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What makes a Film a BlockBuster?

By Creative(54,965) Creative

Posted Thursday, January 10, 2008
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I was asked this question recently and it got me thinking. What does make a film a blockbuster? Is it the abundance of sex, violence and special effects..or is it something else?
Reflecting on the films that have become classics and stood the test of time I beg to differ.
I suspect that the ingredient to box office film success is realism. Making the cinema screen a mirror of the viewer.
Consider films like, 'An Officer and a Gentleman' or 'The Full Monty' or 'Billy Elliot'.

These were all Box office hits and classics combined. They combined realism with great drama. We see  ordinary people on the big screen doing what 'we' the ordinary people do. This is why reality TV is so popular. We want to see ourselves on TV.

We want to know we are not different, that we are not alone and that our faults, insecurities and fears are shared.
If a Director can tap into our fears, our needs and our wants then they can create a masterpiece.
I myself am bored with the majority of films being churned out that contain minimum dialogue and are all action. They are uninspiring, dull and instantly forgettable. So much so I can't even name them. A film has to be really good  for me to consider wasting 2hrs sitting motionless in front of it. Good script, excellent direction, acting and drama will hold my attention and nothing less will do.
To those newbie Directors looking for the next Box Office Hit, consider this:
Real life has it all, tragedy, sorrow, romance,humor, there is no need to embellish.



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