Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

In 2010, Big Star-Driven Movies Ruled as the Recession Pushed Studios to Play It Safe

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

In 2010, Big Star-Driven Movies Ruled as the Recession Pushed Studios to Play It Safe

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Studios took few chances with offbeat subjects and fresh talent, opting largely for recycled goods and franchises.

The movies of 2010 will likely be looked back on as recession- era

specials. The global financial meltdown sent a chill up and down the

Hollywood backbone - never the sturdiest of spines to begin with.

While budgets for big, star-driven movies continued their insane

ascent into the stratosphere, the studios, in an equally

self-defeating move, took fewer chances with offbeat subjects and

fresh talent. More so than ever, recycled goods and franchises have

become the order of the day.

American culture typically celebrates the winner, the captain of

industry, the underdog, the success. But the meltdown has thrown all

that into stark relief. With most avenues for heroism closed off,

this year's one true-blue movie hero turned out to be - a horse.

Secretariat, all win all the time, giddyaps to glory.

The entrepreneur - that old standby American success story - is

most often portrayed now as hopelessly conflicted: a prince and a

demon both. The "Mark Zuckerberg" of "The Social Network," the

soulless nerd as capitalist visionary, is streaming in the same

continuum as Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark in "Iron Man 2," another

techno-seer who comes across as an extension of his technocracy.

Zuckerberg does Stark one better: His ego and alter ego have melded.

(By the way, does the over-the-top critical response to "The Social

Network," a pretty good but far from great film, have anything to do

with the fact that so many journalists, critics, and opinionmakers

spend so much of their time staring into computer screens? These

pundits feel flattered by "The Social Network.")

"The Social Network," and not "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,"

turned out to be the zeitgeist movie of 2010. After what most of us

have been through, who wants to observe the fictional Gordon Gekko

wheeling and dealing and damaging his way back up the ladder? …

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