The Worst Films of 2017: Dark Tower, Wonder Woman & More


Film in 2017So yesterday we entered the realm of 2017’s best films. From Kingsman: The Golden Circle to the divisive Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the latter half of the year has thrown up some incredible blockbusters and more independent films.

Now we get to the fun part, the worst films of 2017. The last twelve months hasn’t been particularly good or particularly bad, but there’s been a distinct increase in the number of unwanted reboots, sequels and prequels this year. With that in mind, let’s take a look through the dross of 2017 and see which films have the dishonour of being mentioned. Read on to find out.

The Worst Films of 2017

American Assassin

American Assassin poster

Poor Dylan O’Brien really didn’t know what he was letting himself in for with this absolutely dreadful spy thriller. Featuring tasteless references to real-life terrorist atrocities and uninspiring direction, it was a dud on every level.

Why on earth this awful genre of films continues to perform well is beyond me, but American Assassin is one of the worst I have ever seen. It’s up there with London Has Fallen levels of dire.

The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower poster

Another Stephen King adaptation makes the end-of-year lists, but this one is nothing to get excited about. Starring, inexplicably, talent like Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughay, The Dark Tower is turgid, boring and complete bereft of personality.

The special effects are poor and the dialogue overly expositional. If it really took 10 years to bring The Dark Tower to life, it was probably a sign that some things really shouldn’t be messed with. Deary me.

Despicable Me 3

Despicable Me 3 poster

After the ridiculous box-office success of Minions in 2015, it was obvious the adorable turned irritating yellow creatures would be everywhere upon the release of Despicable Me 3, and that proved to be the undoing of this film.

Instead of relying on Steve Carell’s charming talents voicing Gru, they lumped him with a long-lost brother storyline that had little to no outcome on the final plot, while the Minions tried their best Great Escape impression. Cinema gold, this is not.

Justice League

Justice League poster

There’s nothing really wrong with Justice League to be fair, but there’s not much right with it either, and that’s an accolade I can give to all the ‘Worst’ films of 2017 (except American Assassin which really was dreadful.)

It just kind of floats there, within the DCEU as the film everyone was looking forward to after the success of Wonder Woman (more on her later). But while Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was a divisive film for almost everybody, the majority of viewers agreed that Justice League was a bit, well, ‘meh’. Ouch.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Pirates of the Caribbean poster

It really is time to let this franchise sink to the bottom of ocean. This fifth outing, I know, I can’t believe it either, in the popular series reeks of mediocrity – but then so did every other film in the franchise.

Johnny Depp’s overacting is now more tiresome than endearing and while the story was a step-up from On Stranger Tides, it added absolutely nothing new to the genre. Dull, dull, dull.

Most Overrated Film

Wonder Woman – Fine in every way, but more successful and praised then it should have been because of what it represents to the film industry. The finale really lets this one down.

Dishonourable Mentions

Transformers: The Last Knight – The least profitable in the franchise is not the worst, surprisingly, but still remains and over-complicated slog of explosions and incomprehensible storylines.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – This one has me very concerned for the live-action remake of Aladdin. Guy Ritchie directed this film, which to be nice was a bit of a mess with a terrible/hilarious cameo from David Beckham. God help us all.

Power Rangers – A gritty, modern update of the classic TV show mixed with lots of teenage angst. I can’t think of anything worse. Sure enough, it was disappointingly Fantastic Four-ish.

What did you make of this list? Leave a comment in the box below, I read and reply to each and every single one. Check out the best films of 2017, the link is at the top of the article.

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