by Shelt Garner
If you look back over the last few decades on a macro scale, the post-9/11 era in Hollywood has been a collective effort to “fix” that fateful day. Audiences want heroes. They want to see worlds where a superhero could have saved prevented that tragic day.
And, yet, it seems as though now that we’re just a generation away from that fateful day, that it’s at least possible that we’re entering a new era. Now, obviously, there are some economic issues at work that aren’t going to change. But on a creative level, it’s at least possible that we’re one unexpected hit movie away from a Hollywood Renaissance.
For instance, we’re overdue for that one-a-generation romantic comedy that sets the tone for the genre for a decade. Right now, it goes Annie Hall, When Harry Met Sally, The Enternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind and (500) Days of Summer. (Or something like that.)
Maybe Phoebe Waller-Bridge has a new romcom floating around in her mind, waiting to be produced?
Anyway, Hollywood’s fate really rests on the outcome of the 2020 Election, in some respects. If Trump wins, people may simply want to escape to theatres, whenever they happen to open again. Slowly, as people wake up to living in a fascist state, the number of gritty 70s-like dramas may slowly begin to increase as people want some catharsis.
In the extremely unlikely event that Biden wins, I think we’re going to see a new Golden Age of Hollywood comedies because everyone is going to want to laugh and laugh and laugh.
Regardless, because of the side-effects of COVID19 on Hollywood, it’s going to take a few years for things to go back to “normal.”