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Stop The Reboots!

by Clay Conger 29 April 2013 130 views No Comment E-mail Clay Conger

Yes, we all loved “The Dark Knight Rises,” and that film would not have happened if the Batman series was not rebooted by Christopher Nolan. Reboots can and sometimes do produce great work, but I’m going to go with the saying, “a little goes a long way.” And for the past five years or so, that “little” has been stretched more thin than a flimsy rubber band.

Everything is getting the reboot these days, and most of the time it doesn’t make any sense. Batman needed a fresh start because of the pun-ridden crapfest that was “Batman and Robin” which killed the franchise of the 90′s. But, really, “Total Recall,” “The Thing?” You can’t successfully reboot 80′s movies for the current audience. That decade was all cheesiness, montages, one liners from Arnold Schwarzenegger and that does not translate well to 2013. Now we all want is realism, grit, and tragic heroes. And come on, “Footloose?” There are some actors you can’t replicate, and the casual, smirky Kevin Bacon is one of them.

The biggest issue is not just how many of the reboots are poorly executed, but rather, why they’re even being done in the first place. Easy money grab? Producers know these movies will earn money based on the success of the originals, so they arrange directors, script writers, and actors to get on board and poof! The movie is completed. There’s no art in it, no real passion. It is a pure monetary investment with the promise of profit. That’s not movie making, that’s playing The Stock Market.

There is a limit of what movies make it mainstream, and anytime I see a commercial for a reboot all I think about is the creative, original movie that didn’t get a chance to hit the big screen because no one paid attention to it. What are we sacrificing in order to see the same movie again?

So what do we do? How do we get better or at least fresher ideas in the theaters? Stop watching reboots. Pocket that money for something less stupid. Go watch “Silver Linings Playbook.” Get on Netflix. Download. Anything. But stop encouraging the monotony of cinema. Don’t give laziness a reward. And if “The Breakfast Club” ever hits theaters, I’ll be writing to you all from my new home in Amsterdam.

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