Bringing us such classics as The Goonies, Gremlins, and launching the Harry Potter universe by directing the first two films, Chris Columbus is no stranger to pleasing the hearts and minds of moviegoers. The writer and director recently spoke with metro.us, and explained why he thinks the films he makes stand the test of time.
“That was the goal on the films that have worked and have stood the test of time.” He told the outlet. “There was definitely an intention to make them timeless. Even when we were making Home Alone I was saying to the crew, ‘I hope when people are watching this on TV in 30 years that this still feels fresh.’ You are a product of the time you shoot the movie, so there are a few things that give away what year it was. But there is a timeless quality, which starts with the story, which you know has an emotional connection to the audience that you know will continue through generations. But then there is production design, visual design, and making sure that it is appealing. There is a certain appeal to those films that helps to retain a certain freshness. ”
Sure, even timeless films can have their year pinpointed, hairstyles, clothing, etc, but it is the story itself, the feeling the film gives a person that can create that wonderful feeling of timelessness. Though it can be subjective to the individual, nostalgia has a huge part to play in this phenomenon. For me, The Goonies and Gremlins are both timeless films because I grew up watching them, they take me back to the 80s where my introduction into film began.
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