Whether you go to the cinema every week or once a year, there's no denying that films make a brilliant escape (unless it's the Woman In Black. Awesome movie, but if it were real, that would be bad). But how much have they changed over the years? A lot. Many things have changed; the quality of special effects, the development of CGI, 3D, and there's a whole new generation of actors. But I've also noticed that films are becoming less and less original.
There are a lot of movies from the last year or so that are book adaptations, or superhero movies, which is great until you realise that the few films that weren't adapted from books aren't good any more. It's like Hollywood has run out of ideas for entertaining, original films now and are just taking ideas from books and are forcing sequels to happen, just so they can make money. Some of you might think I'm being melodramatic, and I probably am, but I am a huge film fan and I can't remember the last movie I watched that was original.
This is the worst possible time for Hollywood to start making more bad movies, we are in difficult times and we need an escape. On the other hand, I suppose all the bad films make the good ones seem more enjoyable when they come along (like The Avengers or The Dark Knight Rises, which I haven't seen yet but I know it'll be good because...Gary Oldman, seriously).
Another thing about films now is 3D. Ordinary ticket prices are expensive enough, but 3D tickets cost even more and it doesn't even do anything for the film. And in the wise words of the genius known as Christopher Nolan, “I never meet anybody who actually likes the format, and it's always a source of great concern to me when you're charging a higher price for something that nobody seems to really say they have any great love for". I know it's becoming a bit cliché, but it's true and you know it.
Over the last few decades, society has adapted to movies. Yesterday I watched 'A Clockwork Orange' (Malcom McDowell's performance as Alex is as incredible as Heath Ledger's as The Joker) and I was thinking about how 40 years ago this movie was banned because people found it so controversial, yet only the other day it was on ITV. It's almost like it's not controversial and shocking any more, because times have changed and in the 1970s people couldn't even begin to comprehend why this film was made. And now, 'A Clockwork Orange' is viewed by many people as a classic. Maybe this generation is messed up. Whatever, I enjoyed it.
Some things have changed for the better though, like CGI. If you watch Jaws, it's an awesome movie but as everyone likes to constantly point out, the shark just doesn't look real because they didn't have advanced technology when it was made. Now we have amazing CGI, and motion-capture which still allows actors to do what they're paid for. I personally don't like it when too much CGI is used in a film, but it has been developed a lot over the years and it looks so real now. Just look at Avatar.
I think in some ways Hollywood is starting to disappoint but there is still hope from legendary directors like Christopher Nolan (let's face it, he's never made a bad movie and they're all beautiful masterpieces). There could also be more development with visual effects and, who knows, faith may be restored when Edgar Wright makes The World's End.
So, what do you think? Has the industry changed for the better? What's your favourite film of all time and why?