Friday, July 29, 2011

Hollywood—Get Real

Hollywood must believe that the only way to draw us into a theater is to give Sherlock Holmes the glitter of James Bond, portray the Three Musketeers as superheroes, and pit cowboys against ghastly aliens. If the script is really weak, they shove it in our face by releasing the movie in 3-D. Are there no real writers left in Hollywood? Are kids the only ones that can gin up box office? Flash and dash is great when it’s integral to a story, but a bore when it consumes the entire one hundred and ten minutes. Storytelling is an art. It seems Hollywood commits all of is creative talents to bookkeeping. It’s hard to believe that they’re still is an Academy Award for Best Screenplay.

1 comment:

  1. I wrote this rant over a year ago. There were a host of 3D movies in 2012 and a lot of special effects flicks like Battleship, but there were also more films with good story lines. In fact, the academy nominations for Best Original Screenplay show that storytelling might be coming back into fashion in Hollywood. Here are the 2012 nominees. You might note that there is a Western in the group.

    Amour, Written by Michael Haneke
    Django Unchained, Written by Quentin Tarantino
    Flight, Written by John Gatins
    Moonrise Kingdom, Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
    Zero Dark Thirty, Written by Mark Boal