Hollywood's Dud Summer

Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Remember when summer movie blockbuster season was considered a big deal?

School was out, people wanted relief from the heat, and the movie theaters would pack them in with must-see content like “Jaws,” “Jurassic Park” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

Not so much anymore.

Industry types are pronouncing the early summer blockbuster season of 2019 a dud, riddled with bombs like the new “Men in Black” sequel and the latest adventures of “Godzilla.”

How do you bomb with Godzilla in the lead role?

Hollywood has found a way.

What went wrong? “It’s a bad movie problem,” says one industry analyst.

Not to mention a serious imagination deficit problem.

Of the top ten grossing movies in the US so far this year, half are so-called franchise films, sequels or stories from a stable like Marvel Comics.

The rest are animated kiddie shows or horror movies.

Maybe this is just the way the industry works these days. Grown-ups who don’t care for horror are expected to find what they like on Netflix or Amazon, while the Hollywood studios fight it out for the comic book audience.

Or maybe it reflects a near-total lack of creativity by executives terrified of taking risks and incapable of thinking outside the box.

Thanks for your service, baby boomer Hollywood!

Time to give someone else a try.

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