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Films of Substance Do Still Get Made Despite Today’s Action Emphasis

Trends in movies lately have some worried. The biggest money makers at the box office are seen by many as being long on action and short on substance. There has always been a bit of a gap between films preferred by critics and those that the general public tends to like. The former preferring more artsy films and the latter going for the enjoyable flick to watch while guzzling a soft drink and popcorn. There are of course differences between the sexes as well when it comes to movies as any guy dragged to see a “chick flick” by his girlfriend can attest to. Simon Pegg, who plays Scotty in the latest Star Trek movies, is not sure he’s happy about the emphasis on action over substance that has swept over the box office.

He points out that movies such as “The Godfather” and “The French Connection” used to be the hits of yesteryear and now they are movies based on comic book characters such as the Avengers movies as well as largely action based science fiction films such as the Star Wars movies. In fact, he points to the release of the original “Star Wars: A New Hope” in 1977 as almost a demarcation line after which action seemed to trump substance. Fortunately, NJSpotlight and the folks at Boraie Development LLC agree that even if they don’t top the box office, intelligent, well done movies that focus on script and story above superficial appeal do continue to get made. “Ex Machina” is a good example of this, and it is still in theaters now.