It’s gotten to the point where the movie Memento is more linear than the X-Men mega-saga.
I got X-Men 1-3.. got lost a little bi with the Wolverine tangent, and now these new ones coming in are like clowns popping out of a phone booth.
Spiderman, too, is on it’s second generation, and with a refreshed cast, all in less than eight years.
Hulk: two generations (not including the Avenger’s version) in nine years.
Superman: two generations (not to mention a fucking sitcom) in eight years.
I heard there is something about the fight for copyright between DC Comics and Universal studios – or some corporate inside-baseball for any matter – but that leaves us on the viewing end either perplexed, or indifferent and wanting moar.
Why is the least creative story-arch getting it’s dick sucked left and right? It’s like we’re in a creative apocalypse, and are desperately and feverishly eating dog food for substance.
Remember the late 90’s? Sure, the music was the worst in human history (and this includes Aboriginal throat-singing), but our directors were actually hiring screenwriters, adopting original screenplays, and actually making those movies well.
Hell, even the 80’s figured out action movies. Oops, I should clarify: I’m really only going on about action movies.
True Lies, Mad Max, Blade Runner, Alien, fucking anything Bruce Willis did from 1980-2002.
Waterworld was always the boy worth kicking in the boxoffice flops, but even that movie was made pristinely better than Thor.
Superhero movies are the big bully in the room swallowing-up any room for clever and creative design and change in the action-movie world.
Just look at all the action movies coming out: they are either mother-fucking-over-the-top post apocalyptic worlds where 1-2 high-paid actors are the only one’s in the movie, or another terrorists-attacking-the-black-president.
Side note: try and think of a movie besides Independence Day where the United States president isn’t black. And can we quit casting Morgan Freeman? He’s only decent, and everyone seems to forget he’s fucking his niece.
There is just nothing of substance in the story-telling of a superhero doing what superheroes will inevitably do: be heroes. And not that the stories are predictable – though most are painfully so – but that the template for these movies is never deviated from.
Thank god for Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese. But I shouldn’t be thankful that the giant names in directing are still doing an outstanding job: I’d like to see the bars set by those at the top be applied to the soda-pop and candy-bar blockbusters.
I think the executives of factory-pumping movie studios don’t want to be bothered with change on any level. Change that doesn’t have 20+ years of data showing positive results (i.e. money).
Television is becoming the saving grace, however, because as the budget for special effects diminishes (and subsidizes the cost of extras by replacing them with CGI characters), more money can be spent on developing an elaborate screenplay, and hiring actors who do what their profession requires for them. Sorry guy who played Thor, but maybe you should do porn that doesn’t require you to speak.
The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad are two examples that justify me not looking for a third… but wait.. Game of Thrones is an elite example of both of those.
Fuck the theaters.