In light of the endless whining about the Twilight series, it's time for a new rant. A long overdue rant about people who complain about the movies that other people like. Not the people who can simply dislike something, get on with their lives, and let fans be fans. I'm talking about people who feel the need to go out of their way to make it a well-known, historical, 100% fact that they hate a movie.
As with everything else, many people blame the turn of the century for the so-called fall of the film industry. 2000 movies are branded as remakes, book translations, and CGI.
Three questions: were all 90s movies feel-good family films and buddy comedies? Was every movie made in the 1980s either a slasher or an action film? Is every 1970s movie a blaxploitation or about discos? No. So what makes the label given to the 2000s any better?
Remakes are perhaps the most hated Hollywood fad. General society just loves to hate remakes. The way studios take older films, hire new actors, rewrite the dialog, put current musicians on the soundtrack, and turn that film into something completely different from what it was based on. If I didn't know better, I'd say they were remaking that movie.
Some people clearly don't understand the concept of a remake. A remake is simply a movie that borrows the characters and plot of an older film and tells the story in a different way. In other words, the further it strays from the original while keeping the main idea, the better.
The biggest problem with remakes is that most fans of the original expect it to have too many unnecessary things from the original. They want the new characters to have the same personalities as the old ones. They expect the same funny lines. They want the movie to take place in the same decade as the original. And by the end of the movie, they're so upset about all those things being remade, that the only reason they can say they hate it is because it avoided all of those expectations. It's their biased point of view that keeps them from enjoying it.
The same can be said for the recent array of films based on old children shows. This is an iffy transition because it is meant to appeal mainly to both kids and nostalgic adults. Not that there's anything wrong with adults who like children movies, but most adults don't have the frame of mind for fair judgment. Still, this trend is surprisingly well-received by its two target audiences.
But there's also adults who watch -- or more commonly, don't watch -- these movies and flame the hell out of them. And all they really say is the same lines over and over again:
"Pssh, I'm not going to see this movie because I like my version better. Oh, my God, they killed my childhood! Kids these days are so stupid for liking this crap. Aw, I knew this movie was gonna suck, but my kids loved it."
Well, no kidding, Sherlock! It was a kid show back then, and it's a kids movie now. Of course the kids like it. And the "they killed my childhood" line is disturbingly pathetic.
The Saw series is often used as an example of how gory and mindless the movies of today are. It is definitely gory, but it isn't as mindless when you understand the messages behind them.
As many Americans are aware, this country has a serious health crisis. People are going bankrupt left and right because of their medical bills. Sick people are getting turned down because they have no insurance. Those who pay all this money for insurance aren't receiving their specific treatment, and don't figure that out until it's too late.
I'm sure you're asking, "what does this have to do with Saw?" Well, if some of you weren't so busy complaining about how pointless the series is, you'd know the answer: everything!
The first Saw revolves around a dying cancer patient, Jigsaw, who was denied treatment by the hospital. He kidnaps lowlifes and has them solve puzzles with grim solutions. Those people have a choice of overcoming a fatal obstacle and -- if they do so in time -- living the rest of their life with the resulting pain, or not doing anything and dying.
That is very similar to America's healthcare system. Spend every dime you own, or die. Have your legs cut off, or die. Take some medication that may have side effects, or die.
The series presents an interesting metaphor. They could tone down the violence, but why should they? Because some people hate that much violence and think they're entitled to mess it up for people who don't? The title, posters, and plots should be a big enough message for anyone to know that if you hate movies full of excessive gore and violence, Saw is NOT for you.
To me, it's both hilarious and disturbing to see people stress themselves out when they meet people who like the movies they don't like. And then they'll call that person immature and assume that they would prefer a "popcorn movie" because the movie in question is too difficult for them to understand.
Who are you to judge a fan of something just because you don't like that something? It is normal for people to have their own opinions, and whether they like a movie is their choice. To gripe over it shows that you don't have much ground to stand on when it comes to discussing what mature behavior is.
The same goes for people who love one movie and bash another just because the first is better, then get mad when someone does the same to them. For example, people who claim that fans of today's horror movies don't know real horror because they've never seen older movies (their logic, not mine). They go on and on about how the movie doesn't scare them, so it is not a horror film. Then they turn around and pout when a fan of new movies watches an older one and doesn't get scared. Of course, that's when the "you're just desensitized" excuse makes a cameo appearance.
The notion that a person cannot enjoy one type of movie as well as its opposite, so to speak, is ridiculous in itself. Nothing more than a stereotype. If you can't enjoy both, fine. But you sound foolish when you speak for everyone else.
I've seen every live action Batman movie except Batman Begins and the 1966 movie. Do you know which one is my favorite?
Could it be The Dark Knight? Is it Tim Burton's first Batman movie? Or even Batman Returns?
No, no, and... no.
My favorite Batman movie is Batman Forever. Yes, THE Batman Forever that most of its audience remember mainly for its... interesting depictions of The Riddler and Two-Face, and for being the predecessor of Batman and Robin, which is considered to be the worst superhero movie of all time.
But why is that? Why do I like this one out of all of The Bat's movies, including the few animated films I've seen? Is it because of the 90s feel to it? Is it because Jim Carrey is in it? Is it because it involves Batman and Robin their first live film since the Adam West and Burt Ward days?
I have a better question: why do I even need a "good" reason for choosing a favorite out of the bunch? I like Batman Forever because it's an entertaining movie. Does it mean that I don't like The Dark Knight? No. Am I nonexistent because I'm a man who prefers a certain panned movie to a film that is considered a classic?
Believe it or not, there are plenty of people out there who like Batman & Robin. There are people who like Steel. Some people like Will Ferrell movies. And you know what else? Many of those people like your favorite movies, too. And I don't mean they like the above movies because they think they are so bad, they're good, but because they consider them entertaining.
That's what movies are for: entertainment. They all don't have to have a huge plot that makes the audience look at life in a whole new way. Not all of them need Avatar special effects combined with a The Expendables cast. But some of them do have those things because that's what some people want. There are plenty of movies in the world for everybody, whether they like comedy, horror, drama, it's all there, even today. Sure, some movies appeal to certain people more than others, but that's called variety. When you expect everything to appeal to you, you're doing the same thing you claim Hollywood is doing "these days."
And that's exactly what most of this rant's targets do. Grown men and women getting upset at the popularity of children movies that they "don't understand." Hemophobes whining about Saw. Some people whining about too much violence in movies today, others whining about lack of violence. Chauvinistic men whining about female leads in action films. Just whining about a lack of variety right after watching movies that clearly don't cater to their interests.
Watch something else if you don't like those movies. Don't act like you're some godly film critic who decides the IQ and maturity level of the fans. Change the channel, don't buy a ticket, don't buy the video, tell someone else to take your kids, watch "your" movies, and shut up already.
In conclusion, I'll leave you with something else I find amusing. Some of the people who complain come up with incredibly pathetic reasons for getting so upset about other people's interests. Reasons such as, "(insert actor here) has a cameo appearance, so you know its stupid," or "This movie is better," and then the same people question the fans and expect a larger-than-life reason for why they like what they like. Apparently "we just do" is so much more immature than getting angry at other people's opinions on entertainment.