6 Great Films That Reduce Genre Expectations

6 Great Films That Reduce Genre Expectations ...

For books, music, and even movies, an original idea is difficult to come by.It''s true that franchising and sequels are a key component of film.

People are concerned about what they''re about to see when walking into a theater. They want comedy to make them laugh, and superhero movies to have evil-doers shake off: yet not all films play the rulebook. Plenty of genre-busting films throw the rules out the window and make something special.

''''Joker'''' (2019)

Todd Phillips'' stunningly dark picture, which stars Joaquin Phoenix in an Academy Award-winning performance, reveals the eerie presence of Gotham to provide a dramatic portrayal of classism and social inequality in America today. Gotham has always been an influence in Batman''s narrative, and the film has a lot to say about its actual condition, as well as of America itself.

Definition of more intense action sequences (uncommon within Batman) demonstrates that Jokerand The Batman is more than a simple throwback. Superhero films are now so enthused into our society that they are no longer tied to the genre''s conventions.

''''About Schmidt'''' (2002)

Warren Schmidt, a recently retired insurance salesman, was played by Jack Nicholson for one of his career''s last performances. He embarked on a journey that allows him to examine his relationship with his family and with the man he has become.

About Schmidt, an industry well-known composer, plays like a quiet tragedy while often being very amusing. It''s often sad while altogether thoughtful, providing an introspective look at the apprehension of a failed life.

''''Blue Valentine'''' (2010)

The starring roles in Derek Cianfrances'' contemporary tale of a married couple, which is seen through two different periods, are Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. The film reveals the relationship''s beginning and present, putting a contrast in tone and visual appearance.

Cianfrance''s unconventional romantic drama can be seen as a reflection of our most often overlooked traits with traditional romance films. However, Blue Valentines'' greatest strength is in its candid portrayal of an ultimately deviated romance. It''s not a gaze we''re often treated to in cinema, with other examples like 500 Days of Summerand Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mindfew and far between.


Moon is the adaptation of an original story by Duncan Jones, the son of David Bowie, who directed this highly engrossing sci-fi mystery. Sam Bell, who works alongside his computer, is sending parcels back to Earth, containing a resource that has helped reduce the planet''s power difficulties. Towards the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, he has an extremely personal connection that defines his existence.

Moon''s greatest admirable feature is its ability to break into the ever-demanding sci-fi format based on its own merits. It is largely more structured and requires a high budget and showy special effects to reinforce the narrative. Moon can be seen as an independent company that sacked a budget of just $5 million. Shot in Super 35, the film used live-action shooting and model miniatures to create its distinctive visual style.

''''The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent''''

It''s a surprise that this film was never made sooner. Nicolas Cage''s often hyperbolic acting approach has been personified throughout his career and provides the basis for much of the satire in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. Cage, as a fictional character, is caught between Javi Gutierrez (Pedro Pascal) and the CIA.

The film is frantic in pace and mirrors the tone of much of Cage''s work. It''s a fantastic achievement for an actor to be this vulnerable and self-deprecating in a comedy that''s as much a pastiche as it is a homage to his legacy in Hollywood, but then again, that''s what we''ve come to expect. Ultimately, it might have gone even further, pushing the limits to a breaking point as Cage himself would have done.

''''Bottle Rocket'''' (1996)

From a stylistic perspective, Wes Anderson films have now become so popular in film culture that they have arguably become a genre in themselves. The prolific writer/director has long been defied the genre expectation in the comedic industry and usually relies on a rather quirky use of drama to propel the narrative forward. In this regard, choosing just one film to illustrate his use of subversion is a complicated task.

Although Anderson''s debut picture, Bottle Rocket, is perhaps the perfect match. Anderson partnered with Owen Wilson (Who also stars as Dignan) to develop this screenplay about three strangers who attempt to escape a simple raid and flee the box office. Despite the film''s bombing, it was an effective release point for Anderson and was among the ten most popular films of the 1990s.