This week, I watched two movies that I did not think were connected. Scent of a Woman and A Few Good Men. I love both of these movies and only when looking up their details did I realise they were made in the same year.
They actually have much in common. They centre on character studies with outstanding and memorable dialogue. There is hardly any action and no violence. They end with riveting and iconic scenes delivered by actors of the highest calibre at their peak. The succeed in being accessable by the mainstream audience but, at the same time, they do not dumb down. They are not afraid of adding some cheese but not too much. There is zero CGI. They are directed by men who specialised in drama and getting the best out of their actors. They are relatively slow with long cuts (compared to modern day), giving space for the characters to grow. They have not really dated in their themes/arcs. I'm sure there are more.
Anyway, do these movies represent the end of an era re Hollywood blockbusters. ? Is there room in the current market for movies like these? Do we have iconic actors to fill these rolls? Why aren't movies like this made? (or I have missed them). Why has our attention span changed so we need more and more action?
Sorry for the mini rant and I'm happy to be corrected but...I went forward 20 years and looked at the most popular movies of 2012 and could find nothing that fitted into this classic catagory of character lead drama. If I go back, I can imagine many Hollywood actors from previous decades performing these roles (Peck, Tracy, Stewart, Douglas, Lancaster, Fonda,Newman, Mitchum, Hackman)