| Samantha Mah | email@example.com | January 28, 2020 |
In recent years, Hollywood has seen more diversity than ever before, with inclusivity towards race, the LGBTQ+ community, and women. In addition, box office records have been ousted year after year. This is The Dragon’s list of the most impactful movies of the past decade. The following movies not only cover a range of different genres but have also received positive critic reviews and Rotten Tomato scores.
Disney’s animated film “Coco” is the first movie to have an all-Latino cast as well as a nine-figure budget at 175 million dollars. In addition, it showcased the beauty of Mexican culture and discussed death in a different light.
“Moonlight” became the first film to have an all-Black cast. It also won an Oscar for Best Picture, making it the only film about an LGBTQ+ character to win an award of such prestige.
However, “Moonlight” wasn’t the only riveting movie to feature an LGBTQ+ character. “Carol,” a drama and romance film, was released in 2015. It received over two hundred industry and critic nominations and over ninety awards and accolades. It won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography as well as being the best-reviewed film of 2015 on Metacritic.
Besides increased LGBTQ+ characters, there has been a rise in leading female protagonists a well. According to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, 40% of the highest-grossing films in the US from 2019 contained a lead female character.
Disney’s “Frozen” shocked audiences by straying away from the typical “damsel in distress” trope. “Frozen” is now the third highest-grossing animated film with a worldwide gross at 1.276 billion dollars. Its successor, “Frozen 2,” is the second-highest-grossing animated film at 1.328 billion dollars. Coming in first is “The Lion King” at 1.657 billion dollars.
Disney dominated the filmmaking industry this past decade, starting with the purchase of Lucasfilm on October 30, 2012, in addition to their ownership of Pixar and Marvel. Disney and its franchises have released six out of eight of the highest-grossing films in 2019 alone. With its release in the last year of the decade, “Avengers: Endgame” is the highest-grossing film ever at 2.797 billion dollars. Its predecessor, “Avengers: Infinity War,” placed fifth at 2.048 billion dollars. The only other film released this decade in the top five highest-grossing films is “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at 2.068 billion dollars, which was another Disney release.
In the indie film industry, “Boyhood” did something unheard of: the same cast was filmed every year for twelve years. This wasn’t the only unconventional thing about “Boyhood:” Director Richard Linklater wrote the script during production. Each year, he would incorporate changes that he saw in the cast. Linklater also allowed major actors to include their life experiences into their characters’ stories.
Another indie film regarding adolescence is “Eighth Grade.” It follows the last week of middle school in the eyes of a socially awkward girl, Kayla. The film received 99% Rotten Tomatoes and was praised for its non-romanticized outlook.
Some of the most talked-about movies of the decade also received incredible Rotten Tomato scores such as “Get Out,” “Parasite,” and “Lady Bird.”
A thriller/mystery film, “Get Out” received 98% on Rotten Tomatoes and successfully merged both horror and one’s experience with racism.
“Parasite,” a drama/mystery, has a whopping 99% Rotten Tomatoes score. “Parasite” is a Korean film by acclaimed Director Bong Joon-ho that according to one critic review “blends a con-man story with a tale of suspense, to uproarious and enlightening effect.”
“Lady Bird” impressed critics just as much as “Parasite” with a 99% rotten tomatoes score. It’s known for its lovable mother-daughter relationship between Marion McPherson (Laurie Metcalf) and Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan).
The strides that the filmmaking industry has made in the 2010s leaves an impression of high hopes for the next decade.