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"The Narrative Coherence Of The Blockbuster Is Often Said To Have Been Undermined By An Emphasis On The Provision Of Over Powering Spectacle"

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With the emergence of the Hollywood Blockbuster movie some people fear that the narrative is being ignored and the spectacle and special effects of the film are being considered the more important.

According to Buckland "narrative complexity is sacrificed on the altar of spectacle"

It is suggested that in a blockbuster film the narrative becomes thinner, the characters end up being one dimensional and stereotypical and the action is based around loosely linked sequences built around spectacular stunts, stars and special effects.

This is not necessarily true. The plot in a blockbuster may not be complex or challenging but it is not automatically absent from the film just because it has a lot of special effects in it.

The narrative integrity of the old classical Hollywood films is a thing of the past. There is a new kind of narrative which has been created through the use of special effects and action.

In order for a Hollywood film to make a lot of money it needs to be successful overseas as well as in the United States. This is done by making something that will transcend cultural differences. Hollywood studios will make a formulaic blockbuster which is full of spectacle which will be watched the same way all over the world. They will usually include a big star who is easily recognizable.

Blockbusters are concerned with creating an artificial real world that will get the viewers attention, The effects allow the viewer to get more into the film and into the diegetic world being shown on screen if they are realistic enough.

Blockbuster films are sold on their special effects rather than on their plot. People go to see blockbusters

Concerns over the loss of narrative integrity have been discussed during many different periods as Hollywood moves away from the traditional way of classical Hollywood. It is not just with the move to new blockbusters.

Bazin was unhappy by the baroque style of cinema which would mark the end of classical cinema making and Manny Farber claims that directors like Howard Hawks had been pushed toward big budget spectacle rather than his preferred style of filmmaking meaning the narrative in his films were to suffer.

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