We're almost finished with 2017, and as was the case in 2016 and every other year that movies have been screened, the cinematic offerings were mixed. There were certainly quite a few successes, from the award contenders to excellent horror fare. But on the other end of the spectrum are the disappointments; the movies that we hoped would be enjoyable, but ultimately didn't meet or exceed our expectations.
While not all of the movies on this list (which are listed in order of release) could be considered critical disasters overall, they nonetheless failed to live up to their box office potential during their time in theaters. Starting off, let's look at a movie that was intended to revitalize a franchise that was at the height of its popularity on TV in the 1990s.
Like most reboots, Power Rangers had to appeal to longtime fans of the property and newcomers who knew little to nothing about the teenagers with attitude. While the movie is by no means a train wreck, as it does have decent character moments peppered throughout, it failed to be the contemporary Power Rangers movie many were hoping for. From instances of off-putting humor to few action scenes with the characters actually morphed, Power Rangers felt uneven and didn't feel like a worthy successor to Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. Given the mixed critical reaction and poor box office performance, it's less likely (but not impossible) we'll get Power Rangers 2 and the introduction of the Tommy Oliver Green Ranger.
Ghost In The Shell
Ghost in the Shell was already facing backlash ahead of its release for casting Scarlett Johansson as The Major, but upon hitting theaters, moviegoers soon learned there were other issues present. Visually, Ghost in the Shell was a treat, capturing much of the same imagery from the original manga and animated film. Regardless, in almost every other area, it failed to deliver, be it because the plot was too convoluted or it simply didn't honor the source material close enough. Few American adaptations of manga and anime stories have been successful, and we can add Ghost in the Shell to the ever-growing list of ones that weren't.