Dan Smith--BYU wrote:
A reboot of a remake of a not very good 1961 movie. (Sorry, Frank, even Jilly agrees.)
Guess they didn't learn anything from Ghostbusters? Who the hell greenlighted that?
Everything is recycled and what is not is comic book level crap.
With the exception of certain creative projects like La La Land which was good, not great, and certainly not West Side Story or Singin in the Rain or even Les Miz.
I think the occasional great TV series like Breaking Bad or Black Mirror or Silicon Valley are killing movies.
To risk sounding Trumpian-- this is almost 100% about China. The US box office numbers are staggering off a cliff, while the total of all other countries in the world excluding US & China is holding pretty steady with some growth here and there. China box office is around 10 times what it was 5-7 years ago. So. Hollywood makes movies with universal jokes (farts and crapping one's pants and the underling's making fun of superiors), fancy cgi and pictures, and broad themes that can be understood and not lost in translation. Making films like that has the side benefits of being palatable to undereducated and simplistic thinking American people AND it provides incredible cross-marketing and merchandising revenue streams. Most of those Chinese have never seen classic American films, so remaking them is a no-brainer.
Personally, I can't think of worse movies to make, but it does create a lot of jobs.