Oh The Times They Are A’ Changing!

Last year saw a few awesome turns from the film industry as it slowly cranked the gears and chains to face a changing audience.

For me: I got an R rated Logan film, that was more than just a blood soaked superhero movie, but a moving, emotionally moving dramatic one too; a risk taking but ultimately successful hilarious and out-there Thor Ragnarok that took leave of its Shakespearean roots to fly under its own wing; and a mature Sony studio who let Marvel do right by Spiderman Homecoming instead of trying to use him as competition.

As someone who doesn’t partake in the horror genre, from the outside it looked to be a good year for those of a… scary palette in film as Get Out, IT and Split all made waves big enough to get into my enclosed pen.

As always, with every good decision, several poor ones are made.  Whether it be Alien Covenant, Justice League or Pirates of the Caribbean but it’s good to see that bigger companies are realising that big budgets and special effects don’t mean everything and that sometimes, the creativity of a director and a good script can help push a film from good to great.

So what am I looking forward to in the coming year?  Being able to look forward to films coming out instead of tentatively standing on the side, hoping and praying that they’ll get somewhere near my realistic expectations.  Now I’m not saying that everything is going to be great, but things like Avengers: Infinity War, Early Man and The Predator, where I have proved faith in the studio or creative heads, I’ll stop imagining the worst possible scenario and maybe even get back on the hype train a little.  Who knows, maybe I’ll start watching trailers again!

But like I said at the beginning, this is all the stuff I’m interested in and the stuff that I like to watch and so it’s hard to gauge how well the rest of the film industry is fairing when comparing it to its audience.  I mentioned that Pirates of the Caribbean was a bit of a critical bust, but it still made it into the top 10 grossing films of the year, just a little over $20 million behind Wonder Woman.  So I’d like to know how other people feel about their films, the ones marketed to them.  Are you feeling like the industry is making moves in the right direction for you or were you disappointed if you feel like it’s getting a little stale?

Looking at the figures it appears to be the former, with records being broken left, right and centre for the amount of money that your local cinema is pulling in, whether it’s the opening weekend or the longevity of a film’s profit.

Fun facts:

  • This was the highest grossing year for films with female leads: Beauty and the Beast, Wonder Woman and Star Wars The Last Jedi.  A record that has been in place since 1958!
  • Wolf Warrior 2 (#6 in the highest grossing films of 2017) was China’s highest grossing film ever and the only non Hollywood movie in the top 10 for a long time if not ever (I got to 2007 and stopped).
  • 17 films earned more than $500 million, 14 of those over $600 million and 10 over $700 million.
  • The Marvel Cinematic Universe have now grossed more than $13 billion, the most by any franchise ever!

And so the giant that is Hollywood moves on to better and greener pastures…hopefully…and very slowly and steadily…but we’re getting there!

Have a good one y’all!

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