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The fall and rise of the movie industry

Ronin McCracken ’26

As exciting as movies are still today, hopes for big blockbuster movies have been continuously let down with cheap CGI and rushed scenes focused more on action and fun, than telling a good story.

It would be untrue to say there are no good movies anymore, but lots of films made by big companies known for the most popular movies in previous years. An example is Sony with “Spider-Man No Way Home” suddenly producing flops like ”Madame Web” which have done terribly with critics and fans compared to previous iterations. For some of these movies, the problem is poor CGI which may create a few unappealing scenes. But for others, the problem is the story is focused more on making the movie funny and exciting than spending time on a thoughtful and complete plot.

An example of a movie that didn’t live up to all of the expectations was “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.” The movie is a continuation of the Ant-Man series with it being the third in the trilogy. This movie in general did alright with audiences but was supposed to be so much more, especially with it being the first movie in Marvel’s Phase 5 of the MCU. But at the same time, this movie had a lot to live up to since it was the beginning of a new chapter in the MCU. So it’s bound to be compared to previous movies released since Marvel is known to have made some of the biggest blockbuster movies in history.

A reason for some of these failures could be big companies getting too comfortable with producing their movies after having major success in past years. Some of these studios are now producing movies left and right with many projects being put into production. It’s possible that instead of quantity over quality, they should focus on having fewer projects and focusing more time on the movies they’re already making.

But even though there are many movies with these problems, that hasn’t prevented many studios from creating great movies like “Barbie,” “Oppenheimer” and “Godzilla Minus One.” All of these movies did extremely well with critics and audiences and were all winners of various Oscar awards.

This is proof that movie production isn’t failing, it’s still possible to find amazing movies to watch despite the industry’s ups and downs this year.

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Ronin McCracken ’26
Ronin McCracken ’26, Staff Writer
Drawing. Painting. Printmaking. Photography. After a summer spent unleashing his creativity through every possible medium, Ronin McCracken ’26 is ready to take on a brand new one: journalism. As a first year staff writer for The Tower, McCracken isn’t sure what he wants to write just yet, but he’s looking forward to voicing his thoughts in opinion stories in the coming year. “If I see a story that I like, I’ll just try to do that the best I can,” McCracken said. When he isn’t making art or chasing down his next big story, McCracken can be found with a controller in hand, fighting his way out of yet another Mortal Kombat chapter beside his closest friends. An avid gamer for many years, McCracken said he can hardly remember a time without a console. “I remember having a Wii when I was really little,” McCracken said. “We still have it, but it’s not even usable anymore. That was probably the first time I ever played a video game--I don’t even know how young.”

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