Post by Dr. Jai Maharaj
Mission impenetrable: are Hollywood blockbusters losing
From Fast & Furious to the Avengers, Terminator and
Jurassic World, the trend for ridiculously over-
complicated storylining is out of control this year. Is
it time for a purge?
Thursday, July 30, 2015
I agree with the article, but would also add that the
quest for foreign sales is a big part of this as well.
Movies aiming for blockbuster status are enormously
expensive now, and to get the money back they must do
well overseas. But movies with a lot of dialog and
character development ofter don't do well in foreign
markets. Nobody, including Americans want to read
subtitles for two hours. So they change the formula to
minimize dialog, and show visually exiting things like
chase scenes, fights, and explosions. The plot becomes
incoherent, but it is visually exiting. Foreigners may
not understand that we don't understand it either.
Posted by Vince Ferrer
End of forwarded post.
Jai Maharaj, Jyotishi