There is a lack of creativity in Hollywood
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Many can agree that 2015 was a great year for film, with an abundance of both big budget blockbusters and indie gems. However, an issue which has been bubbling for years surfaced dramatically, rearing its ugly head for all to see. This is of course is the lack of creativity in an increasingly commercial and soulless Hollywood film industry. For years film studios have been investing in large-scale sequels and remakes in order to ensure hefty financial return, with critics lambasting a loss of artistic integrity in a film industry that is little more than a corporate playground. The UK's box office figures for 2015 strongly support this very valid criticism, marking the peak of a drought in originality and creativity. Three of 2015's highest grossing films in the form of The Force Awakens, Creed and Mad Max are sequels in series' which started in the 1970's, yes the 1970's! If there was ever a piece of evidence that definitively showcased the lack of creativity in Hollywood, this is it. Rather than feeling like a groundbreaking year in cinematic storytelling, the more you look at the box office figures, the more 2015 feels like a 'Best of 70's' compilation album. Thus the realisation that despite the fact that cinematic production technology has advanced dramatically in the last fourty years, the films themselves and the ideas behind them haven't. Nostalgia is the key word in this debate. Rather than taking risks with the most recent iterations in franchises like Star Wars, Rocky, Jurassic Park and Terminator, the directors of these films opted to play it extrememly safe for fear of alienating the large and vocal fan bases of these films. Both The Force Awakens and Creed to name but two, are guilty of being nothing more than remakes of their predecessors, recycling the plot of the original and hoping that familiar characters, locations, musical cues etc and updated special effects will hide this sad fact. So not only are the biggest films of 2015 all sequels to hits of past decades but also tribute acts, recycling entire plots rather than subtly paying homage. All of the major film studios should be held accountable for this cinematic creative drought and none should be exempt from scrutiny and criticism.
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