Thankfully, June was a pretty stellar month for film. The month was filled with great films such as Wonder Woman, The Big Sick, and Baby Driver. Hell, even Captain Underpants was incredibly entertaining! However, every month has its stinkers, no matter how good its best movies are at the end of the day. Below are the worst movies of June 2017:
#3: Rough Night
Rough Night is by no means an abomination, but it may commit one of the biggest sins a movie can make by being largely unmemorable.
There’s a pretty fun premise here circling around a group of women accidently killing a stripper and trying to dispose of the body and avoid police detection. For the first thirty minutes, Rough Night is actually a funny romp with outlandish charactes that do some stupidly funny things at the expense of each other.
The problem is that once the stripper is actually killed, the film fails to be funny on a consistent basis. The film actually turns into a pseudo-crime caper that gets fairly dark. This would have been fine, except this part of the story is pretty forgettable. So, we have a comedy that doesn’t fully live up to its comedic premise combined with a less than stellar crime portion.
In the end, Rough Night just isn’t very funny. A lot of its issues with the film could have been could have been forgotten about if the film was good for for a few belly laughs.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 48%
Metacritic Score: 51
MovieBabble Score: C+
*To read my full review of Rough Night, please click here.
#2: The Mummy
The Mummy had aspirations of starting Universal’s Dark Universe with interconnected movies based on the old Universal Monsters. The problem is that they forgot to make a convincing movie to support an extended universe of films.
The action in The Mummy is pretty neat, headlined by an airplane crash that used very limited CGI. Every Tom Cruise action vehicle has top-notch stunts that can rival any other film.
The problems in The Mummy lie within its story composition. It’s so concerned with making a universe full of films that it sacrifices making a cohesive storyline. Everything about the movie is just a jumbled mess. It feels like a studio executive exclaimed, “What do people like these days? Ohh, I know!” Then, he proceeded to throw in random movie elements that have worked far better in other franchises.
I hate to single people out, but the main culprit behind this movie’s putridity may be director Alex Kurtzman. He’s done some solid work in his career. But, what was his last writing credit? That would be The Amazing Spider-Man 2 which suffered from similar world building issues. That begs the question, why hire this man to start out your cinematic universe when he’s had problems with that in the past?
Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 15%
Metacritic Score: 34
MovieBabble Score: D+
*To read my full review of The Mummy, please click here.
#1: Transformers: The Last Knight
I think we can all agree that we don’t expect an Oscar-worthy script from a Transformers movie. So, just because the plot of Transformers: The Last Knight isn’t very clear is not a good reason to hate the film.
But what’s the main reason for this film being an atrocity? It’s the fact that it’s unbelievably lazy. The entire movie screams of the studio not caring about the final product because they know that it’ll turn a serious profit once it’s all said and done.
Michael Bay gets a lot of flack for his films, and a lot of it is warranted. But he has hit a new low with this film. Paramount has given him final cut on the film, so it’s only wise to blame him for a lot of the film’s problems. Not only is The Last Knight horribly edited, it has some of the worst humor that a movie has had in quite some time. Michael Bay should be embarrassed for some of the jokes that are in this film.
Luckily, The Last Knight is by far the lowest grossing movie in the franchise thus far, so maybe some changes will be made moving forward because let’s face it, a sixth film is definitely on the horizon.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 15%
Metacritic Score: 28
MovieBabble Score: F
*To read my full review of Transformers: The Last Knight, please click here.
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