The same thing happened to other “blockbuster wannabes” or films that aspired to become record breaking tanks, such as Warcraft, X-Men: Apocalypse, The Legend of Tarzan, The Suicide Squad, Ghostbusters etc. The conclusion of Raftery is that “these films did not fail; it is just as though they did not actually exist”.
What was your favorite movie this year? It is hard to say. If “The Night of” (a miniseries) could be considered a movie of eight hours, then it might make it to the podium. In the limited space available on your hard disk, or your brain, commercial cinema shows one of its greatest failures; it is no longer alluring to compete with the endless list of amusing options or series in digital formats, which seem to have monopolized central themes of intellectual debates over coffee.
While many might still be right to think that watching TV is like taking a numb pill, this year, it featured some high quality content (The Night of, Stranger Things, American Crime Story etc.), that could help to recalibrate the culture of our time. Once epicenter of modern art, cinema might share the same fate as literature. Certainly there are no epic lines in the film Batman vs. Superman and one would certainly have hoped so. No matter. Sooner rather than later they might meet again on one of those loud sequels, to do the usual thing, make noise.
Hollywood’s gunpowder might be wet. As in the wake of those fleeting, weak fireworks on New Year’s Eve, these super heroes, and all the spies, mutants, archvillains, archenemies, archfoes, or nemesis, Ghostbusters and everyone accompanying will also be part of a sky with few stars. No essence or substance, just a distant glare that costs a lot of money and is gone in a matter of seconds.