ByChamp Johnson, writer at
I'm just a writer. A very bad one at the least.
Champ Johnson
I think there will be movie thea­ters in 1,000 years. People want the group experience, the sense of going out and participating in a film together. People have been predicting the demise of movie theaters since I started in the business. -James Cameron on the Future of Cinema

For as long as I can remember, going to the movies was my favorite pastime. Everything about it, the ushers, the smell of butter, overpriced concessions, my favorite things and it gives me a very special sense of nostalgia that no one can ever take away and that nothing can change.

Mmmmm... that buttery scent of popcornnnnnnnn......
Mmmmm... that buttery scent of popcornnnnnnnn......

But, there is something different about the cinema now. When I walk in, I feel as though people don't have the same excitement about movies as I do. Even all my favorite things about the movie theater (even the overpriced water) are all starting to go down the drain.

When I walked in the movie theater to see Big Hero 6 (yes, I went to go see it even though I am in high school), there was a sense of gloominess, interest was below par, and the employees looked like they didn't want to be there. Fast forward to the next day, I went to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1(at a different theater) and I felt the same way. The butter smelled bland, the seats weren't as comfortable as they used to be, and I didn't feel that sense of warmth, romance, and enthusiasm as I usually do when I enter the movie theater.

There is something happening in cinema and we need to fix it before things become disastrous. Directors, screenwriters, producers, anyone who can make an impact in the movie industry, please listen to me at this time. Movies have to be interesting, new, and... well... overall interesting and creative. Avatar, ground-breaking, creative, and took 15 years to make. It also became the first film to gross over $2 billion dollars. Directors and screenwriters, we've possibly seen every idea there is now.

It's time to start quality over quantity and actually sit down and think about this. I feel as though (and this is my opinion) the reason why the movie theater scene is getting bland is because there aren't many original ideas anymore. There are so much and possibly too many sequels, revamps, modernized stories, and parodies. (What I mean by parodies, i.e Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Snow White and The Huntsman, Maleficent... do I need to go on?)

Final Thoughts

Directors, Screenwriters, and producers... sit down and think about what you plan to put out. No more parodies, or sequels, or reboots, but real, creative, unseen stories that audiences will be very excited to see.

Just a thought.



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