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Movies aren't what they used to be. It's rare today to find a film that has the same kind of magic that they did a few decades ago. Now, it's all about the franchises and predictable plots. Maybe I'm just a cynic, but I truly think there aren't a lot of directors and producers doing what made films great back then.


Fellow movie buffs on Reddit seem to feel similarly. VeggieBurger953 asked:

What is a thing that a lot of movies do that you absolutely hate?

It’s all about the big budget franchises these days. Not all of them are bad, but it’s rare to find a good ol’ stand alone film in modern cinema.

​Too many cinematic universes.

“That EVERY movie nowadays is set up as the first part of a possible trilogy, making it non-commital and vague as a result."

Smeggfaffa

“Not just a trilogy, a franchise."

DonkeyTron42

​A very familiar trope.

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“When a character doesn't immediately explain what happened, to stop the conflict.

Just let me explain, I swear that's not what happened. If you just let me finish, I'll tell you! Please, just listen to SHUT UP! JUST SAY IT!

I didn't kill your [insert familial person here] I tried to save them, but I was too late.”

HappyHuntsman

No one fights like that.

“The choreographed fights where the villains always attack one at a time.”

Please_PM_ur_bewbs

“And choreographed fights where the cameraman is having a seizure.”

Poopeller

Probably the weirdest thing about most movies is how characters interact with each other. This is mostly due to bad writing and overused plots.

Why are these characters always the worst?

“In Rom coms, the two love interests are usually bad for each other. So, to make them seem less bad for each other, when they go through that period where they break up and try dating other people, the other people are the weirdest, most unlovable freaks anyone has ever laid eyes on. Men are instantly abusive, women behave like spoiled children.

It's the stupidest trope.”

Tidus790

​We’re not falling for it.

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“Male lead and female lead with no chemistry end up together 'just because'."

BotheredCroissant

Also, there's always this 0.01 second of eye contact, that can weakly be described as mutual interest, and from that they go on to make wildly passionate and compatible sex with no awkwardness or anything.”

Hugemishtake

​No one actually does this.

“When two people want to talk privately, instead of them going into the hallway, they make the other 20 people leave the room.”

MentalHygienx

“Or they move 5 ft away from the group and talk "privately". As if no one could hear them talking in normal volume just because they turned their backs to the group.”

Aiobhell

​Unfortunately, when movies are bad, it’s most likely due to the screenwriting. If your script isn’t good, it’s hard to make a good film.

Foreshadowing is an art.

“When something is foreshadowed and then revealed later in the movie, but instead of just letting you realize it yourself, one of the characters say it out loud. Like the audience is too dumb to make the connection.

Biggest pet peeve is the fact that EVERY comedy has to turn sad in a very cliche way halfway through the movie. It's the guy loses girl and has to win her back formula that's in every damn comedy.”

PauloSmash

​We need you, Mel Brooks.

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“Yellow filter when they enter Mexico.”

Necroniks_

“I need a self-aware movie that has folks driving into New Mexico, filter coming on, someone complaining that it's still the US and the filter going back off until they actually cross into Mexico now.”

Theinconceivable

“Mel Brooks doesn't make movies anymore.”

RosemarysNephew

​Seems legit.

When the FBI shows up to "take over" the case and then the cops butt heads with them. This does not happen. Cops are more then happy to let someone else do their work for them."

GunMetalGazm

“Also the FBI is almost always portrayed as a bunch of overly bureaucratic folks who suck at "fighting crime" and only know how to follow their standard procedure. The original Die Hard is probably the most on the nose with this, to the point a central part of the plot revolves around the villain actually counting on this behavior."

Sharrrper

Zombies make every plot better.

“An entire arc of the film has drama that is just based on a big misunderstanding or petty argument between two characters that is inevitably going to get resolved.”

Boyobenign98

“I want a RomCom that is like this after 20 minutes or so, you would think it is over and they live happily ever after, but then zombies from outer space invade. The last part should obviously not be mentioned in the trailers.”

Random_german_guy

Now that a random Reddit user mentioned it, every film should be directed by Mel Brooks. Every single one. We need more weird self-awareness in movies.

But you know what? We watch movies to embrace the unrealistic, so we can escape from real life for a bit. Maybe movies aren't so bad after all

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