Genre: The “Genus” of the Movie

This week we will be entering the sturdy of Movie Genre. According to the reading genre has been around for much longer than film, but it’s purposes are just as relevant to telling an audience what to expect from a piece of media. I find it interesting that as Films began to adopt a sense of genre it became a medium for the formation of studios who specialized in making certain types of movies. Since the Post-war era, movies became more and more popular allowing the multiple Genres to be created and explored.

The week before the midterm introduced us to narrative films, films made for the sole purpose of complex storytelling. Within the realm of genre, it can be said that there are more than just the six types mentioned in this weeks reading. However, the reading only focuses on comedy, western, melodrama, musical, horror, and crime. Why would that be? Is it because there isn’t enough realism in other genre’s to be considered or is it simply to limit the number of talking points in the chapter. In addition, can a sub-genre be considered as its own genre. For example, should a romantic-comedy like Yes Man (2008) or a sci-fi western like Cowboys & Aliens (2011) be considered their own brand of movie or just two concepts put into one.

In terms of this week’s feature, what kind of movie are “super-hero” films considered as. Before even seeing a movie about [insert superhero] we know them by the comic they are introduced in. Comics, especially those about Batman, were about solving/stopping crime. As comics gained popularity, the concept of the “super-villain” was introduced, comics began to change genres to a more “action” or “sci-fi” type stories. Do you think modern action movies are on par, as far as official classification, with the other genres mentioned? Is The Dark Knight (2008) a “realistic vision” of comic book crime as quoted by Christopher Nolan, or is it just another high budget superhero movie?


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