I think I’m beginning to sound more and more like an old lady each day. I’m a very nostalgic person, and I couldn’t really tell you why. Perhaps it’s because I attach special memories to the past or it’s because I had a skewed reality of the world and all its realities.
Nevertheless, I find myself often becoming frustrated with so many facets of today’s popular culture, reminiscing about the “good old days. ” Music, movies, TV, and even books just aren’t as interesting to me as they once were. Of course, there are anomalies to the trend. Not all of it is dull, unoriginal, and uninteresting, but most of it is. It becomes more pronounced with each passing year.
Over the weekend, me and a friend went to go see the new live-action adaption of Disney’s 1991 animated hit Beauty and the Beast. I’ve always liked the story, and I think its core themes are actually quite relevant. The film was enjoyable but that was to be expected. I mean it was a carbon copy of the animated version. Not exactly a new plot, but a different perspective. Basically, anyone that went to see it knew what they were getting. Maybe that’s what people want these days: to not be surprised.
Anyway, as my friend and I awaited the movie, we couldn’t help but notice that all of the previews were advertising sequels, reboots, or adaptations. There was not one preview showcasing a new movie, idea, script, or concept that no one has ever heard of. This is where I get frustrated. The movie industry has gotten incredibly lazy, but maybe its because they know consumers will most likely see movies they are familiar with. The argument is pretty circular. Either way, the industry makes billions a year, which is all they are concerned with anyway. Well, I am not most consumers and that is why I give maybe $20 to the movie industry–and that’s being generous–yearly. I love movies, but it is getting to a point that if you’ve seen one movie, you’ve seen them all, and that is soooo boring.
Here is a list of major movies that have been/ will be released in 2017:
Underworld:Blood Wars (sequel)
Split ( original script)
A Dog’s Purpose (based on a book)
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter ( I highly doubt it will actually be the final chapter)
Rings (sequel to The Ring movies)
The Lego Batman Movie ( the concept of batman and legos aren’t new, but the script is)
Fifty Shades Darker (Double Offense-adaptation and sequel)
Get Out (original script)
Logan (another X-Men/ wolverine flick)
Kong: Scull Island (this one’s pretty obvious)
Beauty and the Beast (reboot/ adaptation of an old fairy tale )
Power Rangers (how many more movies and tv series do we need of this?!)
Smurfs: The Lost Village( the world really does not need another smurfs movie)
The Fate of the Furious( Honestly, movie makers should have hung up the fast and the furious after Fast 7…)
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume II (sequel and comic book adaption)
Alien: Covenant (sequel)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (sequel, adaptation, and reboot with new actors and everything)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Jack Sparrow is back…again)
Baywatch ( based on a TV series)
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie ( I read a couple of these books as a kid. They are stupidly ridiculous and I can’t believe they are making a movie out of it. There will most likely be a “second epic movie,” and a third, and a fourth.)
Wonder Woman ( adaptation of a DC comic)
The Mummy ( Reboot!)
Cars 3 ( well it has a number after the title…)
Transformers: The Last Knight ( the last Transformers film was bland and predictable enough to put anyone to sleep. This will probably do the same. The plot is probably as follows: there is a threat, a lot of things blow up, everything’s good until there is some new threat at the end that will set up the next film. You’re welcome.)
Despicable Me 3 ( No, no, no.)
Spider-man: Homecoming ( Fun Fact: Marvel is on their third actor playing Spider-man and New York City will most likely get destroyed or something)
Annabelle 2 ( There is a number after the title)
The Lego Ninjago Movie ( So not only do we get a lego batman movie, but a lego ninjago movie! The script is at least original though.)
Blade Runner 2049 ( pretty positive this is a sequel or reboot )
My Little Pony: The Movie ( crying at this point)
Insidious: Chapter 4 ( Time to get scared-a 4th time!)
Saw: Legacy ( What Legacy??)
Thor: Ragnarok ( Marvel is just pumping out sequel after sequel)
Paddington 2 ( There is a number!)
Justice League ( Because DC has to compete with Marvel’s Avengers)
Wonder ( Okay, I might actually go see this.. the book was great, but it’s still an adaptation. A review of the book is actually up on my blog)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi ( yeah. Another one.)
Jumanji ( Reboot)
Pitch Perfect 3 (Should have hung it up after the first one)
I think all but two or so of the movies listed above are new concepts. So, there you have it. I’m sure most of you have seen some variation or earlier version of a lot of these films, so you’ve basically already seen them all. Not all movies are unoriginal, but the major blockbusters that most of us consume are. I’m not saying movie makers shouldn’t adapt books and comics into movies because they are great pieces of source material, but it is the over saturation of sequels and reboots that irk me. I’m really tired of people saying ” well everything has already been done.” Aren’t we more imaginative than that? 60% of the time sequels ruin their predecessors anyway.
On a more positive note, I’ve heard Logan, for instance, is really good. I thought Beauty and the Beast was good, and I will probably go see Wonder. The question is are these films good because they just are? Or are they successful because of the great sources they are derived from and mooching off of? I’m assuming the latter.
Movie makers: please be more imaginative.
** all movie poster images were found on imdb**