At Least Hollywood Is Making the Best of Having No New Ideas…

Written on Wed, Jul 18, 2012 by Kyle posted by kyle

It’s hardly news that a good number of movies out the last year have been closely tied to already existing movies or other properties. This year alone we’ve had ‘The Avengers’, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’, and ‘Prometheus’ with big movies still coming this winter like ‘The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey’ and ‘Dredd’. We are most definitely living in an age where the highest budget movies we see are all sequels, reboots, or adaptations of popular books, comics, video games, TV shows, or Gods help us…board games.

For the longest time I thought this was a problem, but recently I’ve taken a harder look at some of these movies. Things, my friends, have changed. A perfect example? The ‘Dredd’ movie. Try comparing the forthcoming 2012 movie with the Sylvester Stallone version from 17 years ago. Allow me:


And Not-Stallone’s…

The original film was cheesy, over the top, and truly a product of its time. It paired Sylvester Stallone with Rob Schneider (and we’re still showering over that now, aren’t we?). In 2012, we have a dark and gritty movie about a dystopian future… more akin to the source from which it came.

It was easier to be judgmental, back when the Punisher was leaving skull topped knives for Louis Gossett Jr., and the Lord of the Rings were condensed into a short, crudely animated feature. I should note that in said adaptation, we were delighted with a trope never executed again; Where dying things got a brilliantly executed extreme closeup and and frame spin. Oh, those were the days.

My point here is that Hollywood will probably always make films that are built from previous ventures. It’s safer to use something that already has a fan-base. It’s near guaranteed money. Over time the studios seem to have realized that just throwing a name of an existing property on any old film isn’t good enough anymore (unless, perhaps it stars Angelina Jolie). We seem to have somehow entered a point where film makers are making faithful and entertaining adaptations. So the only thing to do now is try and encourage the trend by supporting these movies as they come out. Otherwise we may soon find ourselves returning to features that involve superhero dance-offs, and stories that having nothing in common with the source material… save for perhaps only a title to draw in unsuspecting fans. It’s a goldenish era to be a movie fan, and I for one can applaud it.

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