Hello all. This is the inaugural post of our lovely budding film blog. It will eventually cover a variety of topics with multiple writers coming rotating in for duties and opinion pieces mixed with reviews on all forms of pop culture. For now it will be a humble film review and op ed blog that focuses on the lesser known or forgotten film. That hidden masterpiece of filmic glory we love to talk about when we find someone who hasnâ€™t yet discovered it. The push for this to happen now is because of a recent thought that has been plaguing me lately. Does there come a time that we outgrow the franchises that we fell in love with and fetishized as youth?
In the past few weeks we have experienced a verifiable trailerpalooza of stories that have been around since the 80â€™s, 90â€™s, and before in some cases. A new Star Wars just came out, the biggest movie of the year until now has been a new Jurassic park movie, and we have seen trailers released for a new Star Trek (the 13th), a new Independence Day that seems hell bent on remaking the first but bigger, a new x-men movie (the 8th), and to top it all off we have just seen the release of the 24th James Bond movie.
With this being possibly Daniel Craigâ€™s last, or second to last, Bond film we are seeing something that hasnâ€™t been done before in the Bond franchise in that they have told a relatively serialized story. Each of the last 4 films have changed the character and moved the character from the brutish assassin he was in Casino Royale to finally becoming something more along the lines of the Bond we know and love. I, for one, have been on board with this newer long form bond story and was glad to see it come to fruition. The question is, though, where do we go from here?
In the past all the Bond movies were so stand alone that there really wasn’t much of a cohesive story that carried over movie to movie. At best they had the dastardly Bloefield show up a few times but each was still very disconnected. If they continue to push the serialized storytelling it will be, even more so than when originally done, awkward and strange to see a new actor inhabit the Bond role. This serious take with a consistent story feels like something that Craig owns. If they go the other route and return to the episodic nature of the prior 20 films will audiences accept a return to the goofy gadget filled farce that the past Bonds became. The producers have a rare moment here. Spectre could easily have another sequel or it could just simply be the end of the franchise. Bond has gone through the emotional journey begun when Vesper Lynn drowned in closing moments of Casino.
If I have to be honest I find this idea attractive. There has to come a point when the franchise will end. At least if we end it here we can say it had purpose instead of being just another thing that we ran into the ground, always demanding more. I like the idea that this franchise has an end and is something that we can share with our children, our wives, and our husbands for years to come.
Then again, there are more Star Wars movies coming out in the next decade than have come out in the last 40 and this has me more excited than anything else in the world of geek cinema right now. I guess it really is just a matter of what speaks to you and what sparks your imagination. Maybe its just that Star Wars has already had its moment being ran into the ground and this represents a chance for it to be good again and to inspire us geeks like it did once a long time ago. I just know that I see the Force Awakens this Tuesday and for 2 hours I will feel like I did 25 years ago when my dad sat me down to watch A New Hope for the first time. I know that I look forward to doing the same with my child with both Star Wars and the Bond franchise.