I can’t recall the year in which I have been more disappointed in movies than I was in 2016. I’m not clear if the failure of the 2016 films was due to superhero fatigue as much as it was just bad storytelling. Batman vs. Superman and Suicide Squad were two movies widely panned but both of which made a lot of money. Two of my favorite films of the year, Midnight Special and The Lobster, were small-budget and independent allowing them to tell a creative and non-mainstream story.
Big studios need to make films which appeal to the masses to support their massive budgets. However, data suggests that strategy may no longer be working. Films in 2016 with a budget over $100 million had the lowest ratings of any year since 2010. My hope is 2017 will turn this trend around, and given the slate of new films, I’m planning on spending a lot of time in the theaters. Let’s hope 2017 is better than 2016 on every level!