What Happened to Movie Variety?

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It seems like almost every movie that comes out, and is globally successful, is either A) a futuristic dystopia where someone is fighting for their liberation from an oppressive government or B) a superhero movie.

Looking at the top five grossing movies of 2013, in descending order of money made “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Iron Man 3,” “Despicable Me 2,” “Frozen,” and “Man of Steel,” you can see that only two of these do not fall into the two categories listed above.

I have nothing against superhero movies. I saw “Thor: The Dark World” twice in theaters, I have watched “Marvel’s The Avengers” far too many times, and I have nothing against watching one of Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies. I cannot adequately give justice to any of the dystopian movies as I’m not a fan of that genre and I haven’t seen any of them, but they have been increasing in popularity since “The Hunger Games” came out.

If you look back at top five grossing movies per year, the last time there were movies that weren’t a part of these three genres was in 2004 with the only superhero movie being “Spider-Man 2,” but even then the only movie that was based on real events was “The Passion of the Christ.” Where is the variety? Every year fewer and fewer serious movies based on real life events, even if they are dramatized, are released.

Dystopian novels hit bookshelves long before “The Hunger Games” came out, but when “The Hunger Games” was released in theaters, dystopian movies became common place. “The Hunger Games” came out in 2012, and its sequel “Catching Fire” came out in 2013. Last year also saw the release of other dystopian movies such as “Elysium,” “Oblivion,” and “The Purge” while this year, “Divergent,” based upon the book by the same name, is set to come out on the big screen. Before “The Hunger Games” though, movies like “1984,” that was loosely based on the book, “The Matrix,” “RoboCop” which has a remake premiering this year, and “V for Vendetta” came out, setting the scene for these futuristic, post-apocalyptic films.

In 2005, “Batman Begins” was released, marking the beginning of an age of superhero movies. In 2008, Marvel Studios made their response to DC’s Batman movie with films based on Iron Man and The Hulk. Soon, The Avengers Initiative began with “Iron Man 2,” as well as movies based on other superheroes apart of the Avengers like Thor and Captain America. These movies all led up to “Marvel’s The Avengers.” Since then, there have been sequels to the Thor movie and a third Iron Man movie, while next year will see the release of another Captain America movie. In addition to the sequels, Marvel Studios will be premiering another group of heroes in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie. All of these heroes will be brought together again in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” in 2015.

I don’t hate that there are so many of these movies, I love most of them. I just wish that more movies, like “The King’s Speech” and “The Iron Lady,” which are both based on recent historical events, came out in theatres and were more popular than they are. Maybe it is because we as humans crave the surreal and the adventure that comes with unrealistic movies, but we should always take time to reflect upon what has happened and the amazing men and women of our history who have shaped the world we live in.

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