With Marvel/Disney, Sony, 20th Century Fox and DC/Warner Bros. all at the forefront in the world of film right now, thanks almost entirely to their gargantuan comic book superhero hits from the Avengers (2012) to last year’s Deadpool, many film fans are asking the question: How long will the reign of the comic book movie last?
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Here at The Mews we’ve seen many try to give an answer to this question, lots of commentators trying to pinpoint a rough date and timeline as to when exactly this will be. But, as with most pop culture trends, it will be something that just slowly phases out as the next big trend comes in. Really, the question we want to discuss is: What will the next cinematic trend be?
in 2013 Gravity-mania hit the world, with the public and critics talking about the breathtaking visuals used to bring the somewhat turbulent day of (relatively)- realistically depicted astronauts, and had us believing that we really were in space – even if only within Earth orbit – for two hours. It was then in 2014 that we got the full space travel experience with Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, which set a precedent for the genre moving forward, winning the Best Visual Effects Academy Award in the process.Space exploration films following on from Gravity, Interstellar and last year’s The Martian will no doubt push the technology further, as better cameras and equipment are developed and animation/CGI costs come down.
Of course, space movies have been around for a while already, following the Space Race of the 1960s, but what we’re talking about here is a rise in the genre’s popularity. The public is beginning to take to it, as our general interests in the Cosmos, space travel and the possibilities of extraterrestrial life continue to grow – thanks mainly to increased news coverage and activity of NASA’s space projects and expeditions.
The cinema screen is being used to allow us, in this case, to imagine what our vast Universe may hold, and to take advantage of the alluring setting among the stars to bring forward the big questions of meaning and purpose into our minds. It’s exciting for filmmakers as the setting itself offers an immediate sense of escapism, and is therefore that much easier to draw audiences into a film.