Colin TrevorrowThe reviews for Colin Trevorrow's new movie "The Book of Henry" are so bad -- even worse than "The Mummy" -- that people are wondering if it might cost the director his next gig: "Star Wars: Episode IX."

Twitter is speculating that Trevorrow (who previously helmed "Jurassic World") might have just "Tranked" himself. That is, sabotage his career a la "Fantastic Four" director Josh Trank.

"The Book of Henry," which stars Naomi Watts and Jacob Tremblay ("Room"), is being described by critics as "grotesquely phony and manipulative" (LA TImes) and "preposterous genre stew with wacky plot spasms and underdeveloped characters" (Film Journal International) and "a bizarre mash-up of a quirky comedy, a weepy drama, and a hard-boiled thriller that ends up feeling like a mutant Lifetime movie with an ending straight out of a fever dream" (The Atlantic).

So that's mostly a critique of the script, which is by crime novelist Gregg Hurwitz, whose only previous Hollywood writing credit is for the TV show "V." But Trevorrow is getting knocks that aren't just about the writing. Vulture's Emily Yoshida writes, "The script is inexcusably bad and accounts for most of the film's problems. But Trevorrow can't draw a single emotional through line out of the muck, leaving his cast stranded in a directionless jumble of half-arcs. ... 'The Book of Henry' is a disaster to its bones, as mind-bendingly broken as 'The Room' or 'Birdemic' or any other piece of cult outsider art."

Wow.

As THR's critic John DeFore wrote, "Those of us who've allowed ourselves to care about the latest Star Wars trilogy may be made fearful about the prospect of an 'Episode IX' directed by Trevorrow. The garden-variety blockbuster lameness of his 'Jurassic World' was one thing; after this near-catastrophe, can he really be trusted with the fate of the Jedi?"

"The Book of Henry" currently has a 23% critics' rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But audiences so far are enjoying it much more, giving it a 73% rating.

In an upbeat response to the scathing reviews, Trevorrow posted this inspirational tweet yesterday:

[Via THR]
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The Book of Henry
PG-132017
Based on 31 critics

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