We are nearing the end of August, and as such, the summer movie season is pretty much over. The only movies that come out now are the ones that couldn’t cut it earlier in the summer. As such, another summer movie season is over. As this one ends, and I look back to this summer, the only thing I can really say is that this is the first summer movie season in a long time in which I did not watch a movie pretty much every weekend. Whether it be because my movie tastes have changed, or I have found other things to do besides watch movies, or because in general the movies this summer sucked, or I am just sick of no originality in Hollywood where every single movie is a reboot or a sequel, I just did not watch as many movies this summer as I normally do.
The ones that I can recall right now watching include The Dark Knight Rises (good), The Amazing Spider-Man (good), Brave (good), Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter (sucks), and The Avengers (good). I might of watched more, but that’s all I can really remember right now. In the past, I probably would of shelled out the bucks to watch movies like Total Recall, Men in Black 3, Prometheus, and many others.
I’m looking at this list of movies, and pretty much the only one not based on a previous movie would be Vampire Hunter, and that one just plain sucked. The only reason I watched that one was because I read the book, which also wasn’t great, but wasn’t bad either. Is there such thing as a new movie anymore? Every freaking thing is a reboot now, like they really need one. Spider-Man reboot after we saw the exact same origin story less than 10 years ago? I heard that they are going to rebook the Fantastic Four. Superman is next year. You know they will reboot Batman again. Why not just reboot Iron Man now? Save yourself the time.
I don’t mind sequels as much, as that’s what comics have been all along. The same characters in a brand story every month. Yes, I get that. It’s how TV series work as well. So, sequels are okay with me so long as they tell different stories. I get it. But reboots bug me. I contributed to its continued existence by watching Spider-Man this past summer, so I can’t complain all too much. But, in general, why do we need to see the origin stories over and over again? If you want to make another Spider-Man or Batman or Superman movie, then by all means go at it. Why can’t it just be like James Bond in which each movie is a different story, and as the actor ages, you just change the actor. Seems to work pretty well for him. You do know that your source material is decades and decades old. There are untold number of stories there that you can draw from if you don’t want to come up with your own, so why always go back to the very first one?