Though we are fully into the summer movie season, things are a little calmer this week with only Transformers: The Last Knight hitting screens in wide release.
Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.
Rotten Watch Prediction
The good news for the Transformers franchise is at the box office (and it's great news). The film series has cost roughly $1.1 billion to make and raked in around $3.7 billion. For all of you non-math majors out there, it's in the green about $2.6 billion. It's easy to see why the studio would want to keep pumping out flicks in this series, though going forward it will be without director Michael Bay. Probably.
Bay's been with the franchise since the beginning and has to take some of the blame for the bad news aspect of Transformers, namely the critical reception. The four films in the series -- Transformers (57%); Age of Extinction (18%); Dark of the Moon (35%); Revenge of the Fallen (19%) -- average out to just 32% on the Tomatometer with only the first finishing above the 50% mark (and just barely). One could (and likely should) argue these films were never made for the critics and the box office haul more than makes up for whatever critical distain is felt with a franchise about aliens who turn into cars and other vehicles.
In this final Bay and Mark Wahlberg chapter of the series, the war continues between Earth and the Transformers after the death of Optimus Prime. It looks like a bunch more explosion-porn that Bay is known for. I suspect like with the previous iterations, fans of the series go out to see the movie in bunches while critics score it in line with the rest of the franchise.
We had a decent, though not great week last time around. Cars 3 (Predicted: 73% Actual: 65%) was a win and ties the original film in the series (65%) while completely outpacing the sequel (39%). It represents a solid bounce back after that latter film which is the lowest rated Pixar film in their catalogue. This is the final film in the series and critics, by and large, thought it represented a fitting closing to Lightening McQueen's story. The score is still low by the studio's standards, but at least saves the best for last.
The other win was 47 Meters Down (Predicted: 50% Actual: 56%) which represents a solid score for a film originally slated to release on VOD. While not a great film, this score is fine enough for a contained (pun intended) flick about getting from a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean to the surface before being eaten alive by sharks (and all the irony in between). We likely forget about this film rather quickly, but at least the prediction was in range.
Meanwhile, Rough Night (Predicted: 75% Actual: 51%) was a miss. I should have known better with a prediction this high. It's very tough for raunchy comedies to finish in this upper tier most because they tend to turn off a solid portion of the critical audience. I suspect it's funny for a certain crowd and completely unwatchable for others. I should have factored this in more with my guess. Most critics agreed the cast was the high point of the film while the actual story is what missed the mark.
And finally, All Eyez on Me (Predicted: 43% Actual: 24%) did no critical favors to Tupac's story. Critics seem to agree the bio-pic is just a rather bland retelling of the rapper's story without ever really getting away from the nuts and bolts of his story. It's a shame considering just how crazy a story it is and how iconic Shakur became in his brief window of fame.