Blockbuster: (n) a movie, book, or other product that is a great commercial success.
“Tell me a story.”
This may be one of the first complete sentences that each of us uttered to our parental figures to delay our bedtime, but also procure an interesting tale.
What is it we like about a story?
- We have to be able to relate to it in some way.
- We have to feel something.
- There has to be a surprise.
- Maybe a conflict.
- But the resolution needs to satisfy us–even if sometimes it is basically an unsatisfying conclusion.
Movies are made in Hollywood all the time. I can always tell when a movie is going to make lots of money but fall by the wayside and never be mentioned again–the word “blockbuster” is always assigned to it.
So even though hundreds of blockbusters have been made, garnered profit and slithered into the shadows, it is the simple flick that retains our interest and keeps us coming back for more.
I don’t know how many times I’ve watched The Princess Bride.
How about Shawshank Redemption?
I’m a sucker for Forrest Gump.
Meanwhile, the blockbusters don’t seem to carry the intrigue–because they ask me to watch instead of feel. I’m a human. If I don’t feel, I move on until I find something to feel.
So I completely understand Hollywood–they have worked out a system to make expensive movies minus some heart, which have great opening weekends and procure tons of money.
But even though it won many awards and was a blockbuster, Ben Hur just does not have the lasting appeal of It’s a Wonderful Life.
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