The Death of the Solo Film

By: Bryan Banner

August 16, 2017

The MCU has killed the solo movie. Since 2008 with the original ‘Iron Man’, after we watch a movie we wait to see if there is an after credit scene or a mid credit scene. I think this has changed cinema forever. We now look for connections in movies to create franchises, and shared universe’s. Whatever happened to great stand alone films like ‘Dirty Dancing’ or ‘Psycho’?

Hollywood has always been about making money, lots of money, but I think they will bleed stories and idea’s to death just to make an extra dollar. Let’s look at animated movies. Back in the day we got movies like ‘Snow White’, ‘Pinocchio’, and ‘Alice in wonderland’. All great single individual films in their own right. Then we got more great ones like ‘The Little Mermaid’, ‘Aladdin’, and ‘Tarzan’. Then they went on to make sequels, and sometimes turned  them into trilogies…which were terrible.

Sometimes they take it so far that it works out. I am going to look at two of my favorite franchises. First, The ‘Pirates’ franchise had a great first movie, then went astray with it’s next three sequels. It righted the ship (pun very much intended) and hit it out of the park again with it’s 5th installment. Because of this we are going to get another two or three movies beating a story into us that I’m not sure we need. The second franchise I want to mention is the ‘Jurassic Park’ franchise. We have a great first movie, and a fantastic first two acts of the second. Then we take dinosaurs to San Diego and we quickly get derailed. A recurring theme of redemption exists here as well when they came out with ‘Jurassic World’ in 2015. Again we are now going to get dino-human hybrids in more movies we don’t necessarily need.

Maybe it started with ‘Caddy Shack 2’? Either way can we get some more great solo films?

From the lab,

Bryan Banner

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