Like fine wine, a handful of thespians seem to get better and better with age. Kate Winslet appears to fit that mold as she’s grown into one of the finest actresses of modern cinema as she’s appeared in several critical and financially successful movies. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s all been a bed of roses for her throughout her career, and some movies have proven to be absolute trash, earning both critical and fan ridicule.
So, with that in mind, and with the hope that she never appears in a movie or TV show of similar ilk ever again, here are some Kate Winslet movies that might make great contenders as some of the worst productions put on the big screen.
When Pulp Fiction came out, it popularized a new form of storytelling where different stories and perspectives were intertwined while focusing on the individuals themselves. However, so many movies have tried to emulate that same formula over the years with mixed results. In the case of Movie 43, it fell flat on its head, being labeled as perhaps one of the worst movies ever made, curiously starring Kate Winslet in a leading role.
There’s a combination of different stories, such as a blind date, a man’s Kafkaesque experience with healthcare professionals, and a superhero dating convention. None of these strike a chord with the audience, and if you watch the movie, it seems the actors in it were unsure of what they were doing in it in the first place.
A Kid in King Arthur’s Court
Time travel stories can be a dual-edged sword. If they’re told and executed well, they can turn into classics like the Back to the Future franchise. However, in the instances when everything misfires, you’re left with a mess like A Kid in King Arthur’s Court. It’s about a violent earthquake that strikes the coast of Southern California. It opens up a time warp through some complicated mechanism, and teenager Calvin is transported to the Middle Ages in Camelot.
He finds himself in the middle of a political civil war as the Machiavellian Lord Belasco is attempting to win over the throne from King Arthur. As cliched as it may be, Calvin ends up falling in love with King Arthur’s daughter, played by Kate Winslet, in a story that might make you wonder if she’s the same actress that appeared in Titanic a year late.
All the King’s Men
All the King’s Men is a gritty political commentary that would’ve been a resounding critical success if the storyline had managed to use the talents of its stellar cast to their maximum potential. Instead, what we get is a movie struggling to find a cohesive narrative. Willie Stark runs in and wins the race to be Louisiana’s governor. An idealist at the start, his lofty morals soon find themselves sidelined when he realizes the sheer extent of corruption within the state.
His right-hand man, Jack Burden, responsible for Willie’s meteoric rise owing to his research prowess, reminds Willie of why they began their campaign in the first place as the stress of the governorship strains their friendship. Kate Winslet plays the role of Anne, Jack’s love interest in the movie, where she’s on-screen for barely a couple of minutes, highlighting how poorly the screenwriters used an actress of her talent in the film.
Collateral Beauty is an exception on this list since it’s a good movie with an excellent storyline, an excellent cast, with the pacing and editing ultimately letting the film down. It’s also a movie that anyone that’s witnessed a personal tragedy can relate to.
The story’s central focus is Howard Inlet, a business owner that’s just gone through a personal tragedy. Still dealing with his emotional trauma, he writes letters to Love, Time, and Death, pleading with them to answer his questions. He’s surprised when they respond. But unknown to him, it’s all a move by his business partner in a move to create suspicions about his mental health and take control of his company.
Ironically, Kate Winslet has appeared in two movies that try their best to emulate the Pulp Fiction formula, failing both times miserably. Like Movie 43, Wonder Wheel is like anthropology, in which various characters have their own stories that happen to intertwine with the other characters.
However, Wonder Wheel has some distinct characteristics since it’s based in 150s Coney Island. With a former actress, a dead-beat husband, a young tenant with dreams to be a playwright, and the couple’s long-estranged daughter, the primary characters, their lives should be a lot closer than they are…and yet, it’s their distance from one another that makes the movie a compelling watch…if only to witness just how bad it is.