“The Emoji Movie,” a ridiculous exploitation of social media symbols everyone loves to hate, was the top winner at the Golden Raspberry Awards, but at least producers could argue they weren’t really trying. “Fifty Shades Darker,” on the other hand, is a different story.
The sequel to erotic drama “Fifty Shades of Grey,” was trying to be a serious movie. But in the end, it took itself too seriously and walked away with two Razzies.
You could never tell the truly good movies without the truly bad ones. The Golden Raspberry Awards have been pointing them out with distinction for 38 years.
Once again, the worst movies Hollywood could produce were singled out for, if not honors, then what? Dishonors?
“The Emoji Movie,” certainly didn’t fail for lack of talent. The animated film was voiced by James Corden, Sofia Vergara, Sir Patrick Stewart and Anna Faris.
Beside the Worst Movie Award, it also won (or is that lost?) for Worst Screenplay. Anthony ‘Tony’ Leonidis won for Worst Direction and Worst Screen Combo went to “any two obnoxious emojis” from the movie.
The movie’s standout feature was talking poop. Overall, it scored a dismal 9 rating out of 100 on rottentomatoes, which tracks reviews.
Even people who actually paid money to see it hated it. Sixty-one percent of moviegoers panned it.
How bad was it?
“The Emoji Movie is not just a critical flop, but also a metaphor for a Hollywood that is struggling to find the line between branding that audiences love and branding that audiences resent,” wrote The Atlantic’s Megan Garber.
Razzie Runner-up “Fifty Shades Darker” was supposed to take the erotic sexual exploration of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele to the next level. Instead, it was a maudlin caricature of two overbearing, narcissistic bores.
And, critics weren’t fooled. It beat “The Emoji Movie,” by one scant point, booking a 10 rating on the review site.
“‘Fifty Shades Darker’ is not darker or better. It’s watered down, raincoat-brigade style erotica, even with the spiced-vanilla S&M,” wrote Gary M. Kramer for Salon.
The Razzies responded accordingly with its Worst Remake, Ripoff or Sequel Award, while Kim Basinger, past Oscar winner for “LA Confidential,” won Worst Supporting Actress.
Mel Gibson, winner of Best Director and Best Picture for 1995’s “Braveheart,” scored a Razzie for Worst Supporting Actor for “Daddy’s Home 2.”
Tom Cruise was named Worst Actor for his reboot of “The Mummy, while Tyler Perry took worst actress honors for “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween.”
Perry plays multiple characters including Mabel “Madea” Simmons in drag, hence the worst actress award.
“Baywatch” won the inaugural Special Rotten Tomatoes Award: The Razzie Nominee So Bad You Loved It! accolade, the result of an online poll with the rottentomatoes. review site.
“Transformers: The Last Knight,” was just good enough to walk away with no awards. Now that’s an achievement to really be proud about.
The Razzies are traditionally announced the same weekend as the Academy Awards. The winners are selected by 1,000 voting members from every US state except Montana and 26 countries.
|The 2018 Razzies Winners (Er, Losers)|
Worst Supporting Actor:
Worst Supporting Actress:
| Worst Screen Combo:|
Any Two Obnoxious Emojis – ‘The Emoji Movie’
Worst Remake, Ripoff or Sequel:
Special Rotten Tomatoes Award: