Why not ashamed to love blockbusters
Cinema / / December 19, 2019
Until the mid 70-ies of the XX century, the term "blockbuster" is not meant some certain kind of cinema. Initially they called picture, grossed a large sum.
It was only with the release of "Jaws" by Steven Spielberg blockbusters allocated in a separate genre. Now they call expensive large-scale films with famous actors, designed for the widest possible audience.
Now such films in theaters a lot, and they gather a huge desk. However, among the movie buffs are increasingly gaining strength in recent years, the stereotype that the love blockbusters shameful. It is said that it is stupid surface films, which impede the development of art, and even mind-numbing.
Layfhaker explains why it is not and can and should be for what to watch blockbusters.
This way of seeing other worlds
Most people dream to visit space or on other planets, to be superheroes or pirates in the world. And if before such fantasies could only unfold in the pages of books and in the imagination, but now they are easy to see on the big screen.
Unlike many of the author's projects, where the creators come from a limited budget, and therefore save on visual effects, locations shooting and large-scale scenes, budgets, and technology to create blockbusters allow very lively show even aliens, even underwater world.
The famous book "Lord of the Rings"I wanted to move to the screen for a long time. But before the beginning of the XXI century, it was limited to the animated version, because the show many fantastic races and animals costs money. But Peter Jackson trilogy allow all fans to see live elves and orcs.
Perhaps the "Avatar" to tell the story, familiar since the days of "Pocahontas." But James Cameron developed 3D technology, to show the audience the flora and fauna of a distant unknown planet.
"Pirates of the Caribbean" may be naive, but the way they filmed sea battles, will delight all those who loved as a child, "Treasure Island" and other books about the adventures at sea.
"The first player to get ready," like a dream from childhood. On the screen you can see immediately the set of your favorite characters from movies and games: King Kong is trying to crush the car from the movie "Back to the Future" and fights the Gundam next to steel giants.
The same applies to real historical events. After all, documentary footage of last years most often of very poor quality. And so many times and at all has not been removed. But the "Titanic" showed the entourage of the famous liner. "Dunkirk" a little better acquainted with the feelings of the soldiers during the famous rescue operation. A "Man on the Moon" will feel yourself in the place of Neil Armstrong set foot on the surface of Earth's satellite.
And even flooded the screens movies from Marvel - but a reflection of mass popularity comicsWhere everyone wants to feel like a superhero on the spot, saving the world from evil.
Sometimes it's difficult to think about the movie
For some reason, it assumed that the action - it's a sort of chewing gum, exceptionally stupid movies, over which we should not think. However, it is not so. Above the large-scale mass cinema for a long time work other than the authors, to eliminate complicated and interesting stories.
"The Matrix" Wachowski continues the ideas of classical cyberpunk and even makes you wonder about the illusory nature of the world, recalling the works of many philosophers.
Christopher Nolan, even ekraniziruya comics about Batman, added to them, and modern realism, and references to the classics. For example, in the movie "The Dark Knight Rises" characters quote whole paragraphs "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens.
All the same Nolan in "Beginning" tells a complex story, based on a "dream logic" where the spectator to remain wondering what in the picture is real.
Zack Snyder postponed to the big screen the famous graphic novel by Alan Moore's "Watchmen." And it's also not a typical story of superheroes, which necessarily wins good. The director understands the relativity of morality, and to the final and did not understand who is considered a villain: the most fundamental character puts the world on the brink of ruin, and the antagonist saves mankind.
Do not forget about the works of James Cameron and Luc BessonWho regularly raise the issue of the relationship between man and nature. If you watch the movie "Avatar" and "Valerian and the city of a thousand planets" carefully environmental theme in them is obvious.
And in recent years, and does the line between blockbusters and auteur cinema. A striking example - "To the stars"James Gray. At first glance it's just another film about the search for aliens and space flight. But in reality - a complex drama about a father's relationship with his son and himself.
And even among comic films about "X-Men" by Fox has a moving picture of the "Logan", which tells about old age and fatigue life.
And sometimes - just great fun
But, of course, many blockbusters really naive or even stupid. This and some kinokomiks, and various science fiction with elements of comedy.
No one denies that "Akvamene" no difficulty and subtexts, and the slogan of the franchise "Fast and Furious"In recent years the cost to make the phrase" dementia, and courage. " But this is precisely the essence of such tapes. They want the audience to enjoy a beautiful picture and relax.
Of course, the author's cinema complex - it is very good: it is watched carefully, and then spend hours discussing the hidden meaning. But if gathered merry company that wants to have fun, it's better to go than on a new picture Lars von Trier, And the "Pirates of the Caribbean."
The difference between the complex art-house films and fun-rides is about the same as between haute cuisine and a large portion of fries. First, of course, refined and aesthetically pleasing. But sometimes after work you just want a hearty and tasty to eat.
And even not surprising that such films give most of the rental. See the author's projects, many prefer the house, in silence, without being distracted. A "first player ready" and Marvel tape was filmed for the big screen, where you can experience the full extent and do not contain the emotions in the company of fans.
After all, if you look closely, in the film "The Avengers: The final" scene the appearance of Spider-Man removed almost in the theater, with the expectation of the audience reaction: it paused likely to yelling and applause.
It is a way to meet other film and culture
It is no secret that we live in a postmodern era in art, when the authors regularly quote the classics. Blockbusters also do not exist in a cultural vacuum. And the audience who will be interested large prime minister, before or after the show can meet with other interesting movies.
Very recent example - "Joker"Todd Phillips. Even before the release of pictures in wide release film director repeatedly mentioned that his version rather refers not to the comics or the previous film adaptation, but on the early work of Martin Scorsese. And of course, the sensational "Joker" will almost certainly cause many to see "Taxi Driver" or "King of Comedy".
Or viewers can find out the name of a director of interesting thanks to its involvement in major projects. So, after the movie "Thor: Ragnarok" all talking about Taiko Vaytiti, appearing before some great comedies.
If you look at the filmography of Robert Rodriguez, you will notice that it uses for action Family like "Spy Kids", then to shoot and promote their low-budget projects in style "Machete". And then, and another he gets well.
Besides now in a mass rolling out sequels to famous paintings of past years. "Mad Max: Road Rage" and "Blade Runner 2049" certainly made young viewers become familiar with the earlier parts of these franchises that were once very unusual experiment.
It is the development of cinema
Although many say that this movie blockbusters kill, in fact it is somewhat different.
To begin large-scale projects are developing the technology itself filming and special effects. In 2001, specially for the "Lord of the Rings" have come up with new software to modeled on a computer large-scale battles with hundreds of participants, as well as create incredible live Gollum.
In 2009, thanks to the grand idea of James Cameron on the set of "Avatar" capture facial expressions began to produce in real time: the director immediately saw the look of the final image. Now the actors easier to play any weird creatures, and still maintain the original features and movements.
Thanks to the technology of rejuvenation in the movie "The First Avenger: Confrontation" viewers showed a young Robert Downey - junior, and "Captain Marvel" - young Samuel L. Jackson.
So now there is one and the same actor can play his character in a totally different periods of life, and it does not require complicated makeup, facial expression chilling.
In addition, improved and the cameras themselves. For example, "The Dark Knight" has pushed the development and popularity of IMAX format, which allows a more clear picture and increase the size of the image for a larger immersion while watching.
In addition, such large-scale projects to popularize a variety of topics. "The Lord of the Rings" raised the interest in fantasy, becoming the forerunner of "Game of Thrones" and many other films and TV series. A "Interstellar" recalled that the cosmos can shoot hard and seriously.
There is also the purely financial reasons. blockbusters fees provide high profits studios and filmmakers. And with that money then shoot more challenging projects without fear of failure.
Of course, not all blockbusters are good. Leaves and many frankly slipshod projects. But it happens in any branch of art. However, the really interesting and high-quality movies is also quite.
Therefore it is not necessary to consider action and generally massive movie lot minded people. This is an excellent and interesting direction, which can and should look with pleasure.
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