Many films from the 2010s were huge ratings hits and are fondly remembered today as would-be classics, ranging from Tim Burton’s adaptation of Alice in Wonderland to the hit Disney movie Frozen. However, for every success of the 2010s, there were more than a few flops scattered throughout the decade.
These movies missed the mark with audiences thanks to poor storytelling, whitewashing, horrible CGI effects, and infidelity to the source material. Despite being less than 15 years old, these movies have already aged poorly.
Updated on November 17, 2022 by Mayra García: As time passes and culture changes, the movies people used to love are looked at in a new, often unflattering light. The audience’s perspective on movies changes, turning once-loved movies into uncomfortable reminders of the past.
15/15 Alice Through the Looking Glass was a flop (2016)
The sequel to Disney’s live-action Alice in Wonderland, Alice through the mirror it was heavily criticized by critics and audiences alike for its intricate plot and character development. It didn’t help that the movie promised to delve into the Red Queen and White Queen’s tumultuous history of each other and failed to deliver on that front. It’s probably no coincidence that none of Disney’s other live-action adaptations have had sequels since. Disney knows that is not a good idea.
14/15 Battleship was a complete miss with the public (2012)
Battleship was released in 2012 based on the board game of the same name. The film centers on a group of small warships forced to battle alien naval fleets to thwart their evil plans. Despite featuring real-life missile destroyers and consulting the Science Entertainment Exchange for science-related matters during production, Battleship it was criticized for its formulaic plot, poor writing, and lack of character development. The film itself was a box office bomb, and Universal Pictures lost $150 million.
13/15 La La Land Whitewashed Jazz History (2016)
Starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, the the earth follows the love story between a jazz pianist and an aspiring actress who want to make it big in Los Angeles. The musical explores how the dreams of the characters modify their romantic dynamics and all the incidents of their relationship.
Now more than ever, proper racial representation is imperative in film and television. Since jazz history is so closely connected to African-American history, it doesn’t make sense that the the earth I didn’t explore this. Many viewers cannot help but notice that Gosling’s character acts as a “white savior” in the the earth.
12/15 The Last Airbender was heavily criticized for whitewashing and many other issues (2010)
The last Airbender it shocked audiences in the worst possible way when it was released in theaters. The film was criticized by fans of the original cartoon and critics for whitewashing, plot holes, infidelity to the source material, poor visual effects, and poor 3D conversion.
The last Airbender it was supposed to be the start of a trilogy, but further sequels were canceled thanks to universal backlash and low profits. Fingers are crossed that Netflix’s next live-action series will be better for the franchise.
11/15 The Goldfinch Failed to Impress the Public (2019)
despite the book the goldfinch Because of Donna Tartt being so popular, the film adaptation was a box office bomb, losing an estimated $50 million. While the cinematography and performances were praised, especially with Ansel Elgort in the title role, the film was criticized for its plot and overall narrative pacing. Fans of the book were also not impressed with the changes in the film, including the ending and the alteration of key aspects of Boris’s character.
10/15 Recent Ezra Miller Scandals Ruined We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
by lynne ramsay we need to talk about kevin tells the story of Eva Khatchadourian, a former travel writer working as a travel agent who has to deal with the aftermath of the massacre of her son, Kevin, in her town. Based on the Lionel Shriver novel, the film follows Eva’s journey to understand her son’s behavior.
we need to talk about kevin is an emotional journey driven by the incredible performance of Tilda Swinton. Unfortunately, it also features Ezra Miller as Kevin. Given the actor’s current scandals for attacking people and engaging in dangerous behavior, it’s impossible to see. we need to talk about kevin without feeling a bit disturbed. Not even Swinton’s acting chops save the audience from that.
9/15 Green Lantern suffered from terrible CGI even for its time (2011)
Green Lantern it received generally negative reviews and performed poorly at the box office, leading to lost chances for a potential sequel. Despite a good performance from Ryan Reynolds, the film suffered from poor CGI effects and writing, as well as troubled production behind the scenes, including stalled development time and changing directors. It didn’t help that some actors, including Reynolds, were injured during filming.
8/15 Collateral Beauty was criticized for her writing (2016)
collateral beauty it did well at the box office, but was heavily panned by critics due to poor writing and dialogue. Despite featuring some serious star power like Will Smith, Helen Mirren, and Keira Knightley, her performance alone couldn’t save the film.
Weather collateral beauty While well meaning to tell the story of a man grieving the loss of his daughter, the story was underdeveloped and poorly paced. The dialogue was especially criticized for being too melodramatic and corny.
7/15 Tomorrowland was too bland to be memorable (2015)
Despite the heavy publicity from Disney The world of tomorrow Prior to its 2015 release, the film was criticized for a lack of focus on the titular park, the script’s uneven storytelling, and special effects that get in the way of telling an effective story. Despite poor box office results, The world of tomorrow It’s still considered one of the best movies based on a Disney theme park attraction, for now.
6/15 The Avengers can’t hold their own in a post-Phase Three (2012) world
After introducing dozens of characters to the audience, the MCU ended Phase One with the Avengers. The film marked the first team up between Earth’s Mightiest Heroes against Loki and the Chitauri. As the first MCU crossover, The Avengers wowed fans from start to finish. Unfortunately, it hasn’t stood the test of time. From the lack of diversity to the terrible CGI sequences and Joss Whedon’s own spotty role in the film’s production, the Avengers it has aged badly.
5/15 The Dark Tower turned a beloved book series into a farce (2017)
the dark tower It was a highly anticipated science/fantasy film adaptation of Stephen King’s book series of the same name, but it was unsuccessful with audiences and critics alike. This film was criticized for compressing source material from multiple novels into a singular story, being unfaithful to the books, and for being boring as the story itself.
Stephen King himself later admitted that the critical and commercial failure was due to compressing the source material, toning down the violence, and changing the lead to Jake instead of Roland.
4/15 Blue is the warmest color, it’s not as progressive as everyone thought (2013)
Written and directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, Blue is the warmest color centers on Adèle Exarchopoulos as Adèle, a teenager who discovers her own sexuality when she meets Emma (Léa Seydoux), an openly lesbian woman. Given these themes, the film became an LGBTQ+ staple in its day.
Almost 10 years after its premiere, Blue is the warmest color it has been widely criticized for offering a lesbian romance completely filtered through the male gaze. The unnecessarily long sex scene between the actresses has been ridiculed. Now that both Seydoux and Exarchopoulos have accused Kechiche of exploitative target practice, it’s hard not to see Blue is the warmest color as little more than Kechiche’s fetish.
3/15 The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones Tried To Start A Franchise That Never Happened (2013)
the mortal instruments was a film adaptation based on the book series of the same name by Cassandra Clare. Critics blasted the film for its cheesy romance, convoluted plots, and nonsensical world-building. Many critics compared the film to Twilight at that time, comparing mortal instruments to a coup de grace. There were plans for a sequel, but they were dropped. Instead, the universe of the movie continued into a TV series called Shadowhunters.
2/15 Cats was the kind of train wreck people didn’t even want to look at (2019)
The film adaptation of cats it was heavily criticized for its CGI, editing, performances, plot, and overall script. The film was a box office bomb, and Universal Pictures lost an estimated $114 million. To make matters worse, the original release of cats it contained several CGI-related errors, including Judi Dench’s normal human hand appearing instead of Old Deuteronomy’s cat claws. cats it went on to “win” six Razzie Awards, including Worst Screenplay and Worst Director.
1/15 Call me by your name glorifies a relationship between a minor and an adult (2017)
Based on the novel by André Aciman, call me by your name revolves around the relationship between 17-year-old Elio Perlman and Oliver, a graduate student who works with Elio’s father. Although the movie tries to pass it off as a cute summer fling, it’s hard to watch. call me for your without acknowledging the age difference between the two main characters.
This plot was already questionable during the film’s premiere, but then Armie Hammer was accused of various cases of sexual and emotional abuse. Now it’s impossible not to see Oliver as a predator who took full advantage of Elio’s loneliness.
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