Rant: Hollywood Is Devoid of Intelligent Life
I’ve hinted here before and now I found this article: “Creativity Crisis: Has Remake-Obsessed Hollywood Run Out of New Ideas?” All I could do is think, “Well butter my ass and call me a biscuit, someone finally noticed.” I’ve noted a lot of traffic on this subject lately, so I think I’ll bandwagon and rant my ass off about it… have a vowel movement, if you will.
Take a minute and poke that link to see what great ideas Hollywood is scraping out from underneath their fingernails now that they’ve picked their navels clean of lint and cheese. Are we really going to do a sequel to a remake? Wow. I won’t say that remakes are bad, because I’ve seen some remakes of really old movies that were done quite well, and the retelling of the story in a current-day context was interesting. But the problem here now is that we’re remaking stuff that was made within easy memory spans. Come on: it’s one thing to retell a solid story from the black-and-white era, but simple retardation to remake a ten-year-old film. Or a twenty-year-old film.
I wasn’t overly offended by ‘True Grit’ other than the implied insult to Mr. Wayne. Just because you’re a male actor in a western doesn’t put you in the same league with John Wayne. Sort of like being a president from Illinois doesn’t make you an equal of Lincoln. Digression… My hottest ire stems from the “artistic changes” directors feel they need to make in a re-do. No, dammit, how about we leave things the way they are. If you must insist on not exercising your studio writing staff’s creativity, then just don’t do it at all.
In addition to re-do’s the main product we seem to get from our big studios are comic books on film. I have a vision of a studio planning their next round of filming, and pulling a script off the top of a very tall stack. Of comic books. And now television is bandwagoning on the resurrection of schlock probably best left alone. All of this will now be interspersed among the decades-long formula shows of cop dramas, doctor dramas and family comedies.
The sad thing is it all comes down to greed on the part of the studios and an unwillingness to take risk that might come back as a loss at the box office. We – the customers – should be offended by this because it essentially an act of putting their financial gain before your entertainment. I’m a great capitalist and I’m all about making money, but we’ve obviously forgotten that the motion picture industry is supposed to entertain the audience first and foremost, not just make money. That used to be the big gamble. The excitement factor: “Will this pic make money? Hmm, not sure but I’m taking a risk on this compelling idea and gosh darn it, I love entertaining folks. Please pass the mirror and the blow.”
Times were, indie films used to be, well, fucking weird. Now they’re actually pretty good, and very good quite often. All the major studio directors and producers are grinding through the collected comic book works of America, so the Indie crowd can settle down to scripts and stories that are good. So far this is the only bright spot in Hollywierd I can see.