While Phillip Pullman’s book trilogy “His Dark Materials” is widely successful, the film adaption never managed to live up to its source material. During the early stages of the production of “The Golden Compass,” various religious groups called for a boycott of the film due to its subject matter.
After succumbing to the pressure, the plot of the film was drastically changed, much to the dismay of Pullman’s fans and film critics alike.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
It's near impossible for a Tarantino flick to escape controversy. Well, his 2019 film "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" is no exception. The film is a fantastical take on real Hollywood icons and the tragic Manson family murders.
Despite its critical acclaim, the manner in which action star icon Bruce Lee is depicted in Tarantino's tale sparked controversy. Shannon Lee, Bruce Lee's daughter, has outwardly panned the film for its offensive portrayal of her father. Additionally, many have called about the film for its explicit objectification of women and depiction of violence against them.
"Alexander" was a 3-hour film made of flashes of half-baked ideas sewn together, riding on the hope that viewers would be thrilled to see a bleached blond Colin Farrell, who depicted Alexander The Great, and Angelina Jolie, who played his mother, together on the big screen. If anything, the general public found this to be one of the most ridiculous things about the film, besides the historical inaccuracies. Farrel was mocked for his golden locks, while Jolie fans couldn't ignore the fact that she was cast as the mother of someone only one year younger than her. Nothing about the movie was convincing or informative.
If matters weren't confusing enough, Colin Farrell's Irish accent, along with the several other dialects of his castmates left viewers wondering what era was being depicted. "Alexander" received 6 Raspberry Award nominations including Worst Actors for Colin and Jolie, Worst Director, and Worst Picture.
What do you get when you give Channing Tatum a bleached beard and pointy ears? The disaster that is "Jupiter Ascending." We all had high hopes for this film seeing that it came from the wonderfully whimsical minds of the Wachowski sisters. Unfortunately, our hopes descended very quickly.
It's been dubbed as one of the worst films in recent memory, mainly due to its convoluted plot and atrocious acting. We're looking at you, Eddie Redmayne. The actor controversially won a Razzie award for terrible acting in this film, just a year after winning an academy award.
House of Gucci
Ridley Scott’s “House of Gucci” brings the scandalous story of Patrizia Reggiani to the silver screen. Lady Gaga was cast in the role of Reggiani, the socialite who quickly became rather infamous for arranging to end the life of her husband, Mr. Maurizio Gucci.
To say that the film was clouded with controversy would be an understatement. Not only were the actors' attempts at an authentic Italian accent mocked by critics and viewers alike, but the Gucci family themselves have explicitly denounced the film. Ouch! Plus, Gaga has since admitted that during filming she lived in fear of the real-life Reggiani.