This is one of my (many) pet peeves:
At last week’s Comic-Con event in San Diego, the film director Zack Snyder bounded on stage to announce a bold new merger. His next Warner Bros blockbuster would pit Batman against Superman, two costumed superheroes in one movie. “Let’s face it,” said Snyder, “this is beyond mythological.” The fanbase was galvanised. Hyperbole hit the roof. But in Hollywood, alarm bells were ringing.
Industry insiders are referring to this season as “the summer of doom” – an overcrowded huddle of big-budget spectaculars, without the audience to sustain them. US box office takings are down 19% on the same period last year, while the studios are smarting from such high-profile casualties as The Lone Ranger, After Earth and the supernatural action-thriller RIPD. While the runaway success of Iron Man 3 and Despicable Me 2 helped soften the blow, major figures claim that the industry needs to adapt quickly or die.
Speaking on a panel at the University of Southern California last month, the film-makers George Lucas and Steven Spielberg suggested that the era of the $300m movie dinosaur may well have run its course. “There’s eventually going to be a big meltdown,” Spielberg said. “There’s going to be an implosion where three or four or maybe even half a dozen of these mega-budgeted movies go crashing into the ground – and that’s going to change the paradigm.”
You wanna know why movies are bombing? Lousy writing.
You can take a crappy script and pile on lots of gratuitous sex and violence along with a couple hundred million dollars in special effects, and you know what you got? A very expensive crappy movie.
Would you go to a restaurant and order a plate full of spices and seasonings? I would hope not. But take a nice breast of chicken or shark filet, marinate and season it, grill it to perfection and viola! A fine dining experience.
Writing is the meat of movie making. All that other stuff can make it better but it can’t replace good writing. Some of these recent movies are like they came up with a bunch of special effects and wrote a script to tie them together. It’s the same way they make porn movies.
There will always be a market for quality.