Is it only me (I’m sure it’s not) who is sick to death of the complete and utter lack of originality in Hollywood today? I get it that celebs and filmmakers are obviously busy spouting their political opinions to the masses who don’t give a damn what they think and who just want to be entertained for a few hours, but it has gotten to the point where the art itself suffers.
Case in point, I just saw a commercial for the new Charlie’s Angels movie. Wait, what? Wasn’t there already a bad Charlie’s Angels movie released in 2000 with Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, and Drew Barrymore? Wasn’t that enough punishment? Obviously not as there is a newer version coming out later this year with the perpetually wooden Kristen Stewart and two other actresses of whom I’ve never heard.
Well, that got me thinking about the recent, and even not so recent, spate of prequels, sequels, and remakes over the past several years. Saw was great, Saw 7 was not. The Final Destination franchise has four sequels. Scream, Friday the 13th, and Halloween all have multiple sequels. And it’s not just horror movies (which happen to be my favorite, by the way.) Toy Story, The Lion King, The Godfather, Shrek, Star Wars, Star Trek, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and so many more in other genres are also subject to multiple sequels. And don’t even get me started on comic book superhero movies. Now, granted, not all of these sequels (or prequels) are terrible, but the majority are and simply serves to demonstrate that the only thing contemporary filmmakers are interested in today is taking a cash cow and milking it.
And the remakes. Remakes galore. Rob Zombie ruined Halloween and Halloween 2. Other remakes are also horrible such as The Last House on the Left, 12 Angry Men, Poltergeist, Ghostbusters, I Spit on Your Grave (which not only was remade poorly but also had some shit sequels), and many more. Look at Disney and the dozen live-action remakes from classic animated films or the ad nauseum American remakes of foreign films.
Is this necessary?
Doesn’t anybody have any original ideas anymore?
I guess not.