As with any New Year’s Resolutions, we look back at our greatest weaknesses within the past year in order to better ourselves for the future. With many disappointments in film this year, here are some resolutions that filmmakers should adhere to in 2012:
1. Take a break from remakes
This includes sequels, prequels, and complete “revamps” of previously good films such as Tron or Fright Night. We know it takes work, but there is original material out there and audiences will not be forever contented with cheap regurgitation.
2. Lay off the books
We get it. You spot a best seller, be it Harry Potter or The Hunger Games, and translate it into mountains of money spewing forth from the fans. Some books, however, are just not meant to cross over into the film industry (i.e. Twilight, I Am Number Four).
3. While you’re at it, lay off the comics too
It’s understandable that Marvel wants to do its own Spiderman given the Tobey Maguire fiasco. Iron Man was, all in all, a good film, and Nolan’s updated movies on Batman are handled with great care. But Thor, The Green Hornet, The Green Lantern, and multiple Hulks? Eh, not so much. Unless making a great film remains a top priority, perhaps superheroes and comic books should take a backseat for a while.
4. Don’t forget the ladies
As Bridesmaids proved, women go to the movies too. And guess what? They want to see women on screen without being boxed into the nonsense of Sex and the City or whatever Jennifer Aniston’s next rom-com is. Hannah, Sucker Punch, and Black Swan touched on female representation in the audience, but there is still much more ground to cover.
5. 3D does not a good film make
Sure it gives that extra “wow” factor to action sequences, but that’s no excuse for poor writing, bad acting, lazy directing, and sloppy editing as with Conan the Barbarian and Priest.
6. Market towards appropriate age groups
Zookeeper, for example, had its funny moments though it was unsuccessful in its attempt to balance the adult and kid film a la Shrek, while Bad Teacher was just a wreck. Please decide ahead of time who is going to see your movie.
7. Don’t give too much away in the trailers
We want to know what the movie is about. That doesn’t mean including the climactic ending as X-Men: First Class did, or hint at anything toward significant twists as from Another Earth.
8. Whatever the genre, maintain dignity
Dignity within, and thought behind, the work is what makes all the difference. It allows Horrible Bosses to be a more enjoyable watch than 30 Minutes or Less, and sets Rise of the Planet of the Apes on a higher level than Cowboys & Aliens.