I’m sure many of us got disappointed with a movie adaptation or a remake of an all time favorite movie, we have seen the many novels that are out there in the market with the names of so many authors, yes I know I’m one of them, but that’s not the point of my post of course. So why it became harder to pinpoint a great book and have a legendary and not just a good movie these days?
Older movies are more memorable and better because, unlike now, they didn’t get cocky with special effects and the overuse of soundtracks that are either incompatible or exaggerated with the scenes. So in the old days, to make a good quality movie they have to rely mainly on the other and more important ingredients; the dialogue and the story itself. The harder it is to imagine and create the more juices pumping to your brain. A simple example from our lives is the overuse of a calculator, the more you do it the harder it becomes to do math in your brain (Which is why I started to play Einstein brain tester on my i-phone, which I really recommend).
An example of that is the movie Casablanca, my god, the dialogue, the story, the acting, if you died before seeing that movie then you haven’t existed in this life. If the movie Doctor Zhivago was done in these days I’m sure there will be a big, opera music scene where our hero will try to survive a very well CGI created bear and may even kill the poor digital animal, thinking that by this they will add suspense to us viewers… wrong!
I had this very interesting conversation once a very long time ago with a fellow blogger of mine, the Sweet and hilarious Robin Coyle, after she posted about old typewriters that were used by authors to create their own piece of works. The reason why older novels are great is because writing with those typewriters are really a very tiresome process to go through, so if someone wants to write a story, he or she wouldn’t bother her or himself unless they really think and truly believe they have something to offer. Now it’s easier to write, so unfortunately not so many people put an effort with their stories to try and make them as good or at least as original.
Creators of all form of arts should have a better base to launch from, they shouldn’t label the hard work that made those movies, novels and other arts legends as old school, it is what should always be known as the write way (pardon the pun).