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Every now and then, I walk away from a cinema hall with multiple feelings. A sense of enthrallment and a mild headache!
One day, I was earnestly into a cinema hall and enthusiastically out. I had my money’s worth, but heaviness in my head befriended the prominent felling of amusement. I knew at the back of mind, the exact reasons for my contradictory condition. The exaggerated impetus to special effects was taking a toll of my nerves. Those intense flashes of express action, my transfixed eyes had bearded all that, and the processor of my brain had to overwork to make meaning of everything. My head had to be on its toes to be abreast with the chills and thrills.
On reaching home, I sat back in retrospection. Has the Hollywood become an over dosage of special effects, which though exciting is mentally-taxing? Are we no longer capable of seeing the beauty in small things of life?
Occasionally, a movie brim-packed with scintillating special effects is an interest-building diversion, but when you have every second release teeming with larger than life sequences, the aforesaid questions naturally bubble up?
I, for one, am an ardent admirer of a delicate balance in filmmaking. Firstly, there was the old-school filmmaking where emotions dominated the storytelling and characterization. It was the time of expressive acting and Charlie Chaplin was the leader of the lot by a huge margin. Now, we have the new age cinema, where emotions have taken a back seat and the special effects have become the game changers?
I am not saying that Hollywood has not progressed by leaps and bounds, but it has scope for further improvement. To put it in a better way, a scope for balance: a balance between emotions and special effects.
Both are equally important and if anyone among the two gets toned down, something is clearly absent from our platter of entertainment.
Come on Hollywood!
You need to balance things out; we would want the old-school filmmaking to work together with the contemporary cinema. That would make Hollywood a land of artists, which is simply unsurpassable in every aspect.