Welcome to The Demise of Film, today we're going to talk about character assassination. I've stated a few times now that I am sick and tired of modern movies. Movies have ceased being experimental and so many of the things I fell in love with have been torn from the art form by greedy corporate hacks who have no love or passion for the art form. A perfect example of this is character assassination.
I have pointed out previously that I think Creed is a stupid movie and I don't like it. For some reason they turned Rocky into this bitter curmudgeon and have ripped all the traits that we loved and injected them into Apollo Creed's bastard. Creed is extra special because it managed to piss on two beloved characters at the same time, while most of these modern films tend to do it with just one.
That post is a year old now and this problem just seems to becoming more prevalent. Why do we have to keep dragging down well established characters instead of creating well crafted original characters? Imagine if in The Color of Money that Paul Newman's character was just a grumpy old man who shit the bed all the time and Tom Cruise comes in and Fortnite dances on the pool table. Instead the movie makes the new character flawed and
Why does Woody decide to ditch all his friends for a taste of poontang in Toy Story 4? That completely goes against everything we have been taught about this character up to this point. I don't understand why all of these characters must be assassinated to raise up newer characters. I suppose it goes back to what I said last time, all of these writers are hacks and have no idea how to build up their own characters so are forced to tear down pre-established ones.
I have a book coming out called Harvest, all of my characters are original (okay, one of them has a name that is obviously a bastardization of two kick ass characters, but that is beside the point). I try establishing these characters have their own flaws and are not perfect, but I also want these characters to rise up and overcome the odds stacked against them. I can't say whether or not I accomplished this, but I sure hope I did.