Reddit Asks the Question: 'What Used To Be Really Common in Movies That You Don't See Anymore?'
One of the pleasures of watching movies is appreciating the amount of novelty any given project might bring while weighing that up against the amount of established tropes it trades in. Because while you’ll see a lot of angry people railing against what they perceive to be an unhealthy preponderance of cliches or worn-out ideas, there’s actually nothing inherently wrong with convention. Convention can provide a framework within which to innovate, or it can serve as a touchstone of familiarity for the audience that functions as a guiding hand through whatever story you’re trying to tell. Obviously, like with anything, too much familiarity can be a bad thing, and if you forget to provide anything original at all your story can come across as a flimsy trope skeleton with no substance or heart whatsoever. I’m a huge fan of daringly original or innovative movies, but sometimes there’s nothing that brings a smile to my face as much as a cleverly deployed classic trope. Reddit asked a question a little while ago—‘What used to be really common in movies that you don’t see anymore’—the answers to which gave me a warm buzz of comfort a fair few times, although a number of them were just disturbingly revealing of where we used to be as a society in terms of what was acceptable to show onscreen. You can check out the full thread here, but below are some highlights:
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