I've always been consistently impressed with Netflix's M.O. of leaving control in the hands of the filmmakers. And while this has been very successful for their tv show output, it's hard to say the same of their films as they are repeatedly received poorly. Only about 4 or 5 have actually had a good reception so far. As such, I am also consistently impressed with Netflix's patience for continuing to allow filmmakers such control.
But the worry is: how long can this last? How much money can the company lose on films like Mute, War Machine, The Bad Batch, Death Note and Special Correspondents before they are forced to concede to the big Hollywood studio tradition themselves?
But this also suggests another worrying notion. Most of us film fans have always spat in the face of studio interference. But were the studios always right in the first place? Was some degree of control always necessary in order to ensure a cohesive and satisfying end product in this day and age? I like, many of you, certainly hope not. But the Netflix filmmakers need to step up their game in order to prove otherwise. They have been given a great gift and opportunity and they need to capitalize on this by making better films. Before it's too late and it's taken away. And even worse: the big, bad studios are proven right all along.
The nature of art is in the balance.