Each decade in cinema is a reflection of its time and society. In other words, it is very easy to identify productions from the most varied decades just looking at the set that makes up the whole, see costumes, hairstyles, sets, music, styles, behaviors, slang and dialogues. But especially the kind of plot we’re watching. After all, our ever-evolving world leaves the context of the specific works of its time quite dated. That is, or almost.
What happens is that, in our current era, it turns and moves, types of movies that seem frozen in time. These are productions that make use of a story or narrative structure that is well known to those who are a little older, as they have seen them countless times in the past. Of course, less lazy filmmakers will change something here and there, especially with regard to dialogues, putting a more modern phrase or current element. Despite this, in most cases the impression is that certain films had their scripts written back in the 80s or 90s, and then they were shelved, seeing the light of day only now.
With that in mind, we decided to formulate a new article covering 10 recent films that could easily have been recorded in the 80s and 90s, replacing a CGI with a practical effect here, or a cell phone for a pay phone there. Check it out below.
Netflix’s new thriller has been buzzing. This is yet another case where critics and audiences seem to disagree. While the movie with the talented Amy Adams is torn apart by experts, viewers made the feature the platform’s newest hit, making it enter the list of most-watched films. Anyone who has checked it out, noticed that it has a certain recurring “content” in some films from the 90s, where a female protagonist saw herself in the middle of a mysterious plot, usually using the setting of a house or apartment as a theme, see living with danger (1990) e single woman looking (1992). When it comes to simplistic mysteries revelations, we can include The Bone Collector (1999) on the list – all easily appearing as good examples of Supercine.
It’s the year 2021, but why create modern and unique stories when Hollywood can exhaustively recycle the same kind of material it’s always used, right? Here, in this new action thriller, which marks the return of Angelina Jolie to the genre (scheduled to premiere on the 27th of this month), the plot used is that of the child in danger who needs to be protected by the heroine. In this field, James Cameron did school, with the super productions Aliens – The Rescue (1986) e The Terminator 2 (1991). The motto was also used in Code to Hell (1998), com Bruce Willis.
This comedy is another production released directly by Netflix. The plot tells about two forty-year-old friends, a little overweight, discovering themselves as the new superheroines in the area, played by Melissa McCarthy e Octavia Spencer. Mixing comedy with the superhero fantasy and action genre, the film sounds a lot like a typical product of the 80s and 90s, when you didn’t quite know how to turn comics into movies. The list of genre films that appealed to playfulness is long, but we can cite Superman 3 (1983), Batman Forever (1995), Batman & Robin (1997), O JuiWith (1995) e very crazy heroes (1999).
Wonder Woman 1984
Speaking of DC heroes, the second most popular Amazon movie in pop culture took such a ride on nostalgia that it ended with a warming-up taste of some production straight out of those decades. Here we have several previously seen elements, be it the color tone and the flashy look, the subplots of body changes with Steve Trevor, the villain who was shy and introverted in the past, to the central plot of the magical object that grants wishes, everything sounds very much like it came from the past.
As much as this latest FOX film has the differentiated proposal of mixing horror and superhero genres, widely advertised as the pioneer in such feat, here we can note strong influences from products from the past. In Club of Five (1985) we have dysfunctional characters gathered in “detention”, taking a lightning course in meshing. other than that, echoes Nightmare Hour 3 (1987), with young patients from a psychiatric institution needing to face with their powers an evil common to all.
In the 80s and 90s, it was common to have movies with some strange little creature that causes a stir, attracts the attention of hunters or the government, but which is actually docile and kind. The list is long and goes from ET – The Extraterrestrial (1982), passing through A Guest of Noise (1987), The Miracle came from Space (1987), Howard – The Superhero (1986) and the series Alf – O Eteimoso (1986). Of course, at the time, they were all creations in animatronics, costumes or puppets, and today they rely almost exclusively on CGI. We even have the grim reaper Jim Carrey in the cast, totally in 90s mode.
Another device typically popular in the 1980s and 1990s was talking animal movies. Perhaps the greatest exponent of the subgenre is Babe – The Fumbling Pig (1995), which received an Oscar nomination for best film. Here, we have many talking animals, all properly generated by CGI, to Robert Downey Jr. have fun on screen (and maybe just him). Other than that, we have added to the mix the children’s story created by Hugh Lofting, which was adapted for the second time to cinema, in a modern way, in 1998, when the character was lived by Eddie Murphy.
We can analyze this survival thriller with touches of horror and science fiction starring the muse Kristen Stewart as a great tribute to the subgenre that reigned in the 80’s and 90’s. Perhaps no other year in the 80’s has been more remarkable for the style than 1989. That’s when we won features like The Secret of the Abyss (from James Cameron), Leviathan (from the same director of Rambo 2) e Abyss of Terror (from the same director of Friday 13). Other than that, the 90’s gave us works like Sphere (1998), Tentacles (1998) e Virus (1999).
Freaky – In the Body of an Assassin
Another very strong trend in these unforgettable decades was the narrative of the exchange of bodies. Parents and children, men and women, and young and old, there was no lack of unusual change. That’s how movies like A Spirit Descended on Me (1984), Like father Like Son (1987), The other way around (1988), A Special Request (1988), a different dream (1989), behind that kiss (1992) e Wish Upon a Star (1996). In Freaky, we’ve added to the mix the element of slasher horror movies, which were popular in the ’80s, and reinvented in the ’90s with Panic (1996).
The latest action movies from Liam Neeson it is so generic and dated that it honestly could have left the plot of several productions from the 80s and 90s. See if this plot is familiar to you. A talented vault thief decides to do one last job before retiring. However, in this last act he encounters complications and now he has to run and flee to clear his name. everything since Profession: thief (1981) a the big robbery (1993) is used as inspiration.