as Prince Charles and Elizabeth Debicki as Diana in Season 5 of

“The Crown” Season 5 (Netflix): Reloaded with new players starring, Netflix’s usually tantalizing glimpse into the lives of the royal family delivered its clumsiest season yet, with some mind-boggling detours along the way. Then again, maybe those shortcomings felt more pronounced after the Emmy-winning heights achieved in Season 4.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” season 5 (Hulu): Hulu’s groundbreaking series remained very timely in the context of the Supreme Court ruling on abortion rights, but the show’s downward creative trajectory has accelerated since its first two seasons as it moves further away from the book that inspired it, juggling bows. in the US and Canada, as well as Gilead. Part-victim of a multi-season order that slowed its pace, the prospect of concluding the show with its sixth season offers hope for greater narrative urgency and reclaiming its place among TV’s best dramas.

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