Top five movie trends and surprises of 2010
Movies both disappointed and surprised studios and audiences in 2010. Star power dimmed while real-life stories turned both dramatic and documentary features into unexpected hits. And technology wowed, then disappointed as 3D and high-profile sequels fizzled at the box office. The top trends from this year present a very mixed bag heading into the second decade of the new millennium, says Hollywood.com box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian.
1. 'Based on a true story'
Hollywood has leapt into real-life stories with a vengeance, says Mr. Dergarabedian. Just look at the slew of end-of-year films based on real people and their stories. From â€śThe Kingâ€™s Speech" to â€ś127 Hours,â€ť â€śThe Social Network,â€ť and â€śThe Fighter.â€ť These are all meaty dramas targeted squarely at the upcoming awards season. All of them are being discussed in the same breath as next yearâ€™s Golden Globes and Academy Awards, not to mention the plethora of smaller statuettes being handed out over the next few months.
â€śItâ€™s clear that audiences are tired of bad fiction and terrible news,â€ť says filmmaker Michal Abney, who adds that after so many big budget films that have faltered over the past few years, â€śHollywood is finally picking up on the reality that audiences want something authentic that will uplift and inspire them to watch.â€ť Most of these films, he adds, focus on the triumph of the human spirit over great personal adversity or creative challenge.
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