It’s no secret that liberal Hollywood producers are under extra scrutiny these days. Last year saw huge box office disappointments in the form of White House Down, After Earth, The Fifth Estate and Elysium.
It got so bad in 2013 that a virtual shouting match ensued between actor George Clooney and hedge fund kingpin Daniel Loeb. Basically, what it boils down to, is Hollywood elites enjoy making liberal message films that cater to their every desire–however–those who fund the films are tired of losing money.
So far, 2014 isn’t helping the progressive cause’s wallet, either. Films like Lone Survivor (pro-military) are powering huge box office profits. Overseas, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug and Frozen are on the verge of grossing $900 to one billion dollars respectively. Both are driven heavily by conservative and traditional narratives. This isn’t new. I wrote on how this was occurring in last year’s holiday/winter frame as well. These successes are in direct contrast to recent notable box office misfires, which go as follows:
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
It’s no secret that many in Hollywood want to make Christians the next “go to” bad guy in films. The filmmakers thought they had a winner in using this, while also rebooting a previously successful franchise. Instead, they quickly disappointed with a terrible January opening. In the post-mortem, it turns out younger audiences had tuned out the film with only older audiences even bothering to show up. This is especially sad when you consider the Tom Clancy brand is huge in video game arenas (an area where sales are dominated heavily by the younger market) but they won’t show up when you offer them a lame religious villain meant to destroy geo-politics. Yawn.
The Monuments Men
In truth, this film was doomed the moment Lone Survivor became a breakout hit. Long paraded with the likes of Green Zone, Lions For Lambs, Brothers, and such, Survivor liberated audiences from these typical “anti-war” narratives where military soldiers were often the villains. All of these films resulted in box office disasters. Instead, Survivor showed soldiers performing heroically under duty, and audiences couldn’t get enough. This meant going to the theater to high profile progressives like George Clooney/Matt Damon in their version of a “war movie” just wasn’t interesting anymore. Despite the high profile cast (which is debatable), the film struggled to make a high opening and was crushed by The Lego Movie of all things. Film will be lucky to even make “half” of Lone Survivor’s final box office tally, a film that did so without the high profile cast.
Liberal film critics have been trying for years to label the first RoboCop (which I love) as some giant “anti-Reagan” opus complete with anti-capitalistic themes. This is laughable when you see the film. Even director Paul Verhoeven has said the main lead is more a “Christ-like figure” who’s resurrected to save a failing city and hold firm to his own humanity (despite being turned into a powerful machine).
Well have no fear liberal entities, you got to remake RoboCop this year and pack it with your liberal talking points. The result was a box office opening that made even sci-fi bomb Rep. John Carter (R-TX) chuckle. Taking aim at the likes of Fox News and such, audiences were left wanting to watch the original RoboCop quickly, if only just to get the bad taste out of their mouths.
Which begs the question? Just how long can Hollywood keep funding these bombs? With film investors already on the “sad train,” it may be ending quicker than you think.