It's not a happy movie, it's dark and depressing, it doesn't resolve anything, yet as I walked out of the cinema the thoughts whirling inside my head were, it's very NOW, it's very REAL, and it's the story of a woman who has said "ENOUGH", which leads me to wonder at the future of the classic American superhero. I think it's days are numbered, at least they're on the demise, and it's not because people don't need saving anymore. They need it more than ever. But it's hard to see the super hero waving the flag of justice when they're potentially working for the bad guys.
"Three Billboards Outside Epping, Missori" reminded me of the America of the 80s and 90s. From the distance of Australia, what I saw in movies and in the news and in books, was a nation angered by bad cops, wars it had no business being in, greedy government and financial institutions, drugs, high crime rates, gangs, hate crimes, racism, corruption, abuse....
Movies reflected those times. We had some of the most dark, original, and thought-provoking movies over these 2 decades.
Dead Poets Society
Full Metal Jacket
A Time to Kill
Good Morning Vietnam
Good Will Hunting
America History X
Just to name a few.
The thing is, there still is all this shit and it's not just America, it's all over the world. America didn't create chaos, but instead of fixing the problems, the solution it seemed - whether by design or by accident - was born out of Hollywood wearing a cape and brandishing clever super powers.
In an article I wrote 2014, I talked about the rise of the superhero and the salvation of people becoming outsourced by Hollywood.
Extract from the post:
Hollywood mimics the cries of civilisation. In this case it could also be inciting them. And it wouldn’t be the first time America used costumed superheroes to do so. The rise of their popularity coincided with World War II. Captain America was created prior to the United States involvement in the war, and the comic books depicted superheroes fighting Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. When the war ended, the superheroes had no villains to fight and their popularity died. Other genres popped up, quite possibly romance and family oriented sit-coms after ‘those in power’ identified a need to restock the human population.
Is the demise of the superhero coming about, not because the superheroes have no villains to fight, but because they are the villains, or at the very least they're working for them? I never thought I'd live to see the day when the global political stage played out like a bad scene from "South Park".
Nobody does propaganda like Hollywood. They started pumping out super hero movies in the 90s, at a time when it was easier to paint over a damaged wall than to repair the wall itself. Yet each DC and Marvel super hero movie was just another layer of paint. The problems were never fixed. Audiences are still seeking movies that are 'good guy' versus 'bad guy' plots. Star Wars features in the top 5 movies for the past 3 years. For me, it'll be interesting to see how this trend plays out.
We all want the good guys to win. But I think we're now asking ourselves, if the good guys are working for the bad guys, doesn't that make them the bad guys too?
Highest grossing movies of 2018 so far
Highest grossing movies of 2017
|1||Star Wars Ep. VIII: The Last Jedi||12/15/2017||Walt Disney||Action||PG-13||$517,218,368|
|2||Beauty and the Beast||3/17/2017||Walt Disney||Musical||PG||$504,014,165|
|3||Wonder Woman||6/2/2017||Warner Bros.||Action||PG-13||$412,563,408|
|4||Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2||5/5/2017||Walt Disney||Action||PG-13||$389,813,101|
|5||Spider-Man: Homecoming||7/7/2017||Sony Pictures||Action||PG-13||$334,198,153|
Highest grossing movies of 2016
|1||Finding Dory||6/17/2016||Walt Disney||Adventure||PG||$486,295,561|
|2||Rogue One: A Star Wars Story||12/16/2016||Walt Disney||Adventure||PG-13||$424,987,707|
|3||Captain America: Civil War||5/6/2016||Walt Disney||Action||PG-13||$408,084,349|
|4||The Secret Life of Pets||7/8/2016||Universal||Adventure||PG||$368,384,330|
|5||The Jungle Book||4/15/2016||Walt Disney||Adventure||PG||$364,001,123|
Highest growing movies of 2015
|1||Star Wars Ep. VII: The Force Awakens||12/18/2015||Walt Disney||Adventure||PG-13||$742,208,942|
|3||The Avengers: Age of Ultron||5/1/2015||Walt Disney||Action||PG-13||$459,005,868|
|4||Inside Out||6/19/2015||Walt Disney||Adventure||PG||$356,461,711|