Anne Hathaway has a new movie coming out this weekend starring herself and Matthew McConaughey and she wants people to see it, whether or not the critics like it. In fact, she took to social this week to address the critical reviews and how she feels about the way reviews have panned out for Serenity, noting,
We keep it real around here: some critics get Serenity and, like me, find it interesting, moving, ambitious and different, and for some it just doesn’t work.
Reviews really started breaking for Serenity yesterday. Currently, the movie is only running at 21% on Rotten Tomatoes for its critical score. Our own Mike Reyes gave the movie a middling 2.5 stars, and though the movie seems to have some fans who like the “bonkers” premise of Serenity, it’s not expected to win the box office this weekend.
Speaking on Instagram, Anne Hathaway also made it clear that she signed on to the movie because she believes in it and wants her fans to know a lot of people who worked on the movie believe in it too.
That’s cool – there is no failure, only learned events, not everyone has to like everything and the critical response doesn’t change my feelings about the movie. However, other people’s time and money are not to be taken for granted, so I just want to be clear: I endorse the movie, many critics don’t.
Anne Hathaway was previously part of Ocean’s 8, a movie that also found itself earning middling reviews. One of her co-stars in that movie, Mindy Kaling, was unhappy with the critical response and unabashed about talking about it. In this case, Anne Hathaway decided she needed to address the critical response.
It should be noted that while we’ve seen a wave of movies with low critical scores and at least relatively high audience scores, Serenity isn’t one of them. The audience roundup for the movie is only at 38%. That could change as more people catch the flick on opening weekend and we’ll keep you updated if it does.
In the meantime, Serenity will be competing with the likes of Glass and some Oscar nominee wide releases. (The Kid Who Would Be King is also out, but it’s not really even in the same ball park in terms of audience.) We’ll let you know how the box office pans out at the end of the weekend. Early reports indicate Glass will repeat as the big winner this weekend and The Kid Who Will Be King could open higher than Serenity as well, and The Upside still made good money last week. So, we'll have to wait and see where Serenity lands.
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