While film is a powerful medium that is often subject to rapid innovation, nowadays the film industry has become unoriginal for the sake of profit.
The essence of art is the presentation of new ideas in different formats. But Hollywood has readily done away with new ideas in order to generate revenue. The rise of franchises is indicative of this sacrifice. Movies nowadays are formulaic in their desire to be part of a connected universe, something that gained popularity due to the success of 2012’s The Avengers. Since then, movies have frequently been trying to continue off of an established universe. For example: 2018’s Star Wars-inspired Solo tried to reboot an old franchise and so did Halloween.
The live-action remake of The Lion King, coming out next year, also speaks to this issue. Despite the lack of innovation, Disney is going along with the idea because money will still be made. It’s also churning out other live-action movies based on classics such as Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast without introducing new concepts or ideas.
This complacency stagnates the film industry as a whole. Instead of pushing art into unexplored territories, big film producers are now appealing to our hunger for nostalgia. Though this may be understandable from a profit-seeking perspective, film loses much of its inherent meaning, take fewer risks and no longer pushes the boundaries of artistry. And without innovative art, culture also stagnates.
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