Where is the fun? This is the question that rang loud and clear in my head as I walked out of the theater after seeing Ridley Scott's Robin Hood. Now, that movie was flawed in more than one way. (Like why the fuck would you choose to tell a Robin Hood story where we don't even see him being Robin hood?) But what really dragged it down for me was the overall tone of bleakness and boredom. It's gotten to the point where for a movie to be considered "good" it needs to be gritty realistic hard-hitting drama which gets slightly boring after awhile. I miss the days where the movies that were considered "good" were colorful and energetic. Now they all seem to involve endless amounts of talking seriously in hushed tones for half the movie.
Now I am not saying I would like every WWII movie to star the A-team. But there's nothing that says you can't have a fun energetic movie that doesn’t belittle the subject matter at hand. For an example of this look no further than the Great Escape.
The Great Escape is an amazingly fun energetic movie that is dealing with some serious subjects. (As demonstrated by the execution sequence towards the end) . This goes to show you that you can deal with serious subjects but at the same time create a fun cinematic experience.
I don’t really know where I’m going with this but I guess the point I’m trying to make is that modern Hollywood almost doesn’t allow for serious movies to be fun. In order to be taken seriously these days it seems that movies need to be made less cinematic. I mean there are exceptions. (Tarantino, Coen Bros. etc) but, I those exceptions are few and far between. I don't know, I just wish that more movies would have the bravery to be fun.
(Unless of course those movies are directed by Michael Bay)