2017: The Year of Bad Movies
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Let’s face it: 2016 was a pretty bad year. Between all of the celebrity deaths, political mudslinging, and the general feelings of dread and doom, there really weren’t that many redeeming qualities to last year. However, there were some movies that made the year a little more tolerable. Unfortunately, 2017 is shaping up to be yet another bad year. Well, at least in film. Between endless sequels, prequels, and reboots that nobody really asked for, 2017 might just be the worst year in film yet.
January is typically a bad month for movies. Why? In the film world, December is regarded as the month when the Oscar contending movies are released. This means that when January of the following year rolls around, big studios release all of their hacky, trashy movies that nobody really wants. For example, this January saw the release of “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” and “Underworld: Blood Wars”. Both films were critically panned with Resident Evil earning a 39% on movie review site Rotten Tomatoes and Underworld: Blood Wars earning a 17% from Rotten Tomatoes as well. Several other movies that opened this January, including the feel-good movie “A Dog’s Purpose” and the family romp “Monster Trucks”, earned 34% and 32% respectively.
The biggest problem with 2017, however, is that it looks as though the deluge of reboots and sequels and all-around terribleness continues even past the dump month of January. Reboots abound, with new versions of “The Mummy”, “Friday the 13th”, and “Halloween”, all looking to potentially disappoint fans. A live action version of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is being released in March, and there have been rumblings in the film community that this might tarnish Disney’s pretty stellar reputation. There is also yet another flood of movies from Marvel and DC Comics slated for this year, with sequels to Thor, the Guardians of the Galaxy, a new Justice League film, and yet another reboot of Spider-Man (sorry Andrew Garfield!) prove that the ongoing superhero avalanche won’t be slowing down anytime soon.
But while this deluge of trash might be heading our way, it also might be a moment to slow down and take a look at the potentially good movies this year. A new Star Wars film, continuing the sequel trilogy that began with 2015’s “The Force Awakens” is set for a December release. So while yes, this year might be bad, at least we’ll have Star Wars, right?