Patty Jenkins misses the movies and has something to say
Patty Jenkins has made headlines for the past few years. Shattering records with those of 2017 Wonder woman to obtaining the director’s chair for the next Rogue Squadron, we had a wild ride watching his success blossom. But, in Hollywood (and elsewhere), knives are always a bad word to go out. Recently, it became known that Patty Jenkins was among those having a big problem watching the date-and-date release strategy of new movies. Does she hate streaming services or add insightful points to the conversation?
Day and date exit strategy is a problem for Patty Jenkins
Patty Jenkins is a seasoned director, although her recent jump in notoriety might make us think otherwise. His first feature film, Monster, won the Oscar for Best Actress (for the role of Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos) after all. But making a big budget superhero movie will propel you to even greater levels of success. Like Richard Donner, his name could be immortalized for generations of children looking for superhero stories. And with that success comes criticism or praise for the comments you make, especially when it’s about such a hot topic as the streaming war.
The director spoke with the Los Angeles Times during CinemaCon about his thoughts on the day-and-date release strategy model (when movies drop on streaming services the same day they premiere in theaters) and other important topics related to streaming and cinematic experience. Some of her views are very pro-theater, but that doesn’t mean she should dismiss the magic of some online platforms.
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Is Jenkins okay with streaming?
Day-to-date streaming wasn’t very popular just two years ago, and the threat of theater closings around the world has led to an increase in the strategy. However, the switch to streaming was not directly linked to the pandemic. We’re already getting closer to getting everything live immediately, and the coronavirus has simply given the streaming wars a boost to do it faster, which Jenkins acknowledges.
But staying home and watching a movie from the comfort of your sofa has many advantages. One of Jenkins’ biggest issues with the opposite (theaters) continued to be the lack of diversity. Not just in the types of people shown on screen (and working behind those very important cameras), but just a mix of different options to watch. “You can have six theaters in town… and they all play the same three movies,” she shares. Where do you go when you’ve already watched all three? Directly on Netflix.
The boom in streaming and home premieres has also shown the industry that people want to see more than superhero movies, like dramas and documentaries.
Are there any genres better for home streaming? Image via Netflix
Patty Jenkins still thinks movie exclusive premieres are better than daily releases
Most of us remember our experience of watching Wonder Woman 1984. Rather than flocking to crowded theaters like with the first movie, we snuggled up in our beds and watched it for free (or, if you’re like me, for $ 30 because Canada still doesn’t have HBO. Max.) While this is a safe choice for consumers due to the very high cases of COVID-19, it was not necessarily a happy decision for the people who made it.
Jenkins agrees that if the day and date model worked for HBO Max and WW198, considering that this was their only real choice, it was still a “heartbreaking experience” and “extremely damaging” to the film. Obviously, the box office impacts have been the strongest. The film drew a worldwide total of $ 166.5 million, related to $ 822.8 million that the first movie did. But what about the nefarious aspects outside of lining the pockets of producers? “I don’t think it plays the same way in streaming,” she explains. And she is right. Watching expensive action sequences and flashy character introductions requires more than my very old iPad screen or my living room TV with mediocre speakers. They could enjoy the big screen and the atmosphere of the fans watching the comics come to life.
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But all things end up leaving theaters, right?
One of the biggest issues with Patty Jenkins’ comments, aside from the fact that Wonder Woman 1984 hasn’t been a critical success, it’s that eventually we all have to watch stuff on streaming platforms. If you missed a movie’s initial release, does that mean you’ll never fully enjoy it? This is simply not true. Even if you missed the explosively thrilling premiere of Avengers: Endgame, you will still be able to fully enjoy it if you watch it on Disney + a decade later. Of course, some of the feelings might not be the same. But if a movie is only good because you watch it in a movie theater, then it can’t be that good. Law?
Fortunately, Jenkins knows this is something to consider. “I make films for the big screen. I agree with people who watch it for the second or third time on their phone, but I’m not doing it for this experience, ”she explains. But if a movie looks good on all platforms, it increases the number of people who can watch it. Improved accessibility expands your audience and treats every moviegoer with respect, however they prefer their viewing experience.
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Conversation on live streaming services gets messy
We agree that movies can be better in theaters, but there are pros and cons to both ways of watching. But it seems Jenkins has a general contempt for anything that doesn’t strike a movie theater. She explains that direct streaming movies are like her and that she never hears or reads about them. Oh, and that can’t establish “legendary greatness.”
These are harsh words for someone who has a big problem with Netflix. Two years ago, she won a $ 10 million contract with the platform, showing she has room for collaboration with what hinders legendary greatness. But according to her, this is all due to the fact that she believes in “limited series and television series”.
Isn’t that the greatness? Image via Netflix
What is his solution?
So where do we go in a world that has already established a love for streaming movies? Like other directors who came before her, Jenkins is adamant that we’re keeping the film’s exclusivity alive. She says filmmakers need to be “very clear on the absolute necessity of this” and that there needs to be a unified response to change. The system will have to “work aggressively” to keep the industry alive and thriving for people who have overpriced popcorn in their hands, and the day-and-date model cannot be treated as one. “Fatality”.
But it’s not just filmmakers who have the power to change, apparently. Jenkins adds that if a streamer commits “largely to the theatrical experience” and plants “the flag” for that model, then it will be configured to function with the so-called legendary greatness mentioned above.
We don’t hate the Day-and-Date model as much as Patty Jenkins, but we love the theater
Some people like to watch things with unlimited food options and no exclusions on bathroom breaks. Others love the buzz that comes from watching movie trailers in a crowded room, all anticipating the next big blockbuster. And for most of us, we can deal with either option depending on the circumstances. We need options and the streaming services want to give them to us.
It’s curious to see Jenkins hitting streaming services while simultaneously participating in the creation of new content. Some of us have probably only watched our own movie, WW1984, because it was so easily accessible. We want to keep the magic of movies alive, but that doesn’t mean we have to kill the convenience of watching at home.
Readers, we want to hear your opinions. Do you agree with Patty Jenkins on the date and date release model of the movies? Or do you hope this is a strategy that will endure long after the pandemic is over? Drop your thoughts in the comments!
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Meghan Hale is the kind of movie buff who has a mile-long “must watch” … and who grows up. When not talking about the latest film and TV news, she writes one of her many ongoing novels, shouting movie trivia to anyone who wants to listen to her and works as a mental health professional. Follow her on Twitter @meghanrhale for fun theories and live reactions to all things entertainment.