Today is the 2 year anniversary of keithlovesmovies.com so to celebrate, let’s take a look back at the worst movies of 2017 so far. Everyone has started to publish their own lists but now it is my turn. Out of the 63 movies I’ve seen so far this year, here are the 10 worst movies I’ve seen so far this year.
*click the posters for links to reviews*
10. Underworld: Blood Wars
When you thought the series was over, here’s another one. This was the first of a theme of lazy cash ins on this list. It’s kind of annoying when they just throw a bunch of different elements at a story and none of it ever really works. This was poor execution from top to bottom from everyone involved. Beckinsale was okay but was let down by the rest of the movie.
9. A Cure for Wellness
This movie had no business being 2.5 hours. This was a weird movie for the sake of being weird but these movies can be divisive, either people like or hate it. Obviously consider me the latter. At least it was great to look at but the extended running time made it easy to lose interest as the plot never really made any sense.
8. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Time for another lazy cash in. The Pirates of the Caribbean series is still popular and this movie will probably do fine but there was absolutely nothing new or original here. Everything about this film was lazy, especially Depp who was just going through the motions as Sparrow. Fans of the series will eat this up but after 5 movies, it’s getting old and doesn’t look to end anytime soon.
7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
I hadn’t seen any movies in the series but after watching this one, that decision was justified. Again, nothing about this was original whatsoever and the cheesy dialogue and unfunny juvenile humor made it a chore to watch. At least it’s short so it moves quickly so the boredom won’t last too long. This movie felt better suited as a straight to video release instead of a wide theatrical one.
6. Power Rangers
This was the biggest disappointment this year for me. I’m a big Power Rangers fan but the film’s more serious tone felt forced and just didn’t work for me although I admit that I’m in the minority on this one. What also didn’t help was the cheesy story, terrible pacing, bad acting, and mediocre special effects. I still have hope that they can turn it around and I am still a fan.
The movie seemed to be more interested in being crude than actually telling a story which made it boring to watch. In most cases that would be fine but it just wasn’t funny. It started off promising and just got old very fast. The acting was decent but it could not overcome the mediocre writing, regardless of how likable Dwayne Johnson is. Not every TV show needs to be made into a movie.
4. The Mummy
Did this movie need to be made? Probably not but this movie was the worst of the lazy cash ins on this list, throwing many different elements at us that did not fit together at all. The production values were decent but what was on the screen was uninspired so it didn’t matter. Cruise and Crowe are big stars who sleepwalked through this one. If they didn’t care then why should we?
3. The Circle
This movie tried so hard to make a point but it failed miserably thanks to a contrived story, countless dangling subplots, mediocre writing, and underdeveloped characters that not even Emma Watson or Tom Hanks can save.
2. The Dinner
This was just an uncomfortable and pretentious mess of a movie with a convoluted story and extremely unlikable characters that not even a decent cast can save. It was much longer than it needed to be, making it a very frustrating watch if you can even make it to the end.
1. Song to Song
Why would a movie with a cast like this even be at the top of a list like this? Because it isn’t even a movie since there was no plot to be found. It was probably trying to be profound, however, was mostly a series of stares and internal monologues for no discernable reason. The film had a great cast and was nice to look at when the camera focused on the characters but it didn’t matter as their wasted performances were lifeless and wooden as was the rest of the movie for that matter.