In recent years, the British have been quite successful at the Oscars and the film industry in general. The King’s speech is another perfect success of the British ability to tell a good, captivating and well articulated story – which the audience finds gripping.
Slum dog millionaire is another example. It seems British film industry has an uncanny ability to bring a gentle human touch to movies, making the characters be able to relate to the audience. Making them seem more real, so to speak. Which is quite rare in contemporary movie making.
Personally, I find Hollywood blockbusters to be rather repetitive, predictable and extremely lumpen. Storyline, adequate plot and continuity are lacking in most and the use of 3D is execrable. Certain CGI sequences are painful on the eye. I tend to avoid any motion picture which has been hyped up by the Hollywood elite – I find myself disappointed and cheated in majority of the cases. That’s why success from non-American and low budget foreign films please me greatly.
Finally, I’m happy to see Christian Bale getting recognised by the Academy. Arguably the most underrated actor of our times, mainly due to his refusal to accept the ways of Hollywood.