In this first episode of Film Theory I discuss the future of hollywood in relation to the implosion Steven Spielberg foresees. 2015 is shaping up to be this end of movie days perfect storm. If movie sh*t hits the fan, what happens after?
Ben Affleck has surprisingly been cast as the next Batman in Man of Steel 2. This brings up a movie question: What’s the difference between an actor and a star? Let’s search for some Movie Truth. It’s time to theorize. Long Live Good Movies!
Elysium preview review Film Theory discussion explores the idea that our Box Office dollars are like votes that determine the future of NOT movies in general, but in the fate of the directors and potential franchises. Let’s explore Elysium, what brought it into reality and what happens if it’s a hit or a miss. Long Live Good Movies!
What’s the difference between Film and Television? How do stories differ on the big and small screens? Is there a difference between Breaking Bad and Battleship? Let’s find some Movie Truth. It’s time to theorize!
Once again, I don't want to sound insulting, but having just seen Age Of Extinction, I think calling it "The Extinction Of Good Storytelling" is complete hyperbole. Yes, it is a bit shallow, but I found it to actually have some effort put into it in terms of the story and characters. Again, multiple films have been released this year, or are about to be released, that have more depth to them and have been successful. I see nothing wrong with going to see this movie, and I love good movies.
I respect and agree with your thoughts. Ultimately, see what you want to see and don’t mind what people think, in the end all taste is subjective. I have an idea of what “good” storytelling is, and that is different from another movie fan’s idea of it. Who is right? Probably both. Is there an objective truth that can be agreed on when it comes to quality? Not sure. Thank you for asking this question so I have to think about it….
Maybe the best way to look at it is like this…we can’t expect Transformers to be The Godfather, just as we can’t expect The Godfather to be like Transformers. When you want a steak, get a great steak. When you want potato chips, get great potato chips. One can’t be the other, so get the best version of what you want. Hopefully, Hollywood is giving us the best Transformers it knows how to make and giving us the best The Godfather it knows how to make.
The injustice, the “extinction of good storytelling” comes when Hollywood knows it could make a better film but doesn’t because it doesn’t have to because it’ll get what it wants (box office) by putting in just half the effort.
So, when watching ANY movie, Oscar-worthy or popcorn-worthy let’s just ask, “Did Hollywood put all their effort, energy and creativity into making every aspect of that movie?”
So, could Transformers have been a better version of what it wanted to be? Or, was it pretty damn close to doing everything it should, would, could have?
Also, I believe that you once said that plot driven storytelling never works. Why is that? Cause some of my favorite stories have been plot-driven, but still allowed the characters to act believable and sympathetically. While they did have a pre-determined plot driven role, they still acted like human beings, and had good character development. I personally feel that we need to have a balance of character and plot focus in stories.
I wouldn’t say it “doesn’t work.” I’d say its static when it comes to character. The Classic James Bond movies of the 70s and 80s (aside from the one where he got married) are plot driven - same static character facing a different villain with new set pieces. Same unfolding of story, just replace the gadgets and action.
Character-driven story means unpredictable change-based story experiencing. Plot based is expected and familiar, character based is adventurous and unknown. It’s formula vs. ingredients. I enjoy James Bond as much as the next guy, there’s nothing wrong with that, but it does have limits. Plot based is also safe for marketable repeatable sequel success. Character-driven is done less and less because there’s no way to know if it will succeed. It’s too risky.
Yes, the characters can feel real in plot based stories, which is great, but by definition, they really don’t have an impact on how the story turns out. If you change the character changes, the story should change. If not, then it’s plot based.