Who will save Hollywood from its superheroes?
It will take more than a Marvel to save the cinema now
“Nobody knows anything,” the screenwriter William Goldman famously said of Hollywood.
As I’ve said before, there are few days when I don’t think this as I tune in to the latest news on the plague. Now, with the failure of the film that Hollywood was hoping would pull punters back into the cinema – Christopher Nolan’s Tenet – the wise words have lapped themselves as the pandemic cuts a swathe through an art form that we were already increasingly viewing as irretrievably decaying. Not decadent, which sounds like fun, but actually crumbling.
Hollywood was always corrupt from the moment the first pretty, powerless girl encountered the first casting couch. But the Hollywood sign was also paradoxically a symbol of hope; a looser Lady Liberty for those sad souls seeking their place in the sun. From this outrageous melting pot of raw talent, making it up as it went along, always something astonishing emerged...