a few days ago, Netflix The second season of the entertainment documentary series The films that shaped us. It is a combination of four chapters dedicated to contemporary movie classics such as Back to the futureAnd Pretty womanAnd Jurassic Park NS Forrest Gump.
In this way, the streaming giant gives a continuation of the previous volume that covered another quartet of popular films made up of dirty danceAnd My poor angelAnd Ghostbusters NS hard to kill. The series’ formula is as simple as it is engaging: hilarious behind-the-scenes audio evidence of a handful of successes that has marked a generation, with interviews, archival material, and some of the most remembered scenes from the films in question; And a final coda introduces an emotional truth about the makers of this famous jewel.
The goal is more of a summary of general information than a thoughtful analysis of these titles turned box office cisterns. In this sense, the content oscillates between long-known anecdotes and some statements that will surprise fans of these beloved films. For example, in the chapter devoted to Back to the future The accent was placed on the unusual title Universal’s directors wanted for this movie, and the complications with the cast (including the failed clip of Eric Stoltz starring a few weeks of filming), budget constraints, and a handful of color details. While in the loop about Pretty woman, we are witnessing a creative process launched at different times to our most outlandish intuition, with many scenes shot multiple times with dramatic and humorous recording without knowing for sure what the final tone of the proposal would be. Of course, there’s also talk of a mythical, bitter ending that the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time would have had, and the accent is placed on a new and at the time unknown existence. Julia Roberts As an essential part of this event; And a great rower when it comes to persuasion Richard Gere To accept the leadership role with her.
It is true that the lack of testimonials from the main stars in these films undermines the brilliance of this documentary series, but it is skillfully circumvented by the presence of screenwriters, casting directors, cinematographers and costume designers; And other members behind the scenes. Another spice we miss are those songs that are trademarks of these movies. Certainly due to cost issues in purchasing rights, visits are conspicuously absent in the above chapters The power of love (Huey Lewis and the news) From Back to the future, classic Pretty woman (Roy Orbison), who gave the title to the comic to which he dedicated Julia Roberts.
beyond those limitations, The films that shaped us It has two main drawbacks at the conceptual level. On the one hand, both the original title, The movie we madeAs in the subtitled movie, we suggest reading these hit movies from the cultural DNA of a generation. However, little and nothing is said about the effect these phenomena had; And much less about the social and cultural context in which they were released. Obviously, the series doesn’t pretend to be a social treatise, but its limited trivia-based composition makes it so close to all that information we can access with a few clicks on a page like IMDb.
But the most questionable thing about this original proposal Netflix It’s his lack of sympathy for nostalgia that’s ironic for capturing every viewer who wants to peek at this narrative. In his eagerness to attract the attention of the diligent viewer, each of the chapters The films that shaped us He runs at such a fast pace that he hardly gives a chance to think. In this way, the experience serves as an educational review at high speed, rather than an encounter with the magic that those illuminating films were able to produce.
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