Which would be future classic movies? If you consider Star Wars classic (and many do), then will Episode VII be considered a classic as well? Will the new The Hobbit-trilogy be considered a classic? I don’t think the entire Dark Knight-trilogy will qualify, but maybe just The Dark Knight? What about Brokeback Mountain? I do agree though, that I find it difficult to think of anything really recent that would withstand the test of time. On the other hand. I don’t believe IMDb is always the measure for everything, and I don’t think Cristopher Nolan is the only director who can create a classic. I guess we’ll just have to try not to die too soon and find out. In the mean time: it’s speculation-time!
Drawing on my visit to London, it seems that any classic movie is bound to feature some iconic costumes (look at Indiana Jones and The Breakfast Club. With these, just the silhouette of the main character – Indy and Bender respectively – should trigger a nostalgic revisitation). So which movies have recently featured some iconic costuming? In recent years, the following movies have one the Academy Award for best costume design: Anna Karenina, The Artist, Alice In Wonderland, The Young Victoria, The Duchess, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and Marie Antoinette. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that these are going to be our future classics.
The problem is that the Academy just doesn’t really seem to grasp what costume design (in my opinion) is about. It’s about creating the character. Any character in any sort of world or story. But the Academy just seems to have a taste for the lavish and the costume in the more derogatory sense of the word. The way children say “costume” when they’re dressing up as princesses, or cowboys and Indians. Out of these seven movies, six fall under the genre costume drama. Costume is a big part of that genre, yes, but it to me it often seems very ostentatious and in-your-face. I myself am more impressed when the costume just makes perfect sense. It’s as simple as that, but it’s not the case with all of these movies.
Something else I have always been very adamant about, is soundtracks. For a nice good ramble about that, check over here. And yes, there are definitely classics with some iconic background music as well. The Academy recognized this in their rendition of the Jaws-theme when someone was running long with their thank you-speech (it was rather tasteless, but very effective). According to Jesse from Pitch Perfect, these are the five movies with the best scores ever: Jaws, Rocky, Star Wars, E.T. and The Breakfast Club. And all of these are classics, whether we like it or not (I’m looking at you, Rocky).
So is an amazing soundtrack then a guarantee of reaching classic-hood? Probably not. But here’s a list of movies from recent years that won the Oscar for best original score, the Academy does seem to be more on point. However, I believe it’s missing one movie: Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone (I honestly have no clue which title is the American one and which the British, and I don’t really care either). I mean come on! John Williams! He should have won that one. Three of those five movies were scored by him! And now he’s retiring, and the world will be a little bit less bright for it.
Just for the sake of it, I would also like to mention cinematography here. Whether we recognize a shot from a movie the moment we see it is probably quite a big indicator. So, test your knowledge of classics right over here! What do you guys think? Are there certain aspects that can announce a future classic movie? Or is it all just staring at tea leaves?
This post was inspired by Fandago Groover’s post: http://fandangogroovers.wordpress.com/2013/04/02/future-classic-movies/