Since the introduction of films for commercial use in the Twentieth Century, we have seen a wide array of films from Wild West to Science Fiction genres.
From the late 1990s, Indian and Chinese film industries started to threaten Hollywood’s global dominance but, for now, Indian and Chinese films only encapsulate their large domestic audience while Hollywood films are still universally watched.
However, the problem is we have reached the point (or probably passed it) where films became repetitive and not as intuitive as in the past.
An example is the horror genre where jump scares is outdated.
Currently, superhero films most notably Marvel films dominate the industry due to the amount of revenue produced and the formula is predictable where the superhero will win, and the villain will lose.
The price for cinema tickets had risen over the years for instance when Avatar was released, ticket prices were increased by roughly $2 due to the expense of computer-generated images being used throughout the film.
While the trailer was impressive the actual film did not live up to the expectations.
In Bollywood, romantic storylines with musical set pieces dominate the industry. Unlike in Hollywood, famous juggernauts of the Indian film industry attract the audience, not the plot.
The problem is the producer’s focus not on the quality of the film but on how much money it would make therefore famous actors are enrolled due to their status in order to attract the audience.
An example is the film Lucy with Scarlet Johansson and Morgan Fox employed in a film with a terrible plot. Another example is romantic comedy Dilwale starring Shahrukh Khan and Kajol.
However, if you want to watch a film at the cinema without watching the trailer or reading film critics to prevent them from raising or lowering your expectation, then you would risk wasting your money and time.
Then again you may find a gem like I did with Hereditary which I had no idea what the film was about, but I enjoyed it.
In conclusion, watching a film at the cinema is a risk unless you could afford it, however, the underlying problem is the quality of films is being undercut for profits.