Sunday, July 31, 2011

Hollywood Still Awful

Interesting theory over at Big Hollywood on just why modern movies are terrible.

I'd actually say he's underestimated the awfulness of liberalism. These guys not only have a downer on individual responsibility for bad behaviour, they don't believe in moral judgements in the first place - not unless the villain has blond hair anyway.

Consider the difference between 1971's The Omega Man and 2007's I Am Legend. In 26 years we've gone from Colonel Neville under siege by Matthias's crazed cult to Will Smith fighting CGI monsters. Of course, one problem may be that by 2007 standards, Matthias's cult were probably saner than half of California but at least they had a coherent motivation. Absent that, what are you left with? Two hours of Will Smith shooting at computer graphics.

In fact, it's a double whammy. Hollywood not only won't produce villains with any more coherent motivation than an urge to drown puppies, they simply assign any vaguely right-wing characters to the same puppy-drowning demographic.

Consider Michael Douglas in Wall Street, Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men or Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross. Chances are you can quote at least one line from each. They were meant to be villains, but they had rational motivations and the ability to explain why they believed what they did. In short, they were believable. Now? It's all drowned puppies and mutants.


JuliaM said...

Jack Nicholson's the villain in 'A Few Good Men'..?!?

Boy, I've been getting that film all wrong...

Anonymous said...

You can't handle the truth!

Squander Two said...

Funny thing about I Am Legend: they look like CGI but are in fact actors. Weird.

Anyway, I think you're wrong to use it as an example, because the whole point is that it's a vampire movie, albeit a strange one, and vampires have never had sensible motivation other than a desire to eat humans. Let's remember that Will Smith is also responsible for I, Robot, which perfectly skewers the eternal excuse for tyrrany.