I had a conversation with a friend recently who was complaining about Hollywood’s lack of imagination and the constant rehashing of old ideas, sequels, remakes, and the like. Not too long ago I might have been in a similar state of mind, but maybe I’m becoming old and grizzled because I realize that I don’t feel quite so strongly about that anymore.
Perhaps because the medium is the same, I think we have confused art and entertainment. I don’t mean to say that a piece of entertainment can’t be a work of art, but does every piece of entertainment necessarily have to be “art” to be worthwhile? Isn’t there value in entertainment for its own sake?
As composers, directors, designers, writers, it’s very easy to get caught up in the high-brow side of things. When our favorite band has a hugely successful album, we think they “sold out”. Why? How did this confusion of art and entertainment happen?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge supported of producing at the utmost quality and standards. But perhaps if we are more focused on providing our audience with a few good laughs and a heartfelt moment, as opposed to some “eternally lasting work of art”, we’re actually going to end up with a better result in the end.