What happened to Hollywood? Why are there so many terrible movies coming out so often? Will it ever end? No. It seems that now, studios care about one thing and one thing only: money. A great example of this is almost the entire genre of horror. Horror movies have a general tendency to be awful, to the point where we are actually surprised when a horror movie comes out and it is legitimately scary and well made. So this begs the question: Why are they so bad so often? Well this would be because horror movies are usually very cheap to make. It is the norm for a horror movie to be able to make a profit at the box office strictly based on the fact that it didn't take much money to make it. This also goes with found footage movies. Audiences finally wised up to the found footage genre as it eventually went from novelty to gimmick in a short period of time.
Going to the theater is not cheap, and with so many streaming services available at the touch of a button from your couch, it takes more to get people out of their houses and into the theaters. The general idea is that people go to the movies to get away from the outside world for two hours, and sitting in front of a giant screen is ideal for that. That also requires something to get your adrenaline pumping so you feel like you had a good experience even if the movie was no good. Here is where the problems start to arise...
Problems like the Transformers franchise that is actually going into its fifth installment. Can you believe that? These movies are absolute garbage. So why would studios continue to make them? Well that would be because these films make stupid money. Transformers is one of the most profitable movie franchises of all time. These films consistently get panned by critics, yet people still pack the theaters to see what's new. My only guess is because of the spectacle. Spectacle movies that have interesting action tend to make a bunch of money at the box office, but the problem is that when studios see this, there usually isn't much effort to make better films. Make what the people will go see in a theater. It's the same reason the Fast and Furious franchise is going to catch up with James Bond one of these days. This franchise was built off pure adrenaline and motor oil. To its credit though, at least the films have become more bearable lately. Still there is not much to them.
Now don't misunderstand what I'm saying and assume that I'm a hipster who refuses to like certain thing just because they are popular. False, I love big budget films. My big problem here is that blockbuster franchises like these tend to become oversaturated and take up the market space, providing less opportunity for up and coming filmmakers who want to tell a real story. So thank the good Lord for the independent film industry. This gives actors and filmmakers an opportunity to focus on their craft rather than big budget brainlessness.
Ever since Marvel found their success as cinematic universes, every other studio has wanted one or multiple of their own. So they come out with films that do nothing but tease a larger universe rather than focusing on the movie we're actually watching. We often get an unfinished movie, or just a plain old bad one, that has nothing but nods of things to come, or tons of exposition that tells us this is just one chapter in a large story. Franchises are fine, but make a good first film first. Even if it doesn't blow up the box office, if the film is good, then you can make a sequel and people will remember. The best example of this working is Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight franchise. But studios don't seem to get that the first movie has to actually be good.
Folks, if you want better movies to come out, stop spending your money on garbage, otherwise, that's all you'll get, and will continue to get. Respect the art, respect the artists, and dare our filmmakers to do better!