My “book and movies” blog is slowly turning into a “book” blog and I am not happy about it.
But I am losing some interest in writing movie reviews. The cause is that with most newly released movies I am watching, I just find myself without an opinion to write down. Mostly this is because I think that for Hollywood, quality storytelling is just so far down the list of priorities.
Do you know that feeling where you are watching a movie and it is a sequel or a prequel or a reboot or a soft reboot or any of these varieties, and it just sucked? And it sucked because the director or the production committee or whoever had the fattest finger in the pie while making this movie just didn’t understand what made the original movie great? And now we have confusing storytelling and a movie coasting on brand recognition in its most superficial forms. Yeah?
Because that is every single movie nowadays.
Consider the following abominations that turned franchises moribund:
Independence Day: Resurgence
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Just about every DC film
Star Wars The Last Jedi and Solo
If you want surprising and interesting storytelling, don’t go to the theatre. Sure, indie films and arthouse films still have anything like a vision, but sometimes I want good storytelling to go hand in hand with spectacle as only a wealthy studio can provide. The answer nowadays is TV series and books, because mainstream Hollywood has become so far removed from the idea of storytelling that hoping for a story that (a) makes sense and (b) does justice to the film it is rebooting or sequelling is just a lost cause.
But Jeroen, what about the films during the last Oscar season? Weren’t there some jewels in there? Well, yes, maybe this is just the season for crap. I won’t change the title of my blog yet. I’ll take it on feeling and see what happens.