If you want to know what’s wrong with American cinema today, you only have to pop on over to Box Office Mojo and see that Jackass 3D has taken $100,000,000 in 3 weeks (as at November 2, 2010). That’s what I said: $100,000,000 in 3 weeks.
Seriously, what the hell is wrong with people?
The success of this ‘film’ (and I use the word in the loosest possible context imaginable) is indicative of everything that’s wrong with modern American cinema (there’s a lot right with Hollywood too, mind you, but that’s a topic for another post).
If Hollywood makes utter sh*t and YOU pay to see it. They will in turn make MORE SH*T. And so it will go, forever and a day, circling around the u-bend of our culture and stinking the place up.
Forget a compelling narrative.
Forget powerful direction.
Forget riveting performances.
Because before too long cinema will be plagued by this sort of ‘filmmaking’ in the same way as the small screen is plagued with ‘Reality TV’.
So the next time you’re at a multi-plex and trying to work out which film to watch: pay to see something written by a screenwriter, not thrown together by a bunch of idiots.