Have you seen the most recent reboot of that prequel’s sequel? You know, the one that was a remake? If you’re not sure which one I’m talking about, you and me, my friend, have something in common. I’ve got lost in all those sequels, prequels, reboots, and remakes as well. By now every movie or TV show known to mankind was repurposed in one way or another. Live long enough and you’ll see your favourite movie or TV show brought back from the dead. Just like all the other undead, these franchise zombies want your BRAINZZZ.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m well aware of the fact that art has been repurposed as long as art exists. Remakes, reboots, and franchise expansions of movies and TV shows are as old as these media. However, the quantity and declining quality of these current franchise expansions seems unprecedented. The aim of today’s franchise expansions, it seems, is not anymore based on the desire to enrich the existing story, the aim is to make money. Lot’s and lot’s of money. A while ago, the people over at Comic Book Girl 19 posted an insightful video titled: “The Real Reason behind Hollywood Sequels, Remakes, and Reboots“. I’ll highly suggest you to watch that video and also to subscribe to their channel!
There is nothing wrong with releasing sequels, prequels, reboots, or remakes. The trouble is that far too often, quality seems to be a low priority when making a reboot or remake. It is 2016, do we still need tropes like “the first person to die in a film being a person of colour” (Jurassic World, anyone?), “bitchy career woman” (Also, Jurassic World), or “pitiable disabled person” (Me Before You)!? Is it really too much to ask for movie-makers to start treating mainstream movies like an artform again?
These days, going to the cinema and watching a reboot or remake is a 50/50-chance that it’ll suck. Who else left the cinema in the last 12 months angrily after having watched a reboot/ remake/ sequel? Add the ever increasing ticket prices and you’ll know why I’m so hesitant to go to the cinema these days. In fact, these days, I can’t bring myself to go to the cinemas more than once a year. Now, there are, of course, still many films released based on an original story or idea. The trouble is, not all cinemas will play them. If you’re living in a small town or rural area, your cinema will most likely only show the big blockbusters. So, trying to support independent films or those with an original idea is not always an option.
The more remakes, reboots, sequels, prequels and so on are released the more I find myself exploring the realm of TV and books. This, of course, is also not helping the overall situation, but then again, what can you do? I’m not too sure where I’m going with this rant, all I know is that many people out there feel like me.
In an attempt to end this post in a positive note, let’s share some recent films based on an original idea! What was the most recent film that blew your mind? It doesn’t have to be a film from Europe or the US.
Let’s try and enrich our horizons with fresh new brainzzz…..uh, I mean films. Let’s share fresh new films!