So the wife and I are channel surfing, desperately searching for something to fill a few hours before bed, and we happen upon Grease.
Taking into account the fact that I’ve lost count of the number of times we’ve watched this one, I nonetheless suggested we stick with Danny and Sandy.
“We’ve seen this millions of times!”
To which I replied, “But you can watch this a million times, quote the lines by heart, and still feel satisfied afterwards.”
And it’s true, certain films latch onto our subconsciousness and become a part of us. They gain a repeat factor of “infinite”.
But the big studios aren’t exactly mass producing films of this caliber anymore. Hairspray and Mama Mia! appear to have struck a chord with audiences (I know my family has returned to these two more than once!), but with the exception of franchises like Lord of the Rings or that Potter kid, we’re often forced to return to old favorites to bring that warm fuzzy feeling to the surface.
Studios are desperate to create a franchise they can milk for millions in ticket sales and merchandising rights, they couldn’t care less about whether or not a single piece will stand the test of time.