Updated: Nov 19, 2020
In the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s, Hollywood used to make original movies that were pure entertainment, enjoyable, and also had a message about society and many other aspects of our lives. Movies like Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, Goodfellas, Ridley Scott’s Alien, James Cameron’s The Terminator and Terminator 2, John Carpenter’s Halloween, Jaws by Steven Spielberg, and many others. These movies were enjoyable, fun to watch, but also masterfully directed, acted, and were fixed on telling a story that was a hybrid of fantasy and reality and were also vastly original. George Lucas’s Star Wars movie was also amazingly told, directed by him, and acted beautifully by Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher (RIP). But that era of moviemaking is gone now because in the 21st century, 95% of Hollywood is purely focus on making pointless reboots, remakes, sequels, and rehash and rehash and rehash. Every time audiences go to the cinema to relax and have good time, instead of watching anything original on the screen, they are watching the same thing over and over again and its really frustrating because everything to them is like “ been there, done that”. For example, RIPD is a cheap rehash of Men in Black, Taken 3 is a copy of The Fugitive, and The Roommate is a PG-13 rated sanitized carbon copy of Single White Female. All of these movies are what we saw before and what we saw done better and now it’s just a complete retread of those better movies.
Whenever Hollywood makes an original movie, producers become greedy so they won’t leave that thing alone and would continue to make pointless sequels just to make money and not care or listen to what the audiences want. The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day were two of the best action movies ever and they were great movies, original, and beautifully told and there was a beginning, middle, and an end. But Hollywood being what they are notorious for and that is milking a cow until it’s unable to produce any more milk and so, they would continue to make needless and pointless Terminator sequels until they stop making money. That’s why we had Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator Salvation, Terminator Genisys, and finally Terminator: Dark Fate. These movies weren’t what made audiences and fans love Terminator in the first place. Audiences loved the first two Terminator movies because they were unique, original, great action combined with special effects, beautifully acted, directed, and they also had a commentary on how artificial intelligence could interact with human beings and learn the value of human life and they had great character development. Characters you cared about and wanted to succeed. The sequels after Terminator 2 were just boring like Fast and Furious or any other typical action movies that are just capitalizing on the success of Terminator 1 and Terminator 2. These movies have no interest in character development, story consistencies or originality. They are just literally 5 to 10 minutes of exposition and 20 to 30 minutes of explosions, chase sequences, shootouts, and fight sequences with an overabundance of CGI in your face everywhere.
Same thing happened with Halloween movies with Michael Myers. Halloween was a financial and critical success and it started the whole genre of slasher movies that we are so used to seeing nowadays. It had a creepy atmosphere, a great villain, great heroine, exciting and thrilling story, and a social commentary on innocence and evil. But every other Halloween movie after that seems to think that people loved the first Halloween movie in 1978 just because of Michael Myers and they don’t care about characters or plot. That’s never the case and they have become more of slasher movies that don’t feel like Halloween movies and they are just filled with characters that are just bodies for Michael Myers to kill and all the characters want to do is that they want to talk about sex, drugs, who they have a crush on, and what they are doing in college and that is one of the most stereotypical portrayal of teenagers in every slasher movie.
Other movies are meant to be stand-alone movies that are never meant to have sequels or become a franchise like Jaws and The Matrix. The reason that these sequels, rehash, reboots, and remakes are being made is because a truckload of money just dumped on their lawn and in the opening weekend, they earn 70 million dollars or even 1 billion dollars because they aren’t original, lot of money is put on the visuals or anything else rather than story development, character development, or consistencies, and the idea already exists so they don’t have to think of anything original because originality is very hard to find and get nowadays, so Hollywood goes the easy route and just make everything that we have already seen before. When Hollywood makes anything original, audiences dismiss it as a pretentious movie and because of the reception it gets. It flops at the box office and people buy it on Blu-Ray and never watch it, choosing to instead keep it on the shelf.
If Hollywood is not going for originality, I think this will be the end of cinema as we know it.