11 Movies That Got So Much Backlash Before They Even Came Out, Both For Good And Bad Reasons

11 Movies That Got So Much Backlash Before They Even Came Out, Both For Good And Bad Reasons
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11 Movies That Got So Much Backlash Before They Even Came Out, Both For Good And Bad Reasons

Songbird was the last thing 2020 needed.

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1. The trailer for the upcoming film, Persuasion (2022), was recently met with a lot of backlash on social media for its comedic tone and unfaithfulness to the source material.

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The film, which is based on the Jane Austen novel of the same name, stars Dakota Johnson as Anne, who "must choose between putting the past behind her or listening to her heart when it comes to second chances."

The main criticism of the trailer seemed to be its modernness. "Looks like they’ve removed the most interesting part of Jane Austin stories: the social settings of the time, and the women forced to navigate in them. This appears to be a modern teen drama with 18th century garb. No thanks," one Twitter user wrote.

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2. Songbird (2020), a dystopian thriller based on the COVID-19 pandemic, was pretty much met with universal criticism as soon as the project was announced.

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The film, which stars KJ Apa and Sofia Carson, takes place in 2024, in a world where COVID-19 has mutated into an even deadlier COVID-23, resulting in forced quarantine camps. "Reading the room should be offered as a high school elective," one Twitter user wrote in response to the trailer.

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Writer and director Adam Mason addressed the controversy in an interview with BuzzFeed News: "I completely understand if you want to be like, 'f*ck that movie,' but the fundamental message with the movie is hopeful for me. That was what I was really trying to get across. I was not in any way trying to make a negative movie that capitalizes on what is by anyone's standards a terrible, terrible time."

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Songbird has a 9% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

3. The trailer for Dear Evan Hansen (2021) sparked immediate backlash for the casting of Ben Platt, then 27 years old, as a high school student.

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Although Platt played the character in the original Broadway show, which won numerous Tony Awards, many felt he had outgrown the role. Others criticized the film's use of de-aging makeup, which some believed had the opposite effect on Platt.

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