I remember the first time I went to see a film in the cinema; it was Toy Story. I smile thinking about it. I had the choice of either that or Independence Day. Some would look at it and wonder, why’d you choose what you did, when you think you could’ve had Will Smith, Aliens and explosions, but at the time I hadn’t seen anything about Independence Day, so I didn’t know what it was – if in doubt, go with what you know…
Anyway, I recently went to a cinema, and if I didn’t have a specific plan of what I was going to watch (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – I highly recommend it), I would have wondered straight out and bought an ice cream. All I saw was a rehash of romantic dramedies, Sam Worthington’s ridiculous hairdo in the new Titans 3D CGI fest and I forget what else, oh yes I remember wondering whether the cardboard cut-out of Hermione granger in The Deathly Hallows was life size.
Wasn’t going to the cinema/bioscope/’the pictures’/movie house supposed to be a highlight, an occasion even, a moment of time to savour? There was a time when only the rich could afford it, and they would dress up and have a lovely dinner after the showing, or just mingle in the foyer sipping a glass of champagne… those days are long gone. Well, perhaps the only place you’d find scenes akin to this is at art houses where film critics, aficionados and general thespians hang out. Still, instead of bringing the people to the cinema, Hollywood has taken the cinema to the people. The difference? – quality. What you get now is a barrage of mindless explosions, pointless dialogue and CGI with a remote semblance of a storyline. Ideas are borrowed replicated or just stolen and in the end you have several films released within a few months that all look and sound the same with the latest heartthrob or starlet, or even ‘singer’ (think Rihanna) plugging a major role.
Of course we all know this, seen it, read it all before; so why did I write this? Well, it seems that whenever someone brings this up, someone inevitably chimes in that: “Oh but part of the reason for the cinema is to escape and just switch off and not think”. Well you’ve got your wish – mindless cinema it is, and I thought there were easier ways to switch off. Mindlessness is not difficult, and now you still want to pay for it – good for you… NAILED IT!
What am I looking forward to? I’m like most others that expect a bit of quality with my popcorn. I’m just waiting for The Dark Knight Rises, and several months later, Skyfall. Who knows, maybe in the interim something will come up that surprises me, probably from Europe (The Skin I Live In)… If I include The Artist, that makes five films in one year… FIVE! FIVE… out of how many released?
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