If you’ve seen the trailer for Passengers (and you probably have) then you’ll know the film looks a bit messy. If you take away the allure of Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt starring in a movie together, then you’re left with a story that wouldn’t attract attention otherwise.
Basically, it’s like the studio just said, “Let’s put Pratt and J-Law in a movie together. It doesn’t matter what the movie is about. They will promote the sh-t out of it.” And that’s exactly what they’re doing. The video of them insulting each other on BBC 1 has gone viral, and we’ve seen multiple “hilarious” moments from them on their press tour.
Now the early reviews are coming out for the film, and they are confirming our fears. Out of 17 reviews, only four have been positive, and those four were only positive because of Pratt and Lawrence’s performances.
Most all critics agree the film is a disaster. Take a look at a few (spoiler free) reviews below…
“Passengers is the tale of a lonely guy in space, the drama of an ethical conundrum, a love story featuring two of the hottest actors on the planet, and a turbulent sci-fi action-adventure — and for all of that, it manages to be not a very good movie. The two stars, Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, are both intensely gifted and easy on the eyes, and the film takes off from a not-bad idea, but the setup is way better than the follow-through.[“The Imitation Game” director Morten Tyldum] turns out to be the wrong filmmaker for an amorous space opera.”
“On the positive side, Lawrence’s apparently boundless screen charisma survives pretty much intact: she is an unmistakably vivid presence here in a way that few current performers can match. Pratt is a less radiant presence but offers a natural decency that offsets [his character’s] creepiness. But neither can do much with [the film’s] fateful initial premise: it means that Passengers, unfortunately, has suffered irreparable damage to its own engine casing.”
“The signs to be hopeful were all there: A pair of dependable movie stars, a bullish Oscar-season spot on the release calendar, a director hot off of an Oscar-nominated film. But alas, Passengers is not very good. In fact, it’s pretty bad. The studio is positioning this new Chris Pratt-Jennifer Lawrence sci-fi flick as a sort of Adam-and-Eve riff on The Martian… That’s the way the trailer makes it seem, at least. And I’ll be honest, that’s a movie I’d kind of want to see. But that’s not what we get. Not even close. Passengers is way stupider than that.”
So yeah, don’t be fooled. Watch a movie that’s actually worth your money and time. You know, like Collateral Beauty…oh wait, that movie sucks too?
Maybe you should stay home this Christmas and watch some old favorites.