Is Cinema Dying?
So Last night I got round to watching yet another hollywood flop remake of a classic 1984 movie. While I will refrain from naming the movie, as it has already recieved enough stick from the press, It did get me thinking to the last time I really opted to go to the cinema. Now I am a big movie fan. Always have been and always will be! But honestly, I had to really think about the last movie I actually paid to go and see. Well, I´m sort of lying there. I actually went twice last year to watch both Spectre and Jurassic Park, but before that? I´m really not sure! So I started asking myself why this could be? What is it about movies nowadays that makes me not want to go to the cinema? Is it that movies are getting worse? Is it that I´m just losing interest? Or is it that I now have a ton more options to do in order to entertain myself?
July 9th 1993: The sun was Shining Bright outside as all my friends sat gathered round the dinner table of my favorite restaurant. You could feel the excitment growing between us as the clock ticked closer and the bustle of laughing kids seemed only to get louder. Today was my 11th Birthday, and we were all going to the cinema to watch Jurassic Park. Sure, I´d been to the cinema plenty before, but this time was different. This time I got to go without the parents! After all, I was a real man now, I didn´t need the rents hovering over my shoulder. I had £5 in my pocket, a belly full of pizza, and a smile from ear to ear. Today was a good day.
If only life could be that simple now. I had not a care in the world that day. All we could talk about for a week either side was that movie. It just looked so cool. But that was the thing about movies back then. Everything was so new and different. I know there has been a slew of dinosaur and creature features prior to this, but these B-movie monsters were nothing in comparison to what we had just witnessed. They were so real looking.
Some of you may or not agree, but to me, I just feels like hollywood has lost it´s love for story telling nowadays. All it seems to want to do is pump out super hero after super hero movie with ridiculous budgets, that are nothing more then special effects and little else. I´m not trying to say that these are bad films, but seriously guys? What are you showing me that I havent seen before in a hundred different movies. Don´t get me wrong I like a good Super Hero movie, Nolans Batman Trilogy for example was exceptional, in total it grosses almost 2.5 billion and set industry standards for 3D IMAX. Or take 2012´s Chronicle, which merged two popular genres to give us a very unique take on a superhero movie. The ideas are out there, but for me, in most cases, I just don´t feel like I´m getting what I´m paying for! For a story to be good, you need to be able to connect with that story or character. The Idea can be as far feched as you like, but as a reader, or a listener, or whatever medium your using, there needs to be something in there that the audience can connect with and get behind, but I rarely see that in movies today. There is no connection, no emotion. I switch on the tele to switch off. I remember the days when audiences would actually react to things going on in movies. Take the 90´s film Deep Impact for example (for those who don´t know it, it was a natural disaster movie about a asteroid hitting earth). You could hear the audience gasp and whimper as the city was laid to waste by the Tsunami. You could feel the emotion from the people around you. Now, It´s like a morgue. Every action movie made in the last 15 years has a city getting laid to waste by some force or another. We have grown numb to it. Next time you go to watch a movie, look around and watch the faces of the people around you. You´ll see what I mean.
Let´s be honest, the cinema is not a cheap day out. For a family of four to head to the cinema by the time you include the parking, the popcorn, the drinks, the sweets, the hotdog, the this, the that. Before you know it you spent the best part of 80 quid on a few hours out of the house. Now it doesn´t sound like a lot but when most people are living below the mimimum standards, it´s a fairly big expense. So is it not fair that we ask our filmmakers to show us the respect we deserve? Not just spill out any old rubbish, just to put bums on seats or because they know it will sell. Take a look at any profits charts for the film industry and they show a nice steady incline in takings over the last 20 years, but look a little closer and you´ll see that actually there are almost 200 million less cinema tickets sold annually across the world today, then there was 20 years ago. Surely that should count for something.
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