If you’ve been following MovieBabble, then you already know that a certain film including emojis is one of the worst things to ever come to the big screen. However, there were other stinkers that filled up the past month as well. Below are the worst movies of July 2017. Proceed with caution.
#3: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Luc Besson’s Valerian isn’t an abysmal failure. Some of the things he does with special effects are mind-blowing in how they nest worlds within worlds. Movies can’t just throw spectacle at audiences these days and expect them to be captivated. Valerian goes one step forward by making everything wholly inventive and creative.
However, where Valerian falters is its storytelling and overall story structure. Right around when Rihanna shows up, the movie completely falls apart. The story feels like a video game, taking away from the main storyline to go on side quests that have absolutely nothing to do with main story. The run time of Valerian is over two hours, but only about an hour and twenty minutes is devoted to the actual conflict.
The worst part of Valerian may be the budding relationship between the two leads, Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne. Not since Christian Grey and Anatasia Steele have we had a relationship with less chemistry. For this relationship alone, Valerian deserves a spot among the worst movies of July 2017.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 51%
Metacritic Score: 51
MovieBabble Score: C-
*To read my full review of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, please click here.
#2: Wish Upon
Wish Upon is a horrible, horrible movie. Luckily for everyone, it’s the correct type of bad.
This movie is unintentionally funny in the best way possible. As it tries to set up these elaborate kills and circumstances for the characters, editing choices paired with pretty awful acting leads to some laugh out loud moments. If you watch this film, you will be entertained if you go into it with the right frame of mind, even if it wasn’t the way the creative team behind the project intended.
That being said, Wish Upon is still really, really bad. I guess there was potential around this movie’s premise with a demon wishing box granting wishes to Joey King with a price, but it’s told without the slightest amount of energy or intelligence.
While watching this movie, you get the sense that a bunch of studio executives came together and tried to figure out how teenagers act these days and then threw it into a movie. Your result is a film filled with stupid dialogue, fake bullies, and a rip-off of Pokemon Go. Ugh.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 18%
Metacritic Score: 32
MovieBabble Score: D-
*To read my full review of Wish Upon, please click here.
#1: The Emoji Movie
This piece of trash is the leader in the club house for the worst movie of the year.
The Emoji Movie is getting a ton of flack just for its premise (which is well-deserved) from people who haven’t even seen the movie. However, The Emoji Movie is truly a terrible movie just for its messages that it gives to kids. This “film” is filled with ideas like “face-to-face interaction is never a good idea” or ” do your best to fit in with the crowd rather than stand out.”
There is zero joy in this film. Rather than a colorful romp with zany characters filling the screen, executives at Sony Pictures were more focused on obtaining extra funding through blatant advertisement of various apps such as Candy Crush, Instagram, and Snapchat.
There’s nothing for kids here. Period. The Emoji Movie is truly the worst of the worst movies of July 2017.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 7%
Metacritic Score: 12
MovieBabble Score: F
*To read my full review of The Emoji Movie, please click here.
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