Go See the Iron Man Movie; Don’t Give Hollywood Any More Excuses
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.
[This message is brought to you by the Foundation for the Elimination of Bad Movies, which consists of one member who has been active ever since he was forced against his will to see "Deuce Bigolo: European Gigolo." He still has night terrors.]