It’s pretty rare for the lead actor in a film to go rogue and bash the film he is starring in. Well, it…happened here. The king of the plot twist, M Night Shyamalan’s flick “The Happening” was a total blunder. What was meant to be horror is so horrifically bad that it’s almost comedic. To his credit, a film about plants killing humans just doesn’t sound scary.
Despite how bad it is, further controversy surrounded the film when Mark Wahlberg, the star of the film, turned his back on the director by publically berating the film. Luckily for Wahlberg, Shyamalan didn’t take the criticism to heart.
"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.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
It's nearly 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.
The Deer Hunter
This film centered around the Vietnam War, starring Hollywood heavyweights like Robert DeNiro, Christopher Walken, and Meryl Streep, is regarded as iconic. However, it's not without controversy.
The film depicts traumatic torture scenes, which have since been criticized for their gross inaccuracy. It even prompted the Vietnam Veterans Against the War to protest the film's misrepresentation of the true atrocities that were experienced by soldiers.
David Ayer was tasked with directing the off-beat anti-hero superhero movie "Suicide Squad" back in 2016. What Ayer had initially intended to be a "soulful drama" was butchered by the film studio into a soulless, crowd-pleasing comedy. Despite its box-office success, critics and Ayer himself panned the film.
Luckily for Ayer, DC fans rallied together and pushed for Ayer's vision of the squad to be made, resulting in a "reboot" dubbed "The Suicide Squad" in 2021.