Have you ever felt a familiar feeling while watching a movie? Recognizing a scene that is similar or identical to one that has been shown in another film? Anyone who has seen a lot of films can be sure often experience it. This is what is put forward in the approximately one hour Netflix show entitled Attack of the Hollywood Clichés! this.
It’s no secret that film cliches have been something that has endured to this day – and a familiar one – since the beginning of cinema history and up to this very moment. Modern cinema has now been fooled and packaged in such a way that many people have turned to exploring the wider horizon of the big and small screens.
There’s a reason Squid Game, Parasite, and La Casa De Papel aka Money Heist have had such great success in recent years. Of course, there will always be exceptions, but ask yourself when was the last time you walked out of the theater feeling totally challenged by a film? And, it’s not caused by confusion because it doesn’t capture the intent or dialogue of the film you’ve just watched.
Through Attack of the Hollywood Clichés! Today Mark Kermode sheds light on these tropes and cliches in an informative presentation featuring actor and comedian Rob Lowe as host. This presentation also features many prominent film personalities: from critics James King, Anna Bogutskaya, actors Richard E. Grant, Robert Englund, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Glenn Close, Andrew Garfield, to Florence Pugh who share their thoughts on these clichéd scenes. Within 58 minutes, Lowe, film critic and a number of A-listers appeared to list all the stereotype clichés that often appear in the cinematic world.
Attack of the Hollywood Clichés is basically about clichés in Hollywood movies that are as wide as the ocean and as deep as a puddle. Some of them are the clichéd ‘cute eccentric’ boy-meets-girl, the maverick cop who at some point has to give up his badge and gun but still complete the task that burdens him. Then there is also the subject known as the Hays Code and how does it affect the portrayal of sex on screen? Why are the Bury Your Gays scenes (where gay characters have to die for the sake of the storyline) so enduring, even in modern times? Did you know 40% of the Oscar-nominated LGTBQ characters die before the end of the film? That is interesting.
From conventional plot beats to big dramatic endings, there are different kinds of clichés picked up in every film genre. The only problem is, an hour feels like not enough time to really dive into these, discuss their origins and add some really funny jokes.
As a major spearhead, Rob Lowe does well in narrative duties, and does have some good dialogue, but beyond that the specials aren’t enough to really stand out. But the big question here is who is the main target of this dish. Who is this really special for? Attack of the Hollywood Clichés is too cynical to be a live comedy, and too simplistic for anyone who has seen more than a thousand films. Even so, for those who are interested in matters related to the intricacies of film anatomy, especially those related to the storytelling plot, Attack of the Hollywood Clichés is a light informative spectacle that is quite entertaining.
Attack of the Hollywood Clichés! can be watched streaming on Netflix