Most people, when asked if they think movies are art, would probably say yes. Maybe they’re more entertaining than a paint-spattered canvas, but…

Most people, when asked if they think movies are art, would probably say yes. Maybe they’re more entertaining than a paint-spattered canvas, but that doesn’t mean they’re not original, often brilliant creations which show the capacity of human ingenuity, or something like that. That’s why it seems a little depressing to me that some production companies seem to view movie-making as a business, rather than an art form. Now, I’m not saying companies are wrong for trying to make money – obviously, we wouldn’t have any movies if they were guaranteed cash sinks. But movies like G.I. Joe 2, The Fast and The Furious 2-6 (and I really don’t mean to pick on The Rock, because he’s very large and seems like a nice guy), Jack and Jill (that one where Adam Sandler is his own sister), or the second Chipmunks film make me feel like the industry just wants to profit without making anything of value. Now, this might seem preachy, and like a judgment of people who liked these movies. I’ll acknowledge that maybe a few people did like some of them (except the Chipmunks one), but I’ll also argue that the movies didn’t create anything new. They just reheated old ideas, inserted some catchy names, and treated movies not like an art but like a business.
– Will

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