19 February 2013

It's All Been Done Before


Originality is often bemoaned to be lacking in modern cinema. Sequels and adaptations lie in waiting every weekend. Yet with all of the complaints about there not being anything new in film anymore, take faith that this is not a new problem. Hollywood has always put out movies that are a little too similar to other movies.

Familiar plots collide at least twice in any given year. In 2006 three films about magicians all saw the screen: The Prestige, The Illusionist and released to less fanfare, Scoop.

2013 is shaping up to repeat that again with The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Now You See Me. Prestidigitation just keeps popping up lately. If something as obscure as magic manages to appear that often how could any unused plots be mined out of Hollywood?

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