To be blunt, it hasn’t been a great summer for Hollywood. While 2017 has seen genre success with films like Kong: Skull Island, Logan, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Get Out, Split and, of course, Wonder Woman and some little film about a clown, the summer months are supposed to be where Hollywood’s blockbusters live, and yet the list of big budget genre films that have crashed and burned is not at all short.
Valarian and the City of a Thousand Planets, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, The Dark Tower, Alien: Covenant, The Mummy, Transformers: The Last Knight, Life, Ghost in the Shell… all these and more cost $100’s of millions to make and promote, only to see audiences stay away in droves. The studios are pointing to the critics and sites like Rotten Tomatoes and blaming them for poisoning the public on these big-budget, big-name flops, but are they the real culprits here? This week Mr. Harvey takes a look and asks: Bad reviews, or bad movies?