The year Hollywood really missed the plot

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Hollywood has always tended to promote a largely “liberal-left” worldview. But her latest embrace of vitality is on a whole other level. Today, it’s as if most major studios are more interested in promoting “diversity,” #MeToo, or BLM-style attitudes than they are in luring bums into movie theater seats. This year, it became very clear that audiences were no longer buying the get-up fare that Hollywood had to offer.

The obsession with diverse actors has shaped both Hollywood’s original content production and its endless remakes and returns this year. The ever-expanding Marvel Universe has ticked just about every diversity box. This year, it featured a Muslim teen superhero in the failed Disney+ movie, Ms. Marvel.

Diversity is also at the heart of many live-action remakes this year of beloved hand-animated kids’ movies. Released this year was Netflix Pinocchio Critics praised him for featuring a fairy black godmother. Likewise, all media discussions about the coming year the little Mermaid So far focused on the fact that Ariel will be black. The public doesn’t object to these casting choices, of course. But when Hollywood clearly uses it to make a moral or political point, it gets people supportive. Plus, when all these movies seem to offer is a diverse cast, we shouldn’t be surprised that audiences aren’t too excited to see them.

Our media elites seem unable to understand the world behind their bubble. #MeToo procedural She saidwhich documented The New York Times The investigation into Harvey Weinstein, was a case in point. Her insecurities and prejudices, including a bit of Trump-bashing, were clearly of concern to Hollywood residents. But as it turned out, these opinions were not shared by the wider viewing audience. Therefore, although it was praised by critics, She said It was an amazing flop with the crowd. It took in just $2.2 million in its opening weekend, making it one of the worst-performing studio box office releases in history. She said It showed that the miraculous accounts of self so dear to American media elites are not as popular as they think.

In fact, over the course of the year, this chasm between Hollywood’s concerns and the concerns of the general public was quite apparent. Usually one can feel this early on in a movie or series release cycle, as any show with a preachy message will tend to receive a high ratio of likes to dislikes on its YouTube trailer.

This click revolt against the tastes of the media elite has been visible in connection with a whole host of productions right – from Sussex’s latest adventures in narcissism, Netflix’s Harry and Meganto the dreaded Amazon Prime Video rings of power a series. The latter – a spin-off from Lord of the rings The trilogy, which turns quiet elf-queen Galadriel into a spunky girl-boss—received initial audience ratings so horrible that Amazon took the unusual step of suspending audience reviews during its first week.

Audiences criticized the film’s lumbering story, cardboard cut-out characters, and staid dialogue. Many have objected to its treatment of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Waking Up to Middle-earth, claiming that the Amazons have tarnished a cultural icon. Critics praised it as expected rings of power for its diverse casting.

Whenever a production fails in 2022, the cast, producers, and reviewers blame the audience. Hollywood has become the only industry in the world where the customer is always wrong. a star two brothers, Billy Eichner, blamed gay homophobia for the rom-com’s poor box office performance. Some critics blamed “racism” for the audience’s negativity towards The Wakers rings of power. They blamed “sexism” for the backlash against them She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. Of course, neither racism nor sexism was the real reason audiences hated these movies and shows. The reason is that these movies and shows are tendentious, preachy, and not very good. (The main character in Strong woman He gives awesome feminist lectures about the horrors of the wake-up call.)

However, it wasn’t all bad news for the movie industry. Top Gun: Maverick It took in $1.5 billion at the box office, making it the highest-grossing movie of the year. And it wasn’t hard to see why the sequel worked so well. It is unusually optimistic and full of confident, energetic people who do great things. It was an unabashed action movie, thankfully devoid of any moralizing.

Wise Hollywood execs should definitely take note.

Laurie Westel He is trained in rose.

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