This week in Entertainment Weekly - 6/12/09, an article on movies for grown-ups (Hollywood's Endangered Species) posits that dramas for adults are becomming slim pickings. It quotes "The Soloist" producer Gary Foster, "Audiences don't want to be reminded of the darkness in the world -- they want to laugh, get taken to space, watch things in museums come to life." Recent adult dramas were less than successful grossing under $50 million (ie., Duplicity, State of Play, and Frost/Nixon...).
Is that true? -- hasn't that always ben true of movies... that "take me away" aspect that comes from sitting in the dark and being truly surrounded by another reality?
Is it the fault of studio marketers -- or is it that we really want to be entertained for the money we spend? Maybe the salaries, production costs, concession stand prices have finally topped out? There are still plenty of us willing to go to see movies, but maybe we are more selective about what we view in the theater and what we are willing to wait for on DVD.
What are your thoughts...