For as long as I can remember I have loved films and had very eclectic tastes from classic 1980’s comedies to 40’s film noir. I adore the immortality of Hitchcock’s thrillers namely Psycho and Vertigo. I strongly admire how well his work has held up over the decades and his vision will remain a vital thread of cinema’s tapestry for many years to come.
The innovation of filmmakers like Peter Jackson is a true inspiration to me; his fantastic progress in special effects as illustrated in the incredible ‘Lord of the Rings Trilogy’ has redefined the landscape of movies.
In recent times though, I find myself becoming increasingly bored by Hollywood’s consistent repetitiveness. When I see the latest movie releases pop up on TV adverts and in film industry magazines, I am filled with a sense of cinematic déjà vu, as yet another concept is rehashed for box office appeal. As new generations of directors continue to dilute the impact of special effects by playing around in a toy box of technology which Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson pioneered.
Over the last two years I feel like I’ve seen the same movie a hundred times, all with different actors and titles but the same overused plot. Modern cinema is becoming a wasteland of dystopian adventures and superhero pictures. All of which are perfectly well made with progressive cinematography but for me, each of these blockbusters lack integral creative values.
I was bereft by Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Gravity,’ a beautifully made film without a soul. The sparkling effects gave it the feel of an oil painting in motion and its striking imagery was as good as its seven Academy Awards suggest, but its lack of plot left it without any vigour. In my opinion this particular film was an excuse for several pioneers of the industry to flex their creative muscles and experiment.
There have been a handful of films amongst the popcorn pictures and desperate Oscar hopefuls that have stood out to me, one of which is 2014’s ‘The Guardians of the Galaxy’ directed by James Gunn. This was a delightfully comedic and refreshing take on the superhero genre and convinced me that not all of Marvel’s comic book adaptations are one-dimensional. This film harked back to several other light-hearted science fiction films such as the ‘Men in Black Trilogy’ and ‘Hellboy,’ carrying with it a similar charm.
I don’t know whether it’s merely coincidental that Hollywood is losing pace at the exact same time that television is hitting its renascence, but cinema has had its work cut out with the uprising of the boxset. So many TV series such as ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Breaking Bad’ are impacting the public consciousness with their vast scope and bold concepts, giving a platform to incredible talents both in front and behind the camera. I know that all artistic mediums work in cycles and who can guess what entertainment platform will capture us over the next decade as new technological devices hit the shops. Although one thing is certain; cinema has got some work to do in order to compete with TV and stop this small screen revolution.