Elements of a summer blockbuster: comic book superhero + aliens + explosions + green screen + CGI + 3D + over $100 Million budget.
What ever happened to eloquent storytelling about HUMANS?
I recently cried (and wailed) while watching Words and Pictures, The Fault in Our Stars and Wish I Was Here with moving performances from Juliet Binoche and Clive Owen; Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort; and Zach Braff and Kate Hudson, respectively. There is no doubt that these movies will be overlooked, but I am grateful for the movie theater experience of being drawn into their intricate and poignant stories about the human condition – flawed characters and raw emotions with no sugar coating. Stories we can relate to or empathize with.
Zach Braff wrote and directed Wish I Was Here and financed the movie through Kickstarter. Hollywood studios were willing to give him money for his movie, but he would have to compromise his creative freedom and integrity. His Kickstarter goal of raising $2 Million dollars (in 2013) was exceeded by his loyal fans who contributed $3 Million in less than 30 days. Bravo for his courage. My favorite character in the movie was Zach Braff’s daughter, played by Joey King, who was a mesmerizing and inspiring ingenue. She will be the next young actress to watch.
Am I a Zach Braff fan? Not necessarily. I never watched him as J.D. Dorian in the tv show Scrubs (2001 – 2010). A doctor friend said that Scrubs was the only tv show that was closest in depicting what really happens in a hospital. I did watch Braff’s first written and directed (autobiographical) film, Garden State (2004), on dvd. I didn’t realize that the soundtrack he personally chose songs for won a Grammy. He started his movie career by playing Woody Allen’s son (when he was 18 years old) in Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993) opposite Diane Keaton, Alan Alda and Anjelica Huston.
I watched the 3 movies to learn something new and support the creative visions of independent filmmakers. The summer blockbusters will still break box office records without me buying a ticket since I represent the minority theater goer. Support independent films.