*For part one, click here.
Before we begin I think we should refresh our memories as to what we talked about in part one. We talked about the issue of remakes, reboots, & sequels. Saying how most of them were unnecessary and a waste of creative talent. We talked about how, yes, superhero movies are good, but that are attention whores of Hollywood and stealing the spot light every year isn't good for other movies. Within the superhero conversation, we lightly touched on typecasting, and I said I would talk about it more in part two, so I figure we should start where we left off.
Typecasting; If you don't know what it is, here is the wiki description:
"In television, film, and theatre, typecasting is the process by which a particular actor becomes strongly identified with a specific character; one or more particular roles; or, characters having the same traits or coming from the same social or ethnic groups. There have been instances in which an actor has been so strongly identified with a role as to make it difficult for him or her to find work playing other characters."
Get it? Got it? Good. Let's continue. Did you catch what it said at the end there? "There have been instances in which an actor has been so strongly identified with a role as to make it difficult for him or her to find work playing other characters." That is a huge issue. Take Hugh Jackman for example. How do you know Hugh Jackman? From what movie? Exactly; almost everyone knows him as Wolverine. He is Wolverine, and we are fine with that. But do we ever think about how that effects the rest of the industry? Not only does it effect Hugh, but when he doesn't do Wolverine movies anymore and we need a new actor as Wolverine, that actor will only be compared to Hugh every step of the way. Robert Downey Jr; we all know him as Iron Man but who remembers him as Sherlock Holmes? The point that is trying to be made here, is that typecasting can be bad for many careers. Like, Adam Sandler; What do you think of when you think of Adam? Silly dumb-ass doing the weird voice from Water Boy, right? Well that's because that is his most common persona. Very few people think of Adam Sandler and think "sad dramatic guy who needs a hug" even though he has played that character multiple times (Punch Drunk Love, Reign On Me). But that's about that. This topic doesn't have much to it, but it's super important.
This was one of the biggest genres in Hollywood before superhero movies were a thing. But comedies have been on a decline for years now. I mean, exhibit A:
But that is a very drastic example. However at the same time it's not. I will do my best not to mention Adam Sandler again, but it will be hard not to. One of the main issues with comedy is that it's no longer clever. Comedy movies rely on sex to get people to laugh because they are uncomfortable, not because it was funny. Now of course this isn't always the case, you can't generalize a whole genre under one characteristic, it's impossible. There are good comedy movies that do rely on wit and cleverness to make people laugh, Like Deadpool! Now before you start yelling at me about Deadpool having sex jokes-yes, it does, but, it also has really funny jokes that don't rely on making people uncomfortable to laugh. Like when he shot the already dead guy three times and wasted bullets and said "worth it!", that's funny! Sadly, those kind of jokes are not the majority. What the comedy genre needs to do, is to go back to it's roots. Don't worry about a super story, focus on making quality comedy and the rest will follow. Making movies like National Lampoons Vacation, or Ghostbusters, does this mean all comedy movies need to be kid friendly and can't be any higher rated than PG? Of course not! But, just take it down a notch or two. Adam Sandler. Damn it! I tried and that's all that matters.
I just wrote a whole article on how we can "save" the horror movie genre, so I find rewriting all of it kind of pointless. You can read that here. I will give just a short summery of what I wrote. The general idea was that, they are over using certain things. Such as jump scares, gore, etc. Not that those are bad, but just, cool it. Also, R rated horror movies do less, so mower the amount of those. Lastly, found footage movies are just a cheap clone of The Blair Witch Project, So less of those please.
Before we recap, I just wanted to mention one thing that needs to be said, but doesn't need its whole section. The MPAA rating system sucks and needs to fixed. I should be able to see a movie like Rambo if I'm 16, it's just dumb, fix that. Okay, now for the recap.
So to bring it all together, we should try to abolish typecasting for the sake of the careers of those we love to watch. Comedies need to rely more on wit and cleverness, horror movies need to really take a step back, evaluate themselves, and come back better than ever. Also MPAA sucks.