My first experience with a movie franchise being watered down for teenagers and children was with Alien V. Predator. It was still a good movie; yet, it could have been way better. Many were so disappointed by the first film that they made a second one that was rated R. Due to the first film though, it could be argued by many that is why the second film never got a chance.
I am going to make the case that part of what made some of these movies great was the cinematic magic that it takes to make certain scenes realistic even when portraying literally impossible physical mechanics. Now some filmmakers have become lazy with CGI, digital audio and special effects. There is a lot of money to be made making movies; however, I feel many studios are just making movies to make the money over making movies to be good at making movies. I feel that is where many of the awesome creations that have come from the 1980's are going wrong now. Producers and directors are more worried about marketing than the content and quality of their products.
There is a reason people call the new Star Wars, Disney's latest toy commercial.
I write this article now because I have the hope the next Terminator movie will be legit. Upon seeing that Hollywood has rated this movie PG-13, I fear what James Cameron calls the real "T3" is going to be fluffed out. The advertisements have been very promising; yet, the movie will turn out however they decide to finish it.
If you are someone who shares my pain, it is time to write your own article and voice that opinion. Hollywood needs to hear it.