Joshua Johnson-White / Reporter
From the classics like “E.T. The Extraterrestrial” and “Jurassic Park” to the iconic films like “Pulp Fiction” and “Fight Club,” time has definitely made these titles last. Though these movies did well in the box office, the Internet has given people ammo to either review them as flops or successes in film history. Fast-forward a few years and suddenly everyone is giving 2 cents online before paying for an $8 movie ticket. With all the information that is seen going into these movies, why do we continue to bash these films when we know how much goes into these productions? The simple fact is we want a choice in what movie we see.
Americans have spent the most recent years living with talent television shows and having the chance to vote for their favorite talent. So naturally, we expect the same out of our movies, only to be disappointed that it’s not a genre. Culture is also a factor to consider when the critiquing American versions of foreign films. The “Godzilla” series originated in Japan and eventually made its way to the U.S., releasing its own version. Believe it or not, the 1998 monster movie was a popular hit for a moment to younger audiences but over time the series still continued to surpass it in Japan.
Soon after, in “Godzilla Wars,” a Japanese Godzilla fights off some of its former opponents in recent films including the ’98 Godzilla. Most thought the special appearance as nothing but their emphasis on attempting to duplicate their icon was pointed out. Reviews have been positive with this 2014 reboot but is it calm before the storm? To be honest, we shouldn’t cross our fingers when we watch movies but establish that film has the potential to be whatever the creator wants it to be. With film festivals popping up across the country, innovative ideas are being introduced. These independent films contain elements that could expand new ideas but what good is it when we give negative reviews that we do not understand?
Only these new films demand any real criticism because of what the writers and directors bring to the table. Bringing your favorite stories and characters to the big screen can be risky and discouraging at times but it is well worth it. The movie experience means being willing to head in a new direction whether they are originals or sequels. So before you give your 2 cents based on a trailer, see the movie because it might be a classic.