Why do bad films get made?
February 12, 2010 11:16 AM Subscribe
I am wondering how Hollywood movies that end up being complete failures both critically and commercially end up getting all the way through the process of being made and released into cinemas? Why isn't there more quality control?
posted by the foreground to Media & Arts (39 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
This isn't meant to be an argument about subjective "taste," as there are plenty of movies out there I don't like but feel have a right to exist. I also understand movies that may not hold much critical value or be considered "a good movie" but were obviously made with as a commercial calculation (many action and comedy films fall into this category).
What I am wondering about are big-budget, Hollywood films with multiple stars that end up just falling completely flat...the ones that are truly painful to watch all the way up to just plain mediocre, due to things like bad dialogue, no coherent plot, or even when you can see the actors hearts just aren't in it, with the primary result being near unanimous critical panning and disappointing box office sales.
It's much easier to understand a bad novel or record being made because of the relatively few number of people involved in creating those things, but a Hollywood movie?? I mean we're talking hundreds and hundreds of people working on this thing, and it goes through so many different stages, from the script to casting to pre and post production, market testing etc...why does no one ever say, "um, this clearly isn't working, let's rethink this?" Is it just a matter of being too far along budget-wise to pull the plug or make radical changes? Why do stars sign up for bad films, can't they tell the script sucks? Thanks!