Like any other year, 2017 was filled with big-budget blockbusters, romantic comedies, superhero movies, and low-budget independent movies. However this year, films were bigger and more spectacular than ever. Even the low-budget independent films made a big impact on the market. Some films were admired for their special effects while other movies were praised for their storytelling. Some actors gave Oscar-worthy performances and others had a breakout year. The year was filled with anticipation for several major movies. Some had been in the works for years and even decades. Unfortunately, many of the movies ended up being a major disappointment that left some fans in tears and scarred for life.
Sadly, 2017 featured several major flops that fans had high hopes for. Some were a financial failure at the box office while audiences despised other films. Then, there were those sleeper hits that nobody saw coming. The year saw its fair share of surprisingly good movies. These sleeper hits didn’t have a whole lot of hype behind it or huge anticipation. However, they delivered at the box office and blew audiences away. Here is a look a 7 Most Disappointing Films of 2017 and 8 Surprisingly Good Ones.
15 Okja (Surprisingly Good)
There are now countless ways to view movies and TV shows. It’s not all confined to movies theaters. Okja proved that there are other ways to reach a wide audience. Okja debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and had a bit of a rocky start. Due to technical errors, there was a mix of booing and applause at the start of the film. However, the critically-acclaimed movie eventually won over the audience and at the end received a four-minute standing ovation. It competed for the Palme d’Or at the festival that year. It starred Ahn Seo-hyun, Tilda Swinton, and Jake Gyllenhaal. It was released on June 28, 2017 on Netflix. It did not receive a wide release in theaters. It received positive reviews from critics and holds an 86% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
14 The Mummy (Disappointing)
Due to the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, every studio is now attempting to create its own universe. This year Universal Studios had grand plans for its Dark Universe and the first film in the installment. The Mummy was released on May 22, 2017 and starred Tom Cruise. The film quickly started to set up the universe with the introduction of Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde (Russell Crowe) for a future film. However, the film was panned by critics and failed to find an audience. It holds a 16% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and performed poorly at the box office. The poor performance resulted in the studio postponing The Bride of Frankenstein, which was originally scheduled for a 2019 release. They wanted more work done on the script but the Dark Universe’s future is in jeopardy after the departure of director Alex Kurtzman and writer Chris Morgan.
13 The Lost City Of Z (Surprisingly Good)
A film doing poorly at the box office doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad movie. Some films might not be a big box office smash but still manage to connect with an audience. The Lost City of Z starred Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, and Sienna Miller. It first premiered at the New York Film Festival and made a few more festival appearances before its wide release. It was released on April 14, 2017 to positive reviews. However, it did poorly at the box office and failed to break even. Despite the poor performance, it has developed a cult following. It holds an 87% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and the Hollywood Reporter called it “a rare piece of contemporary classical cinema.” Additionally, critics praised the cast’s performance; in particular, they praised Hunnam’s portrayal of British explorer Percy Fawcett.
12 The House (Disappointing)
The combination of comic legends Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell seemed like box office gold. It had all the key ingredients to be the comedy of the year. However, not even their incredible star power and talent could help this film live up to the hype. It was released June 30, 2017 to negative reviews. It currently holds only a 16% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which describes the film, saying, “The House squanders a decent premise and a talented cast on thin characterizations and a shortage of comic momentum.” It was also a big disappointment at the box office and failed to break even. It did poorly on opening weekend and was Ferrell’s worst opening weekend in roughly 18 years. Despite the stellar and extraordinarily talented cast, the film failed to make audiences laugh.
11 A Ghost Story (Surprisingly Good)
USA Today called the supernatural film A Ghost Story the best movie of 2017 that nobody saw. David Lowery directed A Ghost Story and it starred Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara. It debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and had everyone talking. It was released on July 7, 2017 to positive responses from audiences. It had a limited release so it didn’t end up being a big box office success. However, critics praised the film for its cinematography, cast, and directing. It has a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics have given the film high praise with Variety stating, “While Lowery’s actual method of delivery may not be scary, it’s sure to haunt those who open themselves up to the experience.” It won several awards at the 43rd Deauville Film Festival and the Sitges Film Festival.
10 King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (Disappointing)
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword was one of many movies this year that was positioned to be the first in a franchise. In fact, it was to be the first in a six-movie series. It had a lot of promise due to its cast, big budget, director, and heavy promoting. Unfortunately, not even that was enough to save this film. It’s based on the legend of King Arthur and built up a great deal of anticipation. It was released on May 12, 2017 and starred Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, and Eric Bana. After its poor opening weekend, critics predicted it was destined to be a box office flop. The film’s underperformance caused many critics to question the franchise’s future. It did receive a few positive reviews, but for the most part, reviews were negative. In fact, critics even warned audiences to stay away from the film.
9 Girls Trip (Surprisingly Good)
There were many disappointing comedies this year but the few good ones certainly made up for it. Girls Trip ended up being a surprise hit and exceeded expectations. It starred Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish. It was released on July 21, 2017 to positive responses from critics and audiences. Initially, it was predicted to make $20 million on opening weekend but shocked everyone when it made $30 million. It’s considered one of the best R-rated comedies of the year. Additionally, the cast was praised for their memorable performances. It holds a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which described it, “Girls Trip is the rare R-rated comedy that pushes boundaries to truly comedic effect—and anchors its laughs in compelling characters brought to life by a brilliantly assembled cast.”
8 Baywatch (Disappointing)
Baywatch was one of the most heavily promoted films of the year. It was positioned as the big summer blockbuster combining comedy, action, and beautiful people. It starred Dwayne Johnson, Alexandra Daddario, Zac Efron, Kelly Rohrbach, and Priyanka Chopra. It’s based on the popular 90’s television series Baywatch. The movie was released on May 25, 2017 and did poorly at the box office. It didn’t end up as the box office success the studio had hoped it would be. It was met with overwhelming negative reviews. It holds an 18% rating on Rotten Tomatoes that noted it raised the “jiggle factor to R-rated levels, but lacks the original’s campy charm.” All the intense promotion couldn’t help the film become the summer hit it was meant to be. Dwayne Johnson defended the film on Twitter noting they made it for the people who enjoyed it.
7 Baby Driver (Surprisingly Good)
A lot of movies try their best to be the summer hit of the year but it can only go to one. Many critics and fans feel the true summer blockbuster of 2017 was the sleeper hit Baby Driver. It starred an exceptional cast of Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jon Hamm, and Jamie Foxx. It was released on June 28, 2017 to rave reviews. It grossed more than expected at the box office and finished second its opening weekend. It has a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which described the film as “proving fast-paced action movies can be smartly written without sacrificing thrills.” Due to overwhelming positive response and enormous success at the box office, there is talk of a potential sequel. Elgort was nominated for Best Lead Actor at the Golden Globe Awards for his role.
6 The Dark Tower (Disappointing)
The Dark Tower had been stuck in development hell for years until finally seeing the light of day in 2017. However, it ended up disappointing fans and critics all over the world. It’s based on the critically-acclaimed novel series Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. It was released on July 28, 2017 and starred Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. It was met with an overwhelming negative response from critics and was also a box office bomb. One critic called it a “dull disappointment,” although critics praised Elba and McConaughey. Dan Callahan of TheWrap said, “The 95-minute culmination of years-long efforts to bring The Dark Tower to the big screen is a complete disaster, a limp, barely coherent shell of a movie.” Recently, there has been talk of rebooting the entire franchise as a television series.
5 The Big Sick (Surprisingly Good)
Despite having a limited release, The Big Sick is one of the highest-grossing independent films of the year. It surprised everyone and became one of the summer’s biggest movies. It was released on June 23, 2017 and starred Kumail Nanjiani. Nanijani and his wife, Emily V. Gordon, wrote the script, which is based on their real-life romance. After creating some buzz at the Sundance Film Festival, it was released in a limited number of theaters. However, it was such a big hit during its opening weekend that it soon expanded to more theaters. It holds a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and critics have widely praised it. The Toronto Star called it “hilarious and heartbreaking,” and Richard Roeper said, “without a doubt one of the best romantic comedies I have seen in a long time.”
4 The Emoji Movie (Disappointing)
This year, there was a great deal of hype surrounding the animated film The Emoji Movie. The studio had hoped it would be the new Toy Story. It explored new territory with the emojis, and it had the potential to be a groundbreaking film. It was aimed at a younger audience but the hope was that an older audience could also relate. It was released on July 28, 2017 and featured a stellar ensemble cast of T.J. Miller, Anna Faris, Maya Rudolph, James Corden, and Patrick Stewart. Despite all of that, it failed to find an audience and was heavily panned by critics. Critics called the movie “a complete waste of time,” “corporate propaganda,” and “a soul-crushing disaster.” It holds a 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The LA Times said, “The Emoji Movie can be summed up in one word: Meh.”
3 Lady Bird (Surprisingly Good)
As the year comes to a close, the coming-of-age film Lady Bird suddenly burst onto the scene and has managed to create a buzz that has everyone talking. Lady Bird first premiered at the Telluride Film Festival to rave reviews. It was released on November 3, 2017 and stars Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf. Originally, it had a limited release but proved so popular that it expanded to other theaters. It currently holds a 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and at one point had a 100% rating. Critics praised the film’s cast and directing. One critic called it “exceptionally well-written, full of wordplay and lively argument.” It’s been nominated for several awards at the upcoming Golden Globe Awards, including Best Picture Musical or Comedy, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Screenplay.
2 Justice League (Disappointing)
The DC Cinematic Universe has released a few disappointing films but fans still had their hopes up for an epic Justice League movie. It brought some of the most famous superheroes together, including Batman, Superman, Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, and Wonder Woman. Zack Snyder directed the film and it was released on November 17, 2017. It’s one of the most expensive movies ever made with a budget of roughly $300 million. However, it was a disappointment at the box office and was barley able to break even. It was criticized for having a weak plot and villain. However, Gal Gadot and Ezra Miller were both praised for their performances. It was also criticized for its overuse of CGI, although the action sequences were highly praised. Regardless, it didn’t live up to the hype and expectations.
1 Get Out (Surprisingly Good)
In early 2017, suddenly, there was buzz about a horror movie written and directed by a comedian. Jordan Peele directed the horror film Get Out, which was released on February 24, 2017. Most critics were intrigued by the idea of a comedian directing a horror film but nobody anticipated the reaction it would get. It was initially predicted that it would make roughly $20 million in its opening weekend. However, it blew all expectations away as it made $33.4 million and finished first at the box office. At one point, it held a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes before dropping to 99%. Prior to the film’s release, Peele was concerned about the film’s chances of doing well. He was uncertain how audiences would accept the theme of racism and the brutal violence. Get Out has been nominated for Best Picture at the Golden Globe Awards. There is also talk of a potential sequel.