Is Hollywood Running out of ideas?

With new movies coming out such as Star Wars, Ride Along 2, Kung Fu Panda 3, Fifty Shades of Black, Allegiant, two new marvel movies (Deadpool and Captain America: Civil War), Star Trek: Beyond, and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, it would seem that original films are becoming more and more rare. Is hollywood running out of new, innovative, and creative stories to tell? While almost everything is a sequel, triquel, or another superhero movie, the few new films like The Boy, The Forest, and American Ultra tend to suffer and get negative feedback. Does hollywood not put enough effort towards these more original words and only rely on the ones they know are more likely to sell?

  • Great critical point!! Now that CGI has arrived, is established and expected in almost every movie, the ability to create visual images that previously inhibited movie production it seems as if there are no new ideas. Just new visual experiences. One movie I think that was original with CGI was Matrix and its existential themes. The dawn of CGI started off promisingly enough but then new ideas seemed to dwindle with the success of Lord of the Rings. I think this is a phase in movie making. I predict that over time, there will be many new ideas as story making is instinctive from the time of the first cave drawing, humans have wanted to share their story. – Munjeera 8 years ago
  • You act as if all of Hollywood is one singular entity, when each of these films is helmed by a Director, written by a Writer, and produced by a Producer, all of which are different people for each film. Hollywood cannot simply be defined as a singular person, nor one that chooses to put more effort into one film and less into another. The point where good films from both the studio side and independent side suffer is marketing. So if you want to be more accurate, you should probably look at how film marketing is handled. Budget can also be a factor, but if you know what you're doing, a reasonably good budget of around $20,000,000 can get you a lot of places, you just have to spend it wisely. Also, there were more films last year and the year before that were fantastic but weren't big-budget action films. There was also Brooklyn, Suffragette, Ex-Machina, Her, Mr. Nobody, Birdman, Whiplash, and plenty of foreign animated films that gain cult favorite status, but not mainstream status. – Jonathan Leiter 8 years ago

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