There is no business like show business, and there is no industry like the movie industry. Just think about it. Every Friday night, thousands of people rather stay at home to watch a flick on a streaming service than get all dressed up and go clubbing. Watching movies is one of the cheapest forms of entertainment. But how do movies shape the world we live in, and do they have any effect at all?
If you have ever seen Casino with Robert De Niro, you have probably wondered what it’s like to play at a Vegas casino, or at least at reputable sites like Amazon Slots UK. After watching Shall We Dance? You have probably wanted to take some tango classes, hoping to meet a cute dance instructor.
And should we even dip our toes into the Lego Movie? This 100-minute-long toy commercial convinced kids and adults alike to go back to building bricks. Oh, it also rocketed sales by 25%. Pretty impressive for a movie about plastic figurines.
Films make us try new things, see ourselves in a different light, experience romances, and be kids once again, without taking huge risks. True, many will forget about their piano lesson sooner than later, but many will be inspired by movies to try and buy new things.
Truth be told, movies are not, nor should they be, a reliable source of information. Unless you are watching a documentary by Dame Mary Beard, the chances are movie producers didn’t get things quite right, at least when it comes to movies about Ancient Rome. Even so, films can be a good starting point to feel the spark and conduct some research on your own.
It goes without saying that movies also find unique and interesting historical characters and provide them with a chance to shine. Movies like Big Eyes, Imitation Game, 12 Years a Slave, and Schindler’s List, help some deserving, yet not widely recognized, figures step into the spotlight.
If you want to see a generational shift, you better go and see a movie. Just a short time ago, watching superhero movies such as Marvel’s Spider-Man was something reserved for teens and nerds who live in their mothers’ basements. Now, men who wear briefs over their pantyhose are all over the place and attract massive adult audiences.
And it is not all about comic books, either. We see more and more movies with female leading roles, produced and directed by women. We witness people of colour transitioning from the trusty sidekick to the person in charge. It is also impossible to miss that there are also movies that target older age groups. Movies are no longer white, pretty and blonde, nor are they always wearing that signature California smile. They can be all the colours of the rainbow, just like the world around us.
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