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 did not appeal to the critic so much. To make this list from worst to best, the basis for the assessment was the Rotten Tomatoes (RT) score and the Mojo box office numbers at the box office. Coming from literature or video games, films were loved by some – with sequences – and hated by others. Let’s start!
The Red Cape Girl (2011) – RT: 10% | Total at the box office: $ 89,162,162
You might not even remember it, but one of the most iconic stories of the contemporary era, Little Red Riding Hood, got its modern take from the hands of Catherine Hardwicke, right after the filming of Twilight (2008 ). Evil tongues say that she kept making the same film, only 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: The Origin (2018) – RT: 13% | USA ticket office: $ 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. It’s not so much the actor’s fault, despite a Robin muchocho, but for the painstaking production and pitfalls of 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 at the box office: $ 82,169,884
With the intention of riding on the success of the 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 turned out to be a hideous conspiracy. The only thing we remember is that Hannibal (Gaspard Ulliel) saw his little sister get eaten by bad men and … here is the explanation. After all, the script for the film is written by Thomas Harris, author of the Hannibal book series.
João e Maria: Witch Hunters (2013) – RT: 15% | Total at the box office: $ 226,349,749
A year after making his debut as Gavião Arqueiro in OsAvengers (2012), Jeremy Renner used his bow and arrow skills in this reinterpretation of 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 about character construction. In addition to the Avenger, the other protagonist was Gemma Arterton. Does anyone remember the last film of the actress? Yeah. After her terrible performance, she still appears in Aposta Máxima (2013), with Ben Affleck, but her other works never made it to Brazil.
Peter Pan (2015) – RT: 27% | Total at the box office: $ 128,388,320
With Hugh Jackman (The Favorite) and Rooney Mara (On Foot He Doesn’t Go Far) in attendance, it was hard to imagine the dots wouldn’t be tied, but whenever a director exaggerates the presentation, the result is frustrating. Revisited a few times by the cinema, Peter Pan has always produced good stories, just like In Search of Neverland (2004), with an 84% index in RT. Even Hook, Return of Captain Hook (1991) by Steven Spielberg, has a higher rating than this rock version of Joe Wright (The Destiny of a Nation).
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) – RT: 31% | Total at the box office: $ 148,675,066
As with the recently released Robin Hood, the legend of King Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) gained a more dynamic version last year, under the command of Guy Ritchie. What did not please – both audiences and critics – is the reassembly centered on struggles and far from historical composition. In fact, most of these new adaptations believe in doing more than crafting a good script. This pick, however, touts the character’s already-created environment and, as a result, displeases fans of the Knights of the Round Table.
The Legend of Tarzan (2016) – RT: 36% | Total at the 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 Tarzan legend in an unprecedented visual spectacle would be a great bet. On the one hand, the box office paid for the film, but didn’t make as much profit. Already according to the critic, the big stumbling blocks were the warm performances of the protagonists 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 at the box office: $ 396,592,829
From childhood to youth, one of the most famous Disney princesses divided the opinion of critics. With a visual close to the Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003), the director Rupert Sanders puts an armor on the princess lived by Kristen Stewart and composes a good journey of the hero, in this case the hunter (Chris Hemsworth). Also worth mentioning is the worthy villain of Charlize Theron, responsible for directing The Hunter and the Ice Queen (2016). The overly dark tone, however, bothered viewers who were more adept at the love story and camaraderie highlighted in previous versions.
Tomb Raider: The Origin (2018) – RT: 51% | Total at the box office: $ 273,821,715
With the passage from Angelina Jolie to Alicia Vikander, the video game heroine returns to her childhood and early youth to reveal her true motivations and her father’s past. In the Norwegian version of Roar Uthaug, Lara Croft’s build runs through the entire movie until she finds herself a fighter. As well as replacing public identification with Angelina’s version, the reboot’s challenge was to show an inspiring origin for the character to be made so combative.
Planet of the Apes: the origin (2011) – RT: 81% | Total at the box office: $ 481,801,049
When you thought telling the origin of the stories was wrong, 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. Being a pre-sequel to the classic Planet of the Apes (1968) – with 88% in RT – Rupert Wyatt’s work perfectly builds the seed of the future slaughter. The project also has 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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