Steven Spielberg Early Reviews fablemans It seems to imply that the film is the director’s love letter to the film industry and classic cinema, which uses many techniques and metaphors that no longer already exist in modern films and overall franchise projects.
In response, Reddit users discussed some of their favorite brands and brands of classic cinema that unfortunately aren’t seen anymore, whether it’s due to technical advancements or the ever-changing face of today’s cinematic climate.
Long Opening Loans
The opening credits were more important in classic Hollywood than they are now, in the age of franchise filmmaking and content creation. Movies have to fight more aggressively for audience attention today, and the big credits pretty much guarantee that many viewers will lose interest.
Redditor theg721 argues that long credits have the potential to be more exciting today “with modern CGI,” but most filmmakers aren’t willing to sacrifice that much of their project’s running time. Today, these kinds of unskippable opening credits are only found in TV series, where more time can be spent outside of the story.
In an age where pretty much anything can be created with special effects, the use of practical, manual effects has tragically become less frequent. But no matter how advanced technology may be, the immersive originality of real practical effects can never be duplicated.
One Reddit user talks about the “amazing” ways filmmakers were forced to create illusions before the time of special effects, claiming that this kind of creative practicality just doesn’t exist anymore. GCI often looks tacky and cheap, despite the amount of money required to make it work.
Big Budget Comedy Moments
In the past few years, it has become less and less frequent to see big-budget studio comedies shown in theaters around the world. Most of the screens are from franchise films or Hollywood stars, so much so that comedy has become one of the least desirable genres in the industry.
But in the days of classic Hollywood, comedy was one of the most popular films of all time. Most of the best comedies ever made come from a long era, and many Reddit users like jrogeroiii are frustrated with the fact that these types of movies are “very rare now.”
Black and white cinematography did not begin as a creative option, as color film was not available to most filmmakers until the 1940s or even the 1950s. This means that most of the films have been shot in black and white, a style many viewers find themselves largely missing out on.
Black and white is often used in television episodes to refer to something happening in the past, but outside of this specific use, this form of cinematography is rarely seen today. Like many fans, the quivering Redditor misses this particular era and believes there is “something very beautiful” about those movies.
Less plot-focused scenes
Especially with blockbuster movies, it often feels like the stories have very little room to breathe, as each scene just sets up the next and ensures that the story moves forward quickly. But in the past, it was not uncommon for popular films to contain some scenes that served no purpose other than to allow the audience to spend some quiet time with the characters.
Reddit user drummerguy06 claims that most movies these days are “afraid of rhythm, relaxation, and breathing,” which is an important part of most stories. The constant focus on plot and narrative is often stressful and prevents the audience from truly connecting with the characters.
If today’s movie was made with background noise or grainy cinematography, it would be seen as a clear mistake and openly criticized for it. But not only was this popular in classic Hollywood, many filmmakers intentionally introduced these quirks to give their films more charm and character.
Reddit user jay_eye_mboth_why wrote that they “miss the love of noise in the movie,” which was just one of the many flaws that came with this common metaphor. Although technical advances have been great for the film industry, they have also raised films to an even tougher level.
Real action sequences
Right now, action movies are arguably more popular than they’ve ever been, but the concept of an action movie has changed irrevocably over the years – as has the way it’s filmed. Several decades ago, it was common for most action sequences to be filmed in front of the camera with structured motions and duets, while today, much is done with CGI.
Reddit user infamous_yoghurt2858 agrees that it’s “missing great stunt and action sequences” the way it was made all those years ago. There are still a few famous actors who take pride in performing their stunts and action scenes, but they are less frequent than they used to be.
Leading unconventional actors
The concept of a leading man or woman means something completely different in every era, but in today’s movie scene, there seem to be very clear guidelines about who can (and can’t) be the face of a major franchise. Meanwhile, in classic Hollywood days, the only thing that really determined who could become a star was their acting ability.
Reddit user tjr_88 reflects on a time when Hollywood stars were defined by “star quality and media training” rather than by their looks and popularity, suggesting that this was one of the classic movie metaphors slowly fading away.
Lack of sequels and privileges
One of the main criteria that separates today’s movie industry from the classic Hollywood era is the focus on sequels, prequels, and episodic elements. It seems like every movie released today is part of a bigger picture, tied to another box office success or fan-favorite series.
Original stories were more common in the early days of Hollywood, with most films standing entirely on their own as separate narratives. Reddit user fartyfrankfurt argues that classic Hollywood was filled with “good writing and original stories,” which unfortunately faded and would benefit from a comeback.
While most action movies and superhero flicks still end with a battle between heroes and villains, there’s just something about classic Hollywood standoffs that can’t be replicated. Long, extended shots create tension in contrast to today’s more action-focused approach.
Redditor studboi69 initially pointed out this discrepancy, claiming that “at present, [showdowns] It feels too short and anti-climate,” which is most likely the result of flashy editorial decisions and an unwillingness to let the scene out longer than necessary.
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