Few things in this world are more frustrating than buying tickets to a movie after watching trailers for months in anticipation and then getting severely traumatized by the large-scale display of heavily funded stupidity. With nothing better to do, you look around. At least others have popcorns. Your frustration turns to anger. Without a question of doubt, you want your money back.
But you are not getting it mate, so live with it. However, you can rant about it all you want. And that’s what we are going to do today.
We have a list of the biggest movie disappointments of the 2010s. There were many good films like ‘Joker’ that were beautifully crafted pieces of art, and then there were movies like ‘Robin Hood’ that could never justify their production budget. Okay, time to throw some dirt on Hollywood.
Fantastic Four (2015)
Watch if only you intend to ruin any good memory that you have of the Fantastic Four. Nothing about that movie was fantastic apart from its name. The weak storyline and abrupt sequences got the spaceship down to minus $60 Million loss.
You should rather watch a science simulation showing the destruction of planet earth. That’s the story of the movie, planet earth being destroyed by the forces of nature triggered by man-made satellites. ‘Forces of nature triggered by man-made satellites,’ that doesn’t sound right, does it? For mistakes like that, you pay $70 Million.
Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
Even James Bond (Daniel Craig) & Hans Solo (Harrison Ford) couldn’t save this movie from a box office disaster. It has a ‘Tremors’ feel to it, but with much less originality. Frankly speaking, aliens have their classic movies, and cowboys have their separate Hollywood blockbusters. There was no need for this wild mashup. Well partners, next time you plan to embark on such a creative adventure, don’t forget the $80 Million hit you took!
Jupiter Ascending (2015)
With a Rotten Tomatoes score of 27%, it’s safe to say that Jupiter Ascending has successfully descended in the ranks of Hollywood. It is directed by the Wachowskis, known for their direction of ‘The Matrix.’ The sci-fi plot of the movie wasn’t that bad, but over-spending and late changes in the production resulted in a reported loss of over $100 Million.
Monster Trucks (2016)
Monster Trucks was targeted toward kids. It could be called a less popular version of ‘Autobots’ from the ‘Transformer’ series, which, however, does not have kids as its target audience. In an age where most of the movies that are made for kids are animated, Monster Trucks kept it real. And with no link to any Nickelodeon or Disney character, the film could not do well. Lack of expression in acting along with everything else delivered a crushing blow of $115 Million.
Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)
Good clean story with no blood! What more could a family ask for when to comes to movies?
Nevertheless, this simple and sweet fairytale movie couldn’t contain production cost and changes. Even the director got changed during the production. If that’s not enough to tell the tale, try absorbing the $140 Million loss it suffered.
Mars Needs Moms (2011)
A Disney movie with an RT score of 37%. The first thing to take care of when you are making an animated movie is ANIMATION. And Disney proactively messed it up in their attempt to do motion capture rather than utilizing traditional hand-drawn methodology. So, an animated film with terrible animation delivers a bomb of $140 Million.
How can you possibly make a Hugh Jackman movie go down like that? Well, you make a straightforward plot of a well-known story ‘Peter Pan,’ do mediocre acting, and release the film during summers when there are a plethora of family-friendly films all competing for their box office share. That’s how you end up with an RT score of 27% and a net loss of $150 Million.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)
Please stop making more King Arthur movies. People have already seen many adaptations and know the story in-and-out. Let the King and the producers rest in peace, after a loss of $150 Million.
47 Ronin (2013)
Keanu Reeves, fresh plot, proven story, all eaten up by unnecessary CGI monsters. The movie could have done well if it wasn’t for the bird-like monk and the cat lady. The rest of the fate was sealed by top-notch competing films like The Wolf of Wall Street and The Hobbit Sequel. $175 Million lost!
Mortal Engines (2018)
Honestly speaking, the narrative was way too confusing. There was no star power to cover it up. Also, ‘Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse’ ate up all the family movie share. Reported loss: A whopping $179 Million.
The Lone Ranger (2013)
Although we all love Johnny Depp, we still couldn’t convince ourselves to like this movie. Simply put, ‘The Lone Ranger’ had a bad script with a lot of drag that made it utterly boring to watch. Out of control production costs added to the misery, resulting in a reported loss of $190 Million.
John Carter (2012)
Although this movie has somewhat a better RT score of 57% as compared to other films on the list, it is considered one of the biggest movie bombs of the last decade. Lack of star power, uneven pace, and too many special effects couldn’t make the movie stand out as the producers wanted. With a high production cost, this movie suffered a tremendous loss of $200 Million.
The trick is to let everyone in your circle watch new releases first, wait for spoilers, and then download the low-quality torrents to watch it on your mini laptop. That’s the only way you can save yourself from the disappointment of buying a movie ticket that wasn’t worth it. If you think that’s too low even for your standards, then my dear friend, try going through some reviews before planning a movie night, and then if you feel like watching it, watch it. It’s that simple!