COVID crushed the U.S. box office in 2020.
Movies are slowly making a comeback, but there are still problems afoot.
And one disturbing Hollywood trend is getting even more out of control.
Residual Trump Derangement Syndrome is having a negative effect on the film industry.
The “woke” backlash to Donald Trump is causing Hollywood to produce a lot of bad art.
Movies and television shows are hewing to a progressive message that is being constantly rejected by the audience.
And despite the “get woke, go broke” principle generally holding true, Hollywood refuses to course-correct.
From Hollywood in Toto:
The industry cranked out a volley of anti-war movies during President George W. Bush’s presidency. The movies slammed the Iraq War, the president and even the U.S. soldiers fighting overseas. Each bombed at the box office, some in spectacular fashion. Eventually, the industry realized it should stop making movies the public clearly didn’t want to see. And, over time, a few pro-military movies like “Lone Survivor” and “American Sniper” reached theaters. They were both hits, with “Sniper” amassing a remarkable $350 million stateside. Something similar is happening regarding the new, woke Hollywood. The industry has cranked out a bevy of progressive reboots, sequels, remakes and originals in recent years. Think:
“Terminator: Dark Fate”
“And Just Like That…”
“West Side Story”
“No Time to Die“
No Time to Die, the latest James Bond film, made money off of name brand alone, but didn’t perform as well as previous films.
And Barbara Broccoli, producer of the franchise, won’t rule out a gender nonbinary Bond.
From The Daily Mail:
When host Anna Smith asked if she thought 007 would always be male, she replied: ‘I do, because I don’t think that we should be making films where women are playing men.
‘I think we should be making more films about women. I think Bond will be a man.’
Smith suggested ‘Non-binary, perhaps, maybe one day?’ to which Ms Broccoli replied: ‘Who knows? I mean, I think it’s open. We just have to find the right actor.’
The Cinderella woke update was even hated by progressive film critics.
The upcoming Snow White remake is shaping up to be another woke bomb.
Lead actress Rachel Zegler said:
“There’s not much I can say about it besides the fact that Snow White has constantly been criticized – even though she’s the original Disney princess and we love her so much – but criticized for existing solely for a prince, existing solely to be rescued…I think that our director, Marc Webb, and everyone who’s working on this film has really taken her narrative and turned it into something that’s a lot stronger. And I’m very, very excited to be able to bring that to life.”
The people who have “criticized” Snow White are a fringe minority; the general public loves the film, which is why it is considered a Disney classic in the first place.
Hollywood continues to cater to a small cadre of woke film critics, bloggers, and radical university professors.
Hopefully there’s a breaking point where the box office bombs cause Hollywood to wake up.