“I am a star.” 10 modern box office flops destined to become classics

Hollywood is a ruthless business. Hundreds of movies are released every year, hoping they can capture the zeitgeist and win the hearts of the public. Some movies, like After Sun, conquer the critics but not the public; others, like The movie Super Mario Bros., are commercial behemoths with unfavorable reviews. Finally, rare projects such as Top Gun: Maverick win at the box office and score with critics.

However, not all films can be winners. With so many options available, some great movies underperform at the box office, becoming infamous flops. However, history will be kind to some of these unfortunate films, which will remain underrated classics.



ten ‘Robin Hood’ (2018)

Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx as Robin of Loxley and Little John as Robin Hood

Taron Egerton stars as the legendary Prince of Thieves in the 2018 action-adventure film Robin Hood. The film serves as the character’s origin story, introducing him as a disillusioned knight returning from the Crusades to fight the ruthless Sheriff of Nottingham, who has taken over his fortune and his ancestral home.

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Robin Hood is not a bad film but is undeniably uneven and confusing. Featuring plenty of anachronistic choices that make its setting feel more like Panem than Nottingham, the film isn’t sure what it wants to be. However, Egerton is as charming as ever, and the film’s ambitious sets are actually quite impressive. Associated to Ben Mendelsohnthe performance of chewing landscapes and Jamie Foxxhis ever-reliable presence, Robin Hood has everything to become a modern classic.

9 “Jupiter Rising” (2015)

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THE Wachowski sisters directed the divisive space opera Jupiter’s Ascendancyfeaturing Mila Kunis, Channing TatumAnd Eddie Redmayne. The plot centers on Jupiter Jones, a housekeeper who discovers she is the heir to an intergalactic legacy that could alter the future of the cosmos.

Like other Wachowski efforts, Jupiter’s Ascendancy is wildly creative and ambitious. The film is a visually stunning cosmic adventure fueled by a confident performance from Kunis and a dangerously deranged but delightfully campy villainous turn from Redmayne. Far from perfect but intriguing enough to be convincing, Jupiter’s Ascendancy may never be one of cinema’s best space operas, but it has all the makings of a cult classic.

8 “Power Rangers” (2017)

Power Rangers Walk Together in 2017's Power Rangers

The 2017 reboot of Power Rangers deserves more love than he gets. The film features a cast of up-and-coming young actors in a modern retelling of the titular team’s origins. In Power Rangersfive teenagers living in the small town of Angel Grove gain superhuman abilities to battle the dangerous and twisted Rita Repulsa.

Power Rangers is a surprisingly compelling film that successfully introduces more seriousness to the campy IP of the 90s. With superb performances from its young cast and endless entertainment, balls against the wall of Elizabeth Banks like Rita Repulsa, Ranger Powers is an underrated action-adventure game set to become a fan favorite.

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The 2010s produced several great animated films, to the point that many fell through the cracks. This was the case for Laika’s stop motion comedy in 2019 Missing link. The film revolves around Mr. Link, a Sasquatch who travels to the Himalayas to meet his Yeti parents.

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Charming, funny and beautifully animated, Missing linkis among the most underrated stop motion films of the 21st century. The film deftly balances comedy with a subtle yet powerful message, resulting in an entertaining and rewarding animated effort that will entertain audiences of all ages. The weather will surely be good for Missing linkgiving it the recognition it should have received on its original release.

6 “History of the West Side” (2021)

Anita (Ariana DeBose) on a fire escape smiling at the camera in West Side Story.
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Steven Spielberg had the daunting task of adapting one of cinema’s most beloved and iconic musicals and making it relevant and topical for a new generation. However, the public should know not to bet against him; its 2021 remake West Side Story is striking, colorful, vibrant and more than worthy to stand next to the 1961 version.

Updating the classic story for a more critical generation, Spielberg West Side Story feels fresh without losing the iconic essence of the musical. The acclaimed director breathes new life into the musical’s well-known numbers, creating a kinetic yet harmonious balance between vibrant showmanship and polished artistry.

5 ‘Cloud Atlas’ (2011)

Tom Hanks holding a child in Cloud Atlas
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Adaptation of the notoriously difficult novel by David Mitchell cloud atlas was not an easy task. However, the Wachowskis and Tom Tywker did the impossible, successfully bringing the ambitious narrative to the big screen. cloud atlas follows multiple storylines across different time periods, with the entire film playing multiple characters.

A part of cloud atlasThe choices are highly debatable, but the film is an impressive cinematic achievement of magnificent proportions. With a compelling take on sadly elusive concepts like fate, purpose, love, and identity, cloud atlas is an introspective, philosophical analogy disguised as a full-scale sci-fi epic.

4 “The Suicide Squad” (2021)

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Following the critical failure of 2016 suicide squadDC brought james gunn to direct a quasi-restart of the IP. The Suicide Squad follows Task Force X as they travel to the lawless island of Corto Maltese to stop the local government from getting their hands on a dangerous weapon known only as Project Starfish.

Few comic book properties match Gunn’s sensibilities better than the infamous Suicide Squad. So, to no one’s surprise, The Suicide Squad is a thrilling, hyper-violent ride. Loud, vulgar, unrestrained and surprisingly warm, the film uses its collection of chaotic and criminal characters to deliver a strong and uncompromising indictment of US foreign policy. The Suicide Squad marked a new dawn for the volatile and divisive DCEU, and its influence will only become clearer in the years to come.

3 “Hugo” (2011)

Hugo and Isabelle at the cinema in Hugo
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Although best known for his considerable contributions to the crime genre, Martin Scorsese also explored other genres, including adventure and science fiction. His 2011 historical adventure film Hugo stars Asa Butterfield as an orphan boy living alone in Gare Montparnasse in 1930s Paris. Forced to uncover the secrets of an automaton left behind by his late father, Hugo becomes embroiled in a mystery surrounding a pioneering filmmaker George Melies.

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Hugo is a love letter to cinema from the depths of Scorsese’s cinephile heart. Visually stunning and richly touching, Hugo is a sweet and poignant celebration of movies and their unpredictable and undeniable power to change a person’s life. Innocent but confident and bold, Hugo is an adventure film destined to become a timeless classic.

2 “UNCLE’s man” (2015)

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Henry Cavill leads an impressive cast, including Alicia Vikander, Elisabeth DebickiAnd Hugh GrantIn Guy RitchieThe 2015 spy comedy The man from UNCLE. The film follows an American CIA spy and a Russian KGB agent who team up to stop an Italian family from using nuclear weapons to escalate tensions between the two countries at the height of the Cold War.

Elegant and dynamic, The man from UNCLE might be Guy Ritchie’s best effort. The film benefits greatly from Cavill’s suave performance, Debicki’s delightfully wicked villain, and a confident, sleek take on the ’60s. Funny, action-packed, and ridiculously rewatchable, The man from UNCLE is an unsung 2010s triumph that ranks among the best entries in the spy genre.

1 ‘Babylon’ (2022)

Margot Robbie as Nellie LaRoy being lifted by a crowd at a party in Babylon

Damien Chazelle followed his calm, thoughtful take on the life of Neil Armstrong with a bawdy ode to excess that polarized audiences and critics alike. Set in the late 1920s, Babylon follows several characters trying to adapt to the rapidly changing Hollywood landscape as silent movies die, leading to the rise of walkie-talkies.

Babylon is an excessively long film about excess that could easily become boring. However, the film delivers its story with such gusto that it’s impossible to resist its perverted charms. Raised by the outstanding performance of Margot Robbie And Diego Calva, Babylon is a classic example of a film ahead of its time, with future audiences surely embracing its chaotic and twisted nature.

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