g movie trailers to see that reboots are dominating. Reboots are simply new versions of classic movies or shows. These reboots are being driven by nostalgia for those stories.
Personally, I think it’s getting a little out of hand. Some reboots are welcome, but it feels like the market is getting oversaturated. Disney is really diving into the reboots with their live-action remakes of “The Lion King,” “Aladdin,” and “Beauty and the Beast.” I enjoyed the live-action “Beauty and the Beast” but I’m not sure if I want to see the others.
The animated versions are classics and I’m not sure I want my view of those films to be ruined. I also feel like, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” Besides the nostalgia for those movies and shows, I think another reason for reboots is to introduce those characters and stories to new generations. In addition to reboots, biopics, documentaries and other movies inspired by the past, they seem to be popping up everywhere. One of my favorite recent movies is “Bohemian Rhapsody.” It’s a biopic based on the legendary band “Queen.”
To be honest, I really didn’t know anything about the band before I saw the movie. I had heard some of their songs and I had heard about their lead singer Freddie Mercury. It was really interesting to learn about how they came together as a band and to learn more about they songs they wrote and sang.
I found myself surprised to learn about some of the songs I had no idea they wrote and sang. On Sunday, I went to see “Rocketman” with a couple friends of mine.
“Rocketman” is an epic musical fantasy about the human story of Sir Elton John’s formative years. It was a little different than “Bohemian Rhapsody” because Elton John’s character wasn’t the only one that sang. Just like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” as the movie went along, I learned about songs that I had no idea Elton John sang and wrote.
His writing process and writing partner was really interesting to see the talent they both have. I also really only associated Elton John with “Crocodile Rock” and “The Lion King” soundtrack so it was really interesting to learn more about him.
This year there will be more “blast from the past” inspired movies on the way. Actually at the “Rocketman” showing, trailers for “Yesterday” and “Blinded by the Light” were shown. “Yesterday” is about a man who appears to be the only one that knows songs by the “The Beatles.”
“Blinded by the Light” is about a British kid of Pakistani descent that finds inspiration in the music of Bruce Springsteen. I know who “The Beatles” are, but not really Bruce. For people like me and younger, these films are some of the first real experiences we have with those artists.
We weren’t around during their primes so unless we’ve had influences that have exposed us to those artists, our experiences with them are limited. Since watching “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Rocketman”, many “Queen” songs and several of Elton John’s song have been making their way to my playlists.
If any of those artists are your favorites, I encourage you to share it with the youngsters in your life.
You’d be surprised they may enjoy them too.