Who Killed the Romantic Comedy?

In einem ausführlichen und gründlich recherchierten Artikel für LA Weekly geht Amy Nicholson der Frage nach, was zum plötzlichen Tod der Romantic Comedy geführt hat: „Who Killed the Romantic Comedy?

Interessant ist dabei ihre Beobachtung, dass für den Erfolg von RomComs weniger die Zugkraft des weiblichen Stars als vielmehr des männlichen Parts entscheidend zu sein scheint. Sowohl Meg Ryan als auch Julia Roberts waren noch völlig unbekannt, als sie mit „When Harry met Sally“ und „Pretty Woman“ groß herauskamen, während ihre männlichen Gespielen Billy Crystal und Richard Gere schon davor Stars waren.

Ganz ähnlich läuft es in Deutschland, wo die RomCom wie in einer Art Biotop nach wie vor gut funktioniert – solange Matthias Schweighöfer, Til Schweiger, Elyas M’Barek oder – mit Einschränkungen – Christian Ulmen mitspielen. Die Frauen an ihrer Seite scheinen dagegen weitgehend austauschbar zu sein.

Sollte dem deutschen Publikum auch noch die Lust an der RomCom vergehen, sieht es allerdings zappenduster aus fürs deutsche Kino, schließlich ist die romantische Komödie heimischer Bauart das einzige Genre, das einigermaßen zuverlässig ein Millionenpublikum ins Kino lockt. Ohne sie läge der Marktanteil deutscher Filme nicht bei knapp 20 sondern unter 5 Prozent. 

Während Hollywood immer weiter auf immer teurere Superheldenfilme setzt, ist der deutsche Film also bis auf weiteres auf Gedeih und Verderb auf den Erfolg der romantischen Komödie angewiesen.

Besonders nachhaltig sind beide Geschäftsmodelle nicht.

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