For a company calling itself the “House of Ideas”, Marvel’s movies sure feel like same ol’, same ol’.
no one wants to believe that the future is probably going to suck. Yep. Global warming is real, the world is over-populated, we pollute at a rate that our planet will never be able to cope with, and to top it all off, as a species, we seem hell-bent on driving every other species into extinction. That’s our future. The planet’s screwed. We’re screwed. Our kids are screwed. Thank God I don’t have any, and thank God for movies.
But wait. Aren’t movies dying the same miserable death as our planet? For an art form that
“I didn’t want to do another Mad Max movie because I’d done three and I do have a lot of stories that I want to tell,” Miller said at last year’s San diego Comic Convention. “But the story came to me over 12 years ago, and I kept on pushing it away. I always find that those stories that keep on playing in your mind are the ones that you should pay attention to.”
prides itself on being technology’s bitch, forcing us to wear 3D glasses that would make even Ryan Gosling look like a schmuck, and to choke on high frame-rate images of things that were conjured up on a computer somewhere in New Zealand, film certainly shows a bizarre desperation to revisit the past. Over and over again.
I’ve talked many times about how Hollywood only seems concerned with rehashing products that come with a built-in audience—sequels, remakes, reboots, book adaptations, TV adaptations, board game adaptations, toy adaptations—and y’know what? I’m tired of being right. Sure, I’m generalising. So what? If you want to read something more specific, why don’t you lock yourself in your mum’s bathroom and get to work on that Bergman dissertation you keep flirting with?
In the meantime, go ahead and lie to me and tell me that last month’s Avengers 2 [pictured] doesn’t look like every other damn Marvel film since the first Iron Man came out back in 2008. It’s the exact same Happy Meal; only this time, it comes with extra patties—with meat from about a hundred different cows, by the way. Hey, I’m not saying I’m not going to watch it. Then again, I’m not saying I’ll never eat a Big Mac again either.
What about San Andreas? A disaster film? Really, wow, that’s never been done before, right? I mean, except for all the other disaster films that have been made since, like, the early 20th century. Plus, I’m sick of seeing LA get destroyed. Why can’t something happen to Singapore? I’d go see that. Hell, even Singaporeans would go see that!
On the plus side, the new Mad Max movie looks pretty cool. No CGI to be found in its trailers, but even then, you’re still looking at a reboot, no matter how director George Miller tries to spin it. Again, I’m not saying I’m not going to watch it; I’m just saying we should call it what it is—fast Food Cinema. And if the future seems bright to you, it’s probably because you’ve become addicted to the taste of Big Macs.