It has always seemed to me that Hollywood movies these days have been aimed primarily at an audience of 14-year-old boys. I have noticed a steady stream of new releases that are based on popular comic books, young-adult novels, and other youth-oriented subjects. This week, an article in the Wall Street Journal has proven me right.
The article is about famous director Martin Scorsese, and his efforts to peddle his new movie about murders of oil-rich Osage Indians in the 1920s. It has proven very expensive, and the original movie studio is balking at the expense. This is the money quote that proves me correct on Hollywood. [emphasis mine]
Traditional studios have been increasingly shying away from expensive adult dramas, as in recent years the box office has been dominated by family-friendly titles, superhero movies and sequels.
Indeed, many Hollywood producers now look to make movies aimed at adult audiences as cheaply as possible, with streaming-distribution deals potentially representing the difference between a profit and a loss.
So, if you are an adult looking for a new Hollywood movie that appeals to you, you might have to look very hard to find one, if you even can. Our house does not subscribe to Netflix, so we miss everything that appears there. Personally, I don’t think we are missing much. I can do without movies, since I read a lot for pleasure. This week, while I have been out of work on furlough, we watched, again, two of the excellent BBC dramatizations of Dorothy L. Sayers’s Peter Wimsey mysteries (Strong Poison and Have His Carcase). And last night, we watched, for the umpteenth time, Spirited Away, an excellent anime movie that we both love.