DISCLAIMER: This post does not really have a point, its just a bunch of my organized thoughts on movies. Please feel free to read and comment if you agree or disagree. I love movie conversations. Enjoy!
I love movies. Now I am no great critic, honestly my opinion of films often revolve around one simple criteria; did I enjoy it? Did I feel like I got my moneys worth? Did I walk out of the theater thinking that I had not just wasted two hours of my life? If a film answers those questions positively than I feel satisfied. Now this does not mean I’m willing to die on that hill that a movie I liked is a piece of cinematic gold. For example, recently I watched the movie Uncharted at home, a movie based on a video game about a treasure hunter looking for lost treasure. The movie was less than two hours, and I love treasure hunt films. I would rate that movie 6/10 very middle of the pack, but worth my time. Some people, have this idea that if a movie is not a gold standard for film, then no one has any business watching it. As if watching an “ok” movie is a tragedy, an unforgivable act, an open declaration of war against the upper echelon of cinema. I never understood that attitude, but my point is there are movies I enjoy that I never talk about with people, and movies I love that I can talk about for hours. All this to say you are allowed to enjoy a shitty movie.
My issue with film today though is the absolute drought of movies with original thought. Almost every movie made nowadays is either.
3.Based on a book/videogame/board game/etc
Very few original films get made in todays day and age. But this does not mean they cannot be original or well done some are pretty phenomenal. Knives Out for example was a fresh take on an old formula (murder mystery) and is was one of my top three films that year. My issue is everything feels so stale and formulaic when we do not get any original ideas for a while. Horror movies are dished out as quickly as the fajitas at a Mexican restaurant, and never really have a plot, just jump scares or really disturbing scenes to try to traumatize you. To be fair I am not a horror movie fan though so for you horror heads you are allowed to enjoy your scare fests. I appreciate the genre, and Scream is one of my favorite movies of all time so I think there is some value in horror films. They just also have fallen into the same old routine in my opinion.
Then comes the giant planet sucking monster known as Disney. I love Disney, can’t lie, I am a sucker for a wholesome animated comedy with a lot of heart. Unfortunately, even they have gotten so bland for me recently. Inside Out, Coco and Moana were some of the last Disney/Pixar films I really enjoyed, Everything since I just have not been impressed with. I know many people might read that and give me shit saying “Zeb they have always been a corporate machine that makes cheesy movies to make a buck, its not new” and yeah I get that corporations are evil, Mark Zuckerberg’s a lizard man, the moon doesn’t exist blah blah blah. All movie studios make films to make money, all grocery stores sell groceries to make money, you go to work to MAKE MONEY everyone wants to make as much money as possible. That’s life. That doesn’t mean you don’t care about the product, there is a level of pride in what we create.
I just personally feel the quality of Disney films have gone down, but not necessarily everything Disney owns have reduced in quality. This leads me of course to Marvel. In my opinion the Infinity Saga is a testament to the finest movie franchise ever created. Not all the movies were perfect, but they had heart, built characters I really cared about, and did an amazing job bringing together a decades worth of cinema. Endgame planted itself firmly as one of my favorite movies of all time. I can agree infinity war was probably the better of the two film wise, but Endgame just hit all the right notes for me, closing the saga perfectly and its a time travel movie, my favorite movie plot line ever (Back to the Future remains my favorite movie of all time).
I admit after Endgame I was concerned with the future of Marvel movies because I just do not know how they can top it. I still am not as invested as I was with the infinity saga, but I decided to stick with it for now. My main concern lies in the multiple tv shows and new heroes they are bringing in. Wandavision, Loki, and Moon Knight were excellent. Hawkeye was ok, and I was just plain bored with Falcon and the Winter Soldier. I have never loved Bucky as a character. I am just worried there will soon be so much content to enjoy that the whole experience will become like a chore. So far the only quality Marvel film since Endgame has been Spiderman: No Way Home. Shang-Chi was decent, but sort of forgettable. Spiderman though brought back that excitement I had for Avengers Films and did not disappoint.
Tonight I am going to see Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, I have high hopes for it, its another one I have been excited to see, but not Spiderman level excitement. I may blog about Doctor Strange 2 after people have time to see it. Anyway, I just hope that Marvel can keep things fresh and keep me engaged in wanting to follow along with it. I think some people are tired of superhero films and I can understand that, I am sick of them other than Marvel, maybe I will get there one day but have not yet.
Anyway to close out my thoughts here, I hope we start getting some more original movies soon. Do not let someone else ruin a movie you enjoy for you, its ok to like “bad” movies. Feel free to tell me some of your thoughts on movies now days, what you like what you dislike. I hope to start blogging more about topics other than just spiritual things so I can get into the habit, so be on the lookout for me blogs as conversation starters. Thanks for reading!