Chris Pratt is beginning the long slog that is the worldwide press tour for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 (the cast and filmmakers come to the UK next week) and while most of the attention is on the long-awaited sequel, some of the talks has veered off into chats about Jurassic World 2 and, more specifically, his previous film Passengers.
The sci-fi romantic drama, directed by Morten Tyldem (The Imitation Game), co-starred Oscar Winner Jennifer Lawrence and was met with a mixed response from critics on its release back in December. Audiences too were perhaps not as big as the studio would have hoped given the budget and cast involved, and the film grossed around $300million from its reported $110million. But despite the criticism and lukewarm box-office, Pratt spoke to Variety about the film and said that while he is still proud of the film reactions were perhaps not what he or the studio were expecting, saying:
“I was really caught off guard by that [the reaction]. It was definitely a lesson. I personally think the movie is very good, I’m very proud of it. I’ll be curious to see if it holds up – the criticism and the movie. I’m proud of how the movie turned out and it did just fine to make money back for the studio.
But the critical score was disproportionately negative compared to the Cinemascore. It got the same rating on Rotten Tomatoes as ‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop,’ maybe worse. I never want to be in a situation where I’m blaming critics for not liking a movie. So I’ll just stop talking. It is what it is and I’m proud of it.”
One of the biggest criticisms of the film was in its story and outcome between the characters played by Pratt and Lawrence, but a fan video from The Nerdwriter suggests much of the film’s issues could be remedied with a quite simple piece of editing. You can view the video below.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 opens in UK cinemas on April 28th; Passengers is out on Blu-ray and DVD on May 8th.