Specifically, he was asked,Ridley Scott Blame Millennials for The Last Duel’s poor performance, what do you have to say?” His answer was five minutes, and he scored some really great points.
Click inside to read what he said in response…
Ben said heart“Actually, the truth is that I have had movies that didn’t go well, that weren’t good. It’s very easy to understand why and why this happened. The movie is rubbish, people don’t want to see it, right? This movie, The Last Duel, I really like. It’s good and it plays – I’ve seen it play out with the audience and now it’s doing well on streaming. It wasn’t one of those movies you say , ‘Oh boy, I wish my film worked.’ Rather, it’s more due to a seismic shift that I’m seeing, and I’m having this conversation with every single person I know. Although there are many iterations, the conversation is the same: How’s it? [the movie business] is changing?”
He continued, “One of the fundamental ways that this is changing is that the people who want to watch complex, adult, non-IP dramas are the same people who are saying to themselves, ‘You know what? Movie me. No need to go to the theater because I want to pause it, go to the bathroom, finish it tomorrow.’ That’s as well as the fact that you can watch at home with good quality. Not like when I was a kid and the home TV was an 11-inch black and white TV. I mean, you can get $130 at Walmart 65-inch TV. There’s good quality and people are on home streaming in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. That has all changed.”
Ben continued, “And you know what? I knew this was changing before the pandemic hit the way back, I remember, crap, I really liked this movie, and nobody’s going to see it. I could just tell; It’s not going to hit the theatres. People don’t want to go to see the play. Then the pandemic hit, and ironically, one of the first few movies that was relegated to streaming was The Way Back, and people saw it. I said, ‘You know what? It’s not bad.’ I’d like people to come and see it, and I don’t need to stick to the old ways [of doing business],
“The theatrical experience is great, I love the theatrical experience, but business has changed over time. First there was vaudeville, and then there was silent pictures, and then talkie, and then color, and the radio came out and everyone said it was movies.” Was going to kill. TV came out and everyone said it would kill movies. Every time it happens, people see stories that affect them in different ways [on different platforms], I think it’s fine,” he added again.
Ben continued, “Actually, the good news is – and I don’t have the numbers in front of me right now – but I would strongly guess that people are watching more [content] Now, consuming more. So, that’s a good thing and one of the reasons why streamers are doing such a great job. I mean, the content is fantastic. Succession? Visible! Ozark? Visible! When I started in this business, television was fine. It was serial programmers creating content and some shows were great but they were still a thing and movies were trying to be art. That was no longer the case. You watch shows on streaming that are awesome.”
Ben Then ended, “At times, and I’m guilty of that myself, I can grieve it. I went to see a movie theatrical. That movie was Licorice Pizza. Maybe two or three directors, Paul Thomas Anderson. And people like Quentin Tarantino, who have people say, ‘Okay, I’m going to see two or three movies in the theater this year, I’ll go see them.’ I think you’re going to watch at least 40 movies [released] Now every year. When Gone Baby Gone came out [a 2007 film directed by Ben Affleck and starring Casey Affleck], there was something like 600 movies released every year. We debuted seven films in a single weekend. it was really hard, and i think maybe [The Last Duel] would have been better on streaming because by the way [studios and streamers] Directly identifying and marketing to the people who like it is really effective. Think about this movie for god’s sake, [The Tender Bar]I mean, Amazon has a huge reach. Everyone uses Amazon. They may be buying groceries, refrigerators, whatever, but they still use it and you can reach people that way. I guess you have to keep pace with the times or you risk becoming a dinosaur, as my kids tell me. ,
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