Moviegoer Ramblings #3

Does ANYONE in Hollywood have an original idea??

In 2010 Tim Burton gave us a new take on Alice in Wonderland. A year later, we were given Red Riding Hood. And coming in 2012 there will be three different renditions of Snow White: Snow White and the Huntsman starring Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, and Chris Hemsworth; Mirror Mirror starring Julia Roberts and Nathan Lane; and one other, which I can’t place yet. Maybe it was only two, but I could have sworn somewhere I read that there were going to be three.fairytales

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love seeing new visions on classic stories like this, but disseminate it a little. Do we really need three Snow Whites within only months of each other? Not to mention the fact that fairy tales are all over television right now, what with ABC’s Once Upon A Time, and NBC’s Grimm. Do we really need fads in film as well?

So here are my thoughts on these upcoming movies: Mirror Mirror looks a lot like Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, with all the colors and sort of over-the-top-ness about the world created. I would (so far, no trailer yet) only go see this movie for Nathan Lane. I love him, I think he’s hysterical and perfect for comic relief. SW and the Huntsman on the other hand looks more like Tim Burton’s Alice, only it looks like a version I’d want to see. Charlize Theon’s Evil Queen and the magic mirror are totally up my alley. I don’t know about it being like Lord of the Rings though. We’ll have to wait and see on that one.

So apparently Hollywood has (almost) exhausted their stash of comic books and moved on to fairy tales. It’s a nice transition (assuming they get people who can do this right) for me, who is not a comic book nerd and is getting a little tired of all the superheroes. I like my fair share, but again, I don’t like that there’s a domination in the market. What’s worse, according to some people I’ve talked to, is that these superhero movies have been generalized for the masses, not so much detailed for the true fans. I just wish people had their own ideas.

But the true problem is not that people don’t have ideas, they do, it’s that either no one knows about them, or audiences don’t get it and therefore unjustly hate it. More people probably went to go see The Green Lantern– which I heard wasn’t that great –than Scott Pilgrim vs The World. Guess which one had more advertising. But guess which one had instant DVD sales. It’s people like me who complain that there’s nothing innovative coming out of Hollywood these days, but it’s people who want something visually spectacular yet utterly brainless that drive what little there is into virtual nonexistence. You don’t have to use any brainpower while watching Transformers. Yet, to ultimately know what’s going on in Black Swan, you have to think on it a little. I’d bet money that the only reason a good number of people went to go see Black Swan was be of the short moment of girl-on-girl action. And I’d bet that that same number of people didn’t have a clue as to what was really going on in that scene. They only went as far as they wanted.

And that’s the problem behind the studios!! People will pay more for brainless than they will for intelligent. Studios don’t want to put their money behind something that they don’t think is going to sell, and as a result no one knows these movies exist. All these independent movies (or some that actually do make it to the studios) don’t get any or much marketing time; they don’t run in every movie theater, only one in the state if you’re lucky, so they can’t make money. Breaking Dawn has three trailers, because we need to see every scene before the movie actually comes out, while The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus as far as I know only has one. If studios didn’t have to worry about breaking box office every opening weekend, some more good movies might actually be seen by the public.

Everyone floods to the theaters to see Oscar nominated movies. Slumdog Millionaire almost went straight to DVD. I had never heard of even the title until it showed up at the theater. No posters, no commercials, no trailers on other movies, nada, and then all of a sudden everyone had to go see Slumdog Millionaire. But my question is was it just because of the Oscar buzz, or was it because it was actually a good piece of film?

Give the movies a chance!

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1 Response to Moviegoer Ramblings #3

  1. adrianwehunt says:

    I agree! But you must view the major film market as you would a bandwagon. It has seemingly always worked this way: innovative film makes Money, other films are made which copy that movie. Copier movies sell, then more are made. This is why most big films are sequels! There is a virtual guarantee that these sequels will bank instantly! The same can be said for the games industry and the music industry. Everything is a branch of one another and I believe it all falls on the shoulders of the market economy that has paralyzed the industry’s creative bravery. This is the same reason we don’t pay for movies UNLESS they are highly marketed and flashy: guaranteed good! No one saw Scott Pilgrim because it was a possible money waster.

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