Go See the Iron Man Movie; Don’t Give Hollywood Any More Excuses

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I know there’s plenty of game news out there today, but I just want to take a second to talk about something that I’m sure affects most of us. I think it’s safe to say that our sources of entertainment extend beyond video games, to films, for example. And I think it’s also safe to say that the majority of films out there aren’t worth the money it costs to go to a theater these days. Other than not throwing away our hard-earned cash on terrible flicks, there’s not much we can do about that. But this weekend, we as gamers might be able to at least eliminate one of Hollywood’s newest excuses for poor films: blaming low ticket sales on a huge video game release. And that is why, people, I implore you:

Go see Iron Man this weekend.

The thing is, Hollywood has found a new scapegoat in video games. It’s true the video game industry has grown to almost rival the movie industry, but it seems studios and analysts have found this to be a good way to excuse bad films. Last year, in the wake of Halo 3′s release, box office sales seemed to take a dip, which some film executives attributed to the game’s success. What they didn’t seem to consider was that the theaters were at the time flooded with dreck like The Heartbreak Kid and The Game Plan. As such, those same people have already been predicting poorer-than-expected ticket sales for the Iron Man film solely due to GTA IV’s nearby release date. I’m sure most of us can see the major flaw in this logic, and that is exactly why we must prove Hollywood wrong.

If Iron Man does great at the box office this weekend, mere days after probably the biggest video game release of the year, then Hollywood will have a harder time blaming video games for poor films. Sure, they’ll probably find another excuse eventually; that’s just what they do. At least though, they might not whine as much about video games doing so well. Maybe they might even embrace them a bit more, rather than buying up a franchise and then throwing it to a shoddy director to see what happens.

And honestly, I’m not asking you to see a bad film here. I haven’t seen Iron Man yet, but when a film is hyped up as much as this one, looks spectacular from every piece of footage, and still manages to win over a huge majority of critics, well, that is a very good sign. I’m usually sketchy about summer blockbusters myself, but there’s been very little in the previews to make me not want to see this film. So this weekend, take a break from mowing down pedestrians and outrunning the cops to support both video games and worthwhile films at the same time. Chalk it off as part of your civic duty. Together we might just be able to convince Hollywood that video games aren’t to blame for poor ticket sales; they are.

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11 Comments on Go See the Iron Man Movie; Don’t Give Hollywood Any More Excuses

Fenris

On May 2, 2008 at 3:44 pm

No offense meant, but this is not a good idea. I would not go see a movie out of a fear (and I use that term lightly here because I know that is not what you are talking about) of Hollywood not being my friend anymore. The fact is that I go to movies a lot less not because of the films (though as you point out, a lot really suck) but because the experience is so off putting:
- People talking
- Phones ringing
- People talking on the phones
- Other peoples children or babies
- Commercials
- etc

In addition, they are too expensive. Why can I rent a film for 5 bucks to see it in the comfort of my home, on my home theater, with my friends, eating my chosen food and drinks, but in a theater I pay 10+ to get in, more for food and drinks and then have to deal with a bunch of random people?

I do enjoy the theater experience, but it takes a mature crowd that knows how to watch a film, which is rare these days. Don’t even get me started on the commercials.

Thanks for the thoughtful post, I’m disagreeing with your idea, but appreciate you putting it forward.

Jose

On May 2, 2008 at 5:31 pm

I’m planning on going this weekend anyway but I got free passes so… still to bad for them :P

Critic

On May 2, 2008 at 6:19 pm

I see you’re point, and not sure its really true or not. But I’m going to see the movie tonight only bc it’s going to be awesome. I will go see awesome movies only!

hekynn

On May 2, 2008 at 7:34 pm

Dont worry guys I’m going to see Iron Man tomorrow afternoon :D paying for my dad and little bro then I will pick up the game after I get Age Of Conan :D

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

On May 2, 2008 at 11:18 pm

I just saw it. Its not bad, it was highly enjoyable. Saw it at a Drive In too….

Daniel

On May 3, 2008 at 12:01 am

Just came back from checking it out and it was such a great flick!

jaydee

On May 3, 2008 at 12:15 am

theaters suck. last time i went i had the full program: laster pointers, phone ringing, people talking on phones, kids who weren’t even allowed to see the movie were in and threw popcorn at the people below them, the feet of the man behind me in my backseat always bumping me.

and for that i pay 11 euro + 10 euro for popcorn and cola? no, thank you!

Hekynn

On May 3, 2008 at 10:42 am

Should have sit behind the kids so you can kick their seats to make them stop doing that I mean thats just plain rude kids ruining the movies I REALLY HATE that!! But still worth to see the movie =)

Jesus

On May 3, 2008 at 4:09 pm

…Dammit Dad, why do you always have to do stupid like that?

Doza

On May 12, 2008 at 12:37 pm

I just wanna go see the movie cuz it’s looks really cool.

Huggiesunrise

On May 14, 2008 at 1:56 pm

I think it stems from the fact a guy with erectile disfuntion in a giant metal suit just isnt golden anymore.