Point: movies can still produce

Drew Cushing, Online Editor

These days, it seems like all the movies are either sequels or reboots of old movie franchises. But there is also still a host of great original movies that Hollywood produces. The sequels are dependent on their names so audiences can know what’s expected, such as with “Jurassic World” released earlier this year, where *SPOILER ALERT* the dinosaur escapes, wrecks havoc, but ultimately gets recaptured (but it was pretty obvious to begin). The movie industry thrives on the original productions that make the audience intrigued, and attract viewers based on that intriguing concept alone, and not because they’re fanboys.

To clarify, by original movies I mean anything that hasn’t been seen on the big screen before, so even if a movie is an adaptation of a book or historical event, I still consider it to be “original,” but that’s my own personal opinion.

These original productions are often the ones that leave audiences pondering over a specific message at the end, and aren’t simply created with a lot of action and a repetitive plot line that hardly makes any advances in character development whatsoever while continuously emphasizing the same point in every movie, such as “family” (sorry “Fast and Furious”).

These original productions are made for the creativity and an aspiration to deliver a message in a unique and powerful way that really connects it to the audience. While certainly all of these productions are in it for the money (because everything’s about money these days), the movies that have never been seen before place more emphasis on the other aspects of the film as well. These movies are the indies: independent films are generally made with a lower budget than the major movie production studios but are also much more personalized with the filmmaker’s own artistic vision. The indie films can usually be supported by a major actor or two, but the difference between indies and major movie “blockbusters” are how indies are more focused on the message and the style in which it’s delivered rather than sheer star power that draw audiences in based solely on the fact that their favorite actor is in the movie instead of being fascinated by the plot line or artistic message being delivered.

Another problem with sequels is the fact that some movies are produced these days with the intention of making a sequel to it, so instead of focusing on developing plot and characters in these movies, the movie spends half the time setting up the next sequel, which detracts from the entire film as a whole. This disastrous plan of action was seen in the new “Fantastic Four” movie, in which it tremendously bombed and no sequel is ever going to be possible for that.

The combination of the indie movies and “original” movies makes it clearly evident that the amount of original productions outnumber those of sequels that are dependent on names or brand recognition. Also, these movies are still in strong force and are outdoing the sequels/reboots in many ways.