The State of Flix

The films of today beg for unbiased and casual review. Too often are the ratings skewed for every reason but the purpose of them. To rate a movie for how it is. For the love and passion put forward by the actors, director, and film crew. Too often is this hard work overshadowed by bandwagons and corporate greed. Nowadays, most don’t want to feel alone on an opinion. Luckily, you might just have a family here to stand with.

The Heroic State of Movies:

By: Austin J.

The film industry is like a teenager. It goes through phases of whatever is deemed “coolest” at the time. It will often direct itself towards whatever can make it the best buck, and it is controlled and monitored by older people who are much wealthier.

The state of the film industry is that of the superhero. There’s countless movies, short films, TV shows, and skits done every year (And personally I’d be the last guy to complain.) This is almost entirely thanks to the success Marvel Studios has had with their character portrayals and continuity. The MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) has standardized a new era of film. No longer are movies assumed to be open and shut, but open ended. To contain resolution but leave room for continuation.

However, the MCU was not revolutionary in the sequel genre, but it was in the sheer scale of story telling performed. The dedication of years and years that wrapped up an over arcing theme presented over its existence is just one of the reasons that it performed outstandingly in the box office every time. The other being its character portrayals. Robert Downey Jr. and his role as Tony Stark in Iron Man begun this cinematic universe and immediately had fans falling in love with the character that many had never seen content on before prior. This star performance turned into a trend with Chris Evans becoming a favorite as well in his role as Steve Rogers in Captain America: The First Avenger and Chris Hemsworth as Thor.

With great performances done by so many others, it is not confusing to understand why these films have taken over the film industry. However, it is understandable to why many have such great issue with it. With such great box office success, the attempt to replicate it in other studios or genres has skyrocketed. Most notably is this seen in the DCEU. As even with its plethora of suitable and entertaining source material, the ball is dropped time and time again, and I blame time. Studio executives want the money that the MCU has made but they don’t want the work and faith put into the writers and directors that achieved such great success. They want it now, and to do that, they need to rush studios to churn on the content needed to create a universe that people will become attached and bound to see as each one comes out.

It all seems to come down to money. Spending the least amount with the greatest return. But where does that leave room for passion? Where does that leave room for the directors, writers, and actors who grew up reading these stories to produce a worthy adaptation to the big screen. The unfortunate thing is, it doesn’t. You can see where good intentions are and where they were squeezed dry from greed. Gal Gadots portray of Diana Prince in Wonder Woman was well received with a box office of 822.8 million dollars. The care taken to ensure a worthy adaptation was there, as they hired professionals who would have the best shot at portraying the character properly. Wonder Woman 1984 did aggressively worse, only bringing in 169.6 million, making it a net loss from its 200 million dollar budget. Is this because they hired less capable people who were thought to bring more mass appeal? Was there an unreasonable due time that held them back from formulating something cohesive and memorable? The budget had 50 million more dollars than its successful predecessor. Unfortunately, this will likely lead to the character not being green lit for a solo movie in this foreseeable future at no fault to anyone but guidelines given but the person who structured the unreasonable guidelines for the sequel. As it wasn’t a sure thing success as the first one turned out to be.

In Conclusion

No longer are superhero films expected to be a complete story during its runtime, but a story that can tie into a great narrative. Every superhero film is not just analyzed for its hero but for the setting and universe it is setting up, and while it is not a bad thing to expect the hero to come back in another film or for the conflict to reverberate into other films. It has and will continue to give producers the inclination to bite off more than they can chew and forget about the source material they originally chose to focus on first.

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