Sun’s out, flops out: what’s the worst movie summer ever?

After a string of frustrations, psychoanalysts are calling 2019 s summertime season one of the most disastrous on record but there have been far, far worse

This summer might have started with a blow, thanks to the Avengers eventually reaching their Endgame, but it’s set to go out with more of a shrug, thanks to pretty much everything that’s come since. Godzilla: King of Monsters; X-Men: Dark Phoenix; Men in Black: International, Shaft, The Hustle- all loathed by reviewers and shunned by audiences. Animated sequels Toy Story 4 and The Secret Life of Pets 2 are far from flops but they’re both performing well below anticipations. Aladdin might be a made but it’s the second Disney live-action remake to have scored rotten examines this year. It’s the summer that Hollywood can’t seem to figure out and it’s already had many calling it one of the worst on record.

But it’s a precarious claim given the season’s predilection to disillusion and looking back to times prior, it consider this to be 2019 “re a long way from” the coldest summer on record.

2001

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Ben Affleck failed to charm audiences in Pearl harbor. Photograph: Allstar/ BUENA VISTA/ Sportsphoto Ltd ./ Allstar

The rotten eggs : Pearl Harbor, The Mummy Returns, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Jurassic Park III, Planet of the Apes, Evolution, Atlantis- The Lost Empire, Swordfish, Rush Hour 2

There was so much that was wrong with 2001′ s crop of summertime hopefuls and in so many different ways that it’s almost hard to know where to start. But easily the season’s biggest misjudgment was Michael Bay trying to retell the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor through the lens of someone who’d seen Titanic multiple times. The disastrous romantic calamity movie did solid, if un-Cameron level, box office but was critically reviled, deservedly picking up six Razzie nominations thanks to its banal love triangle between the reasonably yet fairly unengaged trio of Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale as well as a questionable grasp of history. It was the worst kind of blockbuster in that it was staggeringly useless trash that thought it was necessary art but there were no such pretensions with the other gaffes of the season. When it came to sequels , no one expected much from The Mummy Returns or Rush Hour 2 but there was hope attached to Jurassic Park III, hope that soon faded when the cinema crash-landed onto screens cursed with a quickie script assembled merely five weeks before product began. The summer likewise recognized Tim Burton return to the summer scramble for the first time since Batman Returns with the utterly abominable Planet of the Apes remake( his first of many shambolic occurrence movies to come ), a forgettable stumble from Ivan Reitman who failed to conjure any Ghostbusters magic in the sci-fi comedy Evolution, Disney lose to Dreamworks as Shrek received all of the acclaim and box office that their charmless Atlantis- The Lost Empire lost out on and Oscar wins Halle Berry and Angelina Jolie coasting in Swordfish and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

2009

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Angels& Demons, starring Tom Hanks and Ayelet Zurer, was the clunky follow-up to The Da Vinci Code. Photograph: c.Sony Pics/ Everett/ Rex Featur

The rotted eggs : Angels and Demons, Year One, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, GI Joe: the Rise of Cobra, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Terminator: Salvation

In the time between summertimes, franchise fever had changed the season for the worse with less gambles being taken yet more films being liberated. They weren’t all bad this year( JJ Abrams’ Star Trek reboot and the sixth Harry Potter adventure were notable exceptions) but they were mostly bad, a plunk collection of studio products, with colon-heavy names, resounding in a brand-new age of dull, risk-averse film-making. Critics loathed The Da Vinci Code and Transformers but audiences turned up regardless, to move to sequels for both but ones that appeared to have learned good-for-nothing from their predecessors’ blunders with Angels and Demons and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen overseeing to be lesser follow-ups in every direction imaginable. There was also an attempt to refresh the X-Men franchise, after 2006′ s execrable Last-place Stand, with prequel X-Men Origins: Wolverine which again was even worse than what came before( it would take another strive, 2011′ s First Class, to get the series back on track) as well as McG’s rubbishy robot reboot Terminator: Salvation, simply worth pointing out for superstar Christian Bale’s sweary on-set rant. Elsewhere, an unwanted brand-new franchise was born in the shape of GI Joe: the Rise of Cobra while another descended further into the trash with Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.

2010

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Jake Gyllenhaal realised he might not be an action hero after all in Prince of Persia: Sand of Time. Photograph: Andrew Cooper, SMPSP/ Publicity image from film corporation

The rotten eggs : Lord of Persia: Sand of Time, Iron Man 2, Robin Hood, The -ATeam, Knight and Day, Shrek Forever After, Sex and the City 2, Jonah Hex, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, The Last Airbender, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the multiplex, 2010 drunkenly barreled into view, spewing up arguably the worst line-up summer audiences had ever abode, agricultural crops so crappy that it established 2009′ s warmer months look like awards season. It was the year that determine Jake Gyllenhaal realise that he might not be an action hero after all, lost as the miscast leading of bland video game adaptation Prince of Persia: Sands of Time. On the modification front though, it was a masterpiece compared to the Razzie-nominated comic book mess Jonah Hex or M Night Shyamalan’s Razzie-winning The Last Airbender, based on an animated series, the followers of which committed the movie an enthusiastic middle thumb. There was also a rare stumble from Marvel with the flabby, unexciting Iron Man 2, a movie that still sits at the lower end of graded lists of their cinematic world gives but it was by no means the summer’s worst sequel, a title bestowed on Sex and the City 2, a cinema so aggressively, punishingly awful that it established even “the worlds largest” hardened devotee wonder what they assured in the show in the first place. Elsewhere, Ridley Scott discovered that audiences had no interest in another Robin Hood retelling, Fox found out that there was a reason it had taken so long to bring The -ATeam to the big screen, the blended star power of Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz couldn’t make Knight and Day seem worthwhile and another Twilight sequel was liberated or something.

2017

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No one cared about Tom Cruise in The Mummy, unless he had been performing death-defying stunts. Photograph: Allstar/ UNIVERSAL PICTURES

The rotten eggs: The Mummy, Baywatch, Despicable Me 3, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, The Dark Tower, The Emoji Movie, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Anyone claiming that cinema fans are suffering this summer need only think back only two short years to remember a season jam-pack with even more brazen emptiness. It was another bad summer for Tom Cruise, whose latter day box office has shown that the only thing people now want from him is to see films where he performs stunts so dangerous that he might conceivably die on screen. No one cared about The Mummy and in turn, Universal’s shameless attempt to start a Dark Universe of interconnected monster movies. There was similar disinterest across the board with audiences and critics demonstrating apathy for Guy Ritchie’s lads on tour take over King Arthur, a dumb-but-not-in-a-fun-way reboot of Baywatch and a long-gestating adaptation of The Dark Tower, a proposed franchise-starter than was a resounding franchise-killer instead. There were also commercially successful, yet critically detested, sequels to Transformers, Despicable Me and Pirates of the Caribbean as well as Luc Besson’s wild and wildly underestimated Valerian, a cinema that performed so badly it have all contributed to big staff layoffs at make company EuropaCorp.

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