This ranking features 10 films released in the past decade, with the exception of superhero works, which sought to bring a new take on a character, but didn’t appeal to critics as much. To make this list from worst to best, the basis for evaluation was the Rotten Tomatoes (RT) rating and Box Office Mojo box office numbers. From literature or video games, films were loved by some – with the right to sequels – and hated by others. Let’s get started!
The Girl in the Red Cape (2011) – RT: 10% | Total box office: $ 89,162,162
You might not even remember it, but one of the most iconic stories of contemporary times, Little Red Riding Hood, got its modern take from the hands of Catherine Hardwicke, right after the filming of Twilight (2008 ). Evil tongues say she kept making the same movie, just with different actors. The premise of the Grimm Brothers story is totally lost. The aim was to tell the origin of the famous fable, however, the film becomes a monotonous love triangle.
Robin des Bois: L’Origine (2018) – RT: 13% | Box Office USA: $ 5,095,000 (in two days)
Young Robin Hood, played by Taron Egerton, has barely made his debut and almost tops the list of worst classic adaptations. The fault lies not so much with the actor, despite a Robin muchocho, as with the careless production and the frills of the director Otto Bathurst. To get a feel for it, The Prince of Thieves played by Russell Crowe (2010) got 43% approval, while Kevin Costner (1991) got 51%. Either the criticism is more severe now, or the quality decreases over time.
Hannibal, the origin of Evil (2007) – RT: 15% | Total box office: $ 82,169,884
With the intention of surfing the hit character Hannibal Lecter, from Silence of the Lambs (1991), and its sequels, director Peter Webber (Girl With a Pearl Earring) was tasked with explaining why Hannibal became a cannibal. . Without Anthony Hopkins or Mads Mikkelsen, the story didn’t strike the right tone and came out like a horrific gimmick. The only thing we remember is that Hannibal (Gaspard Ulliel) saw his little sister get eaten by evil men and… that’s the explanation. After all, the script for the film is written by Thomas Harris, author of the Hannibal book series.
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) – RT: 15% | Total box office: $ 226,349,749
A year after making his debut as Gavião Arqueiro in Os Avengers (2012), Jeremy Renner used his archery skills in this new take on the children’s classic João e Maria. With the idea of turning children’s trauma into a weapon of attack, Tommy Wirkola’s film abuses visual effects and flying objects, exploring 3D as much as possible, but forgets character construction. Besides Venger, the other protagonist was Gemma Arterton. Anyone remember the actress’s last film? So it’s. After her terrible performance, she still appeared in Aposta Máxima (2013), with Ben Affleck, but her other works never returned to Brazil.
Peter Pan (2015) – RT: 27% | Total box office: $ 128,388,320
With Hugh Jackman (The Favorite) and Rooney Mara (Walking It Don’t Go Far), it was hard to imagine the dots wouldn’t light up, but whenever a director overreacts, the result is frustrating. Revisited a few times by the cinema, Peter Pan has always delivered good stories, like In Search of Neverland (2004), with a rate of 84% in RT. Even Steven Spielberg’s Return of Captain Hook (1991) has a higher rating than this rock version of Joe Wright (The Fate of a Nation).
King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword (2017) – RT: 31% | Total box office: $ 148,675,066
As with the recent Robin Hood, the legend of King Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) took on a more dynamic version last year under Guy Ritchie. What did not please – both the public and the critics – is the reassembly centered on the struggles and far from the historical composition. In fact, most of these new adaptations believe a lot more in action than in crafting a good script. This choice, however, deprives the character of the environment already created and, therefore, displeases fans of the Knights of the Round Table.
The Legend of Tarzan (2016) – RT: 36% | Total box office: $ 356,700,357
With the success of Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood) and Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) in previous work, the producers thought that telling the legend of Tarzan in an unprecedented visual spectacle would be a good bet. On the one hand, the box office paid for the film, but it didn’t make as much profit. The biggest stumbling blocks, according to critics, were the protagonists’ lukewarm performances and the holes in the script. This is yet another example of attention to form rather than content.
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) – RT: 48% | Total box office: $ 396,592,829
From childhood to youth, one of Disney’s most famous princesses shared the opinions of critics. With a look similar to The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003), director Rupert Sanders dons armor over the princess played by Kristen Stewart and makes up a good trip for the hero, in this case the hunter (Chris Hemsworth). Also worth mentioning is the worthy villain of Charlize Theron, responsible for directing the sequel O Caçador and the Ice Queen (2016). The overly dark tone, however, bothered more adept viewers of the love story and camaraderie highlighted in previous versions.
Tomb Raider: The Origin (2018) – RT: 51% | Total box office: $ 273,821,715
With the passage of Angelina Jolie to Alicia Vikander, the heroine of the video game looks back on her childhood and her early youth to reveal her true motivations and the past of her father. In the Norwegian version of Roar Uthaug, Lara Croft’s build runs throughout the film until she finds herself a fighter. As well as replacing Audience ID with Angelina’s version, the reboot’s challenge was to show an inspiring origin for the character to become so combative.
Planet of the Apes: The Origin (2011) – RT: 81% | Total box office: $ 481,801,049
Just when you thought telling the origin of the stories was wrong, then Caesar (Andy Serkis) comes your way. Okay, in this case, it’s not a character per se, but a whole theory of how apes took planet Earth from humans. Pre-sequel to the classic Planet of the Apes (1968) – with 88% on RT – Rupert Wyatt’s work perfectly lays the foundations for the future slaughter. The project also includes the suites Planeta dos Macacos: O Confronto (2014) – with 90% approval – and Planeta dos Macacos: A Guerra (2017), with 93% in RT.
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