Monday, June 18, 2007

Dark Eye

David Fincher makes dark, serious, brooding films, and just to make certain the audience understands just how dark and serious the films are, he shoots them in very low-light and nobody smiles. This is all right up to a point but why choose to work from such a limited palette time and time again?

Many filmmakers nowadays seem to struggle to find a balance between serious intent and entertainment. What one sees are films that are either very earnest, in a politically correct ‘lets try and understand this’ kind of way, or just good old-fashioned dumb, with a diminishing space in between.

Zodiac is the ‘based on a true story’ story behind the serial killer that partly inspired the first Dirty Harry film. The film is certainly not a bad one and it moves smoothly along its (as is often the case nowadays) overlong running time, but I think it would have benifited greatly from a bit more colour.


Blogger Benjamin Nakizo said...

I have a question for you.

Why is it that just when I thought we had established that today's youths can't sit still for more than five seconds, and all forms of media need to be mashed and editted to high hell so that we can digest it all, that movies have suddenly decided that 3 hours running time is a good target to aim for.

It makes no sense to me. I have yet to walk out halfway through a film in the cinema but have never come closer than this year and last as all films, even ones i am enjoying, seem to drag on, and on and on and on and on.

7:53 AM

Blogger Eric said...

Yep. I agree with you one hundred percent on all counts. Youth, low attention spans, editing, MTV, yet longer than ever running times for movies. It doesn't really make sense, but...

I think the simplest answer, and, therefore probably the right one, is that the films make money. Bottom line, as always. I believe the trend started back in the winter of 2001 when Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings - both closer to 3 than 2 hour running times - were both massive sucesses. Blockbuster running times generally got longer and people still went to see the films.

Good luck with the dissertation!

1:54 AM


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