I know, IT is the movie everyone is talking about this weekend, but - no offense to #pennywise , the movie with staying power I saw in theaters this week is #closeencountersofthethirdkind , the masterful #stevenspielberg classic for the ages. My first viewings of the film ( as mentioned in a previous post) was during the original 1977 release, I've watched it many times since, and on the big screen this week, it swept me away again on a wave of wistful emotions. .
But maybe the biggest thing that stood out for me this time is how - sadly - this movie could NEVER be made today. Spielberg's film is a long emotional ride, and it's a positive one, summed up by the song referenced on-screen and in the #johnwilliams score "When You Wish Upon A Star". Google the lyrics if you don't know them. Richard Dreyfuss plays a dreamer whose dreams do come true, and the movie ends on a huge emotional release, full of Hope and acceptance and anticipation of the unknown. It's a bright upbeat movie, not a dark/cool one. .
Today's movie makers, or at least the A list directors of blockbusters, would struggle to make a movie full of such color, such vibrancy. Even the recent alien drama #arrival fell victim to the dreaded Drained of Color & Then Tinted Blue & Green syndrome 😋. I don't understand why directors think this is a good idea. To be fair, Spielberg himself has become a fan of a silver shimmer style in some recent films and that doesn't thriller me, either . .
And a huge, thematic orchestral score like Williams delivered here would not be allowed, either. Music is a huge part of this film ( and most Spielberg movies) , and it is really upfront in the mix. Today, bone crunching sound effects take priority over music. 😕
And, dammit, Spielberg is a storyteller. #guyritchie , #zacksnyder , #nicolaswindingrefn may have their visual styles, but as storytellers, they can't shine Spielberg's shoes 😎. These days movies are promoted with tags like " from visionary director" , and all it means is they have tons of neat camera tricks. Are you going to seriously tell me a Visionary directed #abrahamlincolnvampirehunter ? Really? 😈