2019 was a seemingly great year for pushing boundaries in films. Music, technology, British and female influences all took a share of the increase in popularity and the trend appears to be on the rise.
Music in the Movies
Producers like Heather Parry have been pushing through hits like A Star Is Born since 2018 and the past few years have been chock full of musical films and biopics. Director Dexter Fletcher followed up the success of Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody with Rocketman, the story of Sir Elton John. In 2020, David Bowie and Dusty Springfield can expect to receive their due with Stardust and So Much Love, respectively.
Technology continues to reinvent in seemingly unimaginable ways. Virtual and augmented realities are giving world-builders new platforms to create immersive experiences for consumers. Experimentation is generally much more welcomed and brands are using this opportunity to tell their stories and reach customers. Low-budget movie makers are taking advantage of streaming services to get exposure. Indie studios and A-list actors are skipping theaters and DVDs by launching films directly to platforms like Netflix and Amazon Originals.
The world seems to be in love with the English accent. Outlander, The Crown and Black Mirror are a few examples of major British productions achieving popularity in the US and around the globe. Even retro hits like Absolutely Fabulous are still alive and kicking, releasing specials as recently as 2012.
Women Directing Women
Women are continually rising both on-screen and behind-the-scenes in Hollywood, and 2019 was no exception. Box-office smash Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson, was co-directed by Anna Boden. Miss Bala, a Mexican crime thriller, was directed by Catherine Hardwick and cast Gina Rodriguez in the title role. Greta Gerwig, director of Lady Bird, re-envisioned Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, released on Christmas day.
Storytelling has typically been a favorite escape for many people and movie buffs can generally expect that 2020 will continue to bring new and inventive changes, enhancing the cinematic experience.
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