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Entry from July 24, 2014

The other day Ann Hornaday, film critic for the Washington Post, had an interesting piece in the paper, inspired by Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, in which she asked why, much as she admired the film, it fell into a now-familiar pattern of "darkening" in movie adaptations of stories and characters that began life in comic books or the equivalent. "Dawn’s funereal tone," she wrote, "seems to be the norm these days, especially for reboots of legacy franchises that, in their efforts not to succumb to sentimental nostalgia or trivialized camp, succumb to amped-up carnage and inflated self-seriousness instead." She suggests several reasons why this might be so, among them the fact that "they flatter the sensibilities of studios and the executives who greenlight these projects, reassuring them that their core competency — raiding their and others’ archives for valuable ‘pre-sold’ source material — can be one of gravitas and meaning, rather than simple repurposing of pop signifiers." Full Entry


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