A good time at the movies...
We have become a nation of "just give me a good time, I don't care about the specifics or what the result is...I just wanna feel good NOW!".
The McDonald's cheeseburger is probably the proper allegorical symbol. Forget the fact that if you left one in the backseat of your car for a year, it would look exactly the same as on the day you bought it. Real food decomposes. It's the same with movies. Twenty years from now I will watch District 9 and still get something new and fresh from it, it will have evolved with my tastes and sensibility. Like a real cheeseburger, it will have decomposed in a sense, changing and shifting biochemically with the enviornment in order to offer something new...or like a bottle of wine, which will taste different depending on when you open it, because the contents are alive.
Now if I watch Transformers, or The Transporter, or let's say the reboot of Spider-Man in twenty years, there will be nothing. No change, no new perspective, other than "wow, the FX are really crummy". There will be nothing new gained from it, because I already have Raimi's film, which, while flawed (but no more flawed than the reboot from all accounts), was pretty great...and in twenty years, since both movies will have outdated FX, but will be virtually identical in terms of "fashion" so to speak (this isn't Godard's Breathless versus McBride's remake set 20 years later), it will simply be a choice between picking the film that satisfied me originally.
Having such an elevated view on film (and I don't mean better than others, I just mean a wider perspective), I am too aware of these differences to ignore them. I can't ignore them. I've taken the red pill. I am out of the Matrix in a sense, and can't ignore what I'm seeing. And I'm not trying to be self righteous here, nor do I feel like this is some super battle of good versus evil...good being the pure fan of film, evil being the big bad corporation. It's just that I know the difference between a McDonald's cheeseburger and one I buy from the grocery store and make myself. I know that if I put them in the back seat of my car, a year from now, one will look exactly the same and offer nothing new to me, and the other will cause me to crane my neck...because it will look different, it will look weird, it will offer something new. So I feel like those that are choosing to ignore this movie deserve more respect than to be written off as frothing at the mouth, elitist "haters ". We like genre movies. We like going to the movies and having a good time. But we also feel the need to exercise vigilance in the face of corporate shenanigans. I don't want reboots to color the landscape as they have, so I am not giving Sony my money.