In regards to film, 2010 will probably be noted for a great many things: the increased use of that seemingly indestructible cinematic gimmick, 3D; the continuing decline in RomCom quality; the sudden increase in worthwhile CG family films (outside of the Pixar imprint); further proof that Christopher Nolan is a mainstream auteur worth paying attention to; the lack - at least as of this date - of serious end of the year awards season contenders. A few months ago, we scoffed at the suggestion that 2010 was one of the worst years ever for film, from the lack of compelling summer blockbusters to the dearth of definite Oscar fodder. But there is actually a better description of this unusual 12 months. If it goes down as anything, 2010 will be seen as the year of the misunderstood movie, an artistic anomaly which saw at least four fine films fall by the commercial wayside.
Now, cash is never an accurate measure of quality, and in at least one instance we will discuss, there was never a question of the title’s true box office viability. It really wasn’t made for such shilling. But the others were, and in that regard, what is shockingly clear is that films made for and marketed to a supposedly solid demographic came and went without much financial fanfare. While nothing in this crazy business called show is certain, it’s hard to imagine that a rock ‘em, sock ‘em crowd-pleasing actioner, a reinvented post-modern RomCom, a moody and atmospheric horror film, and a subtle, sophisticated science fiction effort would all disappoint come bottom line time.