The future of movie theaters is uncertain. Right now, the industry is in a shut down, and even when things open back up and we, as a society, inch back towards normal, it will take some time before we get back to a standard that was set prior to the world going on hold. But if you listen to the warnings of filmmaker James Mangold, whose films include Logan and Ford v Ferrari, things weren’t so great to begin with at movie theaters in the current age of distribution.
Mangold is a fierce proponent of the theatrical experience, and he went to great lengths to make sure that Ford v Ferrari played well in the multiplex. (His sound mix was incredible, with the roar of the race cars making your theater seat shake.) During a recent conversation with Discussing Film, the two-time Oscar nominee opened up about the sad state of affairs he was seeing in movie theaters. He said:
This is one of the main issues that we used to confront in our regular To 3D or Not To 3D reviews. The presentation of 3D films requires specific technology, especially lenses and lightbulbs. Any minor change affects the presentation, and it’s to the detriment of the filmmaker’s film… even when it’s out of their hands.
If I were James Mangold, this would drive me crazy. His movie’s not in 3D, so why would a theater – one that was set up to screen his movie for awards conversations – not be shown in optimal conditions? He went on to say:
That final nod, towards streaming potentially being the savior is an interesting concept. We are in a reality where Judd Apatow, the director of Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, sends his latest movie to paid VOD. Will other storytellers like him, and even Mangold, follow his lead, even when movie theaters are back open and fully functional?
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