Movies aren’t what they used to be. That can be said about a lot of things today, but movies in particular have lost their magic.
Let’s Start with the Movie Stars
- To begin with, the stars all look alike to me. It’s like everyone in Hollywood goes to the same plastic surgeon and gets dressed by the same stylist.
- For another thing, the stars are entirely too accessible. How can I get involved in the character on the screen, if their real life dramas are so ubiquitous? Besides, rich and famous should look different than what I see at the local Wal-Mart.
Then the Movies Themselves
- Where’s the plot? Sure a lot happens in today’s movies, but there’s no story line. It’s all just special effects and gag lines. Character development is rare and at the end I feel no sense of satisfaction.
- It’s all done with computers. As wonderful and convincing as today’s special effects are, they bore me, because I know it’s computer generated and computer enhanced. That takes away the “this-could-happen-to- me” factor.
- Movies either have overly gritty reality, which I have enough of, thank you very much, or they go down the road of so much fantasy/sci fi/dystopia, that I can’t buy it.
- There are too many body parts. Some parts are flying around leaking gore and others are merely bared for my observation, but I’d rather be spared seeing most of them.
- The language is atrocious. If cussing is the sign of a limited vocabulary, we’ve only got about twenty words left.
- Where’s the glamour? No matter how bad the movie was back in the old days, at least you could enjoy looking at the clothes, accessories, hairstyles and such. That’s not going to happen today.
And Finally the Movie Theaters
- Finding a movie is a hassle. Used to, I just watched the marquee at the local cinema. Now theaters have so many screens, marquees are impractical. I go online, but the sites are more interested in tracking my clicks than they are in providing information. So, I’m worn out by the time I find out if my local theater actually has the show I want.
- Then I arrive at the Super Mega Multiplex. The parking lots are enormous. The ticket offices are also enormous, but they rarely have more than one or two people selling tickets. The snack bar prices are definitely Mega and then I have to wander through their maze to get to my movie.
The bottom line – more often than not I stay home and never get around to watching the movies that I actually had an interest in.