It’s the cinematography. This is the reason people keep going back… right? I mean, everyone loves the production value of another CGI’d pirate ship full of barnacle-faced villains.
No, wait, it’s the actors. Johnny Depp knows how to captivate an audience with his original, witty one liners and catchy, piratey sing-alongs as Captain Jack Sparrow.
Hang on, I got it. It’s when producers decide to split up one story into three parts giving the measly old middle movie no beginning or end!
Independent movies may be lower budget and generally poorer quality than Hollywood films but what they don’t do is sacrifice the sake of a good story for better marketing strategies.
They may also lack the business and distribution side of filmmaking but it may be a blessing in disguise when it forces them to focus more on theme, plot and well-established characters to drive the film to success.
There seems to be a trend nowadays in Hollywood of splitting up movies into 2 or more parts for an extra buck. (When I say ‘Hollywood’ I mean big budget, studio produced, A-grade films.)
It works… It works for the studios but us audience members get sucked into their latest gimmick.
Stretching out perfectly good stories and adding more content for the sake of…more content…and money, is madness.
The special editions on Blu-Ray with the 5 hour long director’s cut – because apparently, more content means it’s a better movie according to the consumer.
Sometimes this tactic works: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Mockingjay.
Sometimes (every other time) this does not work: The Hobbit, Breaking Dawn.
Some of these story ideas start getting a little ridiculous.
Next thing you know, Hollywood creates a stand alone trilogy featuring Jack Sparrow’s grandson heading off to college (the third movie of course will be split into two parts because tonnes of $#!+ goes down during his senior year).
Ok, sometimes it does work, like I mentioned before with the last installment of Harry Potter. There was much to cover in the book, so naturally it may have been necessary to split the story into two parts.
Most of the time, it does not work, yet audiences still flock back to the cinema in droves.
“The last movie sucked big time, so naturally this next one will be awesome” #logic.
“Dear Hollywood, here’s a giant sack of money, make me some more mildly forgettable mediocrity.”
I suspect many creatives in Hollywood, and the film industry in general could be going through a creative block, which is natural. My hope is for original ideas to return to the silver screen.
This is not to say there are no new ideas being generated, because there are, but I would hope audiences stop returning to mediocre movies when they know exactly how they’ll feel when they walk out.
I ask you to invest in original stories. Independant films are often where it’s at. They make original content and although many Hollywood, A-grade films are entertaining, they’re often pointless money grabbers.
Often the most interesting stories are made from history. The most impacting, inspiring and creative stories are original and true, not the ones who feel the need to stretch out their content for the sake of more schmeckles.