Here we are now in August, heading toward the end of the summer of 2013 very soon, and we have seen a good long list of absolutely huge and epic science fiction/fantasy blockbuster films smash and explode over the cinema screens one after another. There has been IRON MAN 3, MAN OF STEEL, PACIFIC RIM, STAR TREK, OBLIVION, and then in the over the next couple of months we will get ELYSIUM, and then ENDER’S GAME, and after that GRAVITY.
Is this a great this to see? These are dozens of huge spectacle movies which just could not ever have been put on screen so successfully a few years ago. This is CGI heaven, sci-fi tales on screen like should always have been and like we have always longed for-right?
Or is that not quite exactly how we do feel? Is this unending bombardment of spectacular screen action and adventure wearing us down? Are we growing numbed by these films now? There are strong suggestions that a good few of these films have not gained the expected or much hoped for box-office takings and to some it has been a huge surprise. But really? Some of these movies have possibly been too negatively linked to much worse dross-Pacific Rim being lazily associated with the always lacking super-huge but super-dumb Transformers franchise movies.
We know that there are certainly some clear problems in the film industry, funding new movies, promoting them, guessing which ones will be the ones that really are loved and taken up by the audiences. Hollywood is getting less and less likely to take chances on anything not previously a best-selling book series, an already established film series, or previously known tv show. But should we always look to Hollywood or expect the best science fiction/fantasy films to always come from that direction?
Even in these continuing difficult economic times globally, strange and bold new movies are gradually appearing on a low to no budget level in the UK, US and even from many more international areas thanks to still accessible digital equipment and creativity.