Some may say his movies are over-hyped, but I just don't care. The world of movies owe a thank you to the directorial dynasty of films that Steven Spielberg created. One of the great movie makers of our generation, Spielberg has made and produced films spanning limitless themes and genres. From your basic sci-fi and adventure flicks, to Oscar winning historical films, Mr. Spielberg has nearly tackled it all.
Because the man does take on so many projects, he doesn't always meet success in everything. But by looking at the sheer number of timeless classics he produced, regardless of your opinion of them, you cannot deny their importance or significance. As a kid he was always my favorite director, and I had always dreamed of making or working on so many cool movies like he had done. While that is shockingly unlikely to happen, I can still always admire and enjoy the hard work he continues to do. And so with the release of his latest, Lincoln, I felt now was the time to fixate on this historic movie director.
Spielberg debuted as a director in 1974 with The Sugarland Express, a true story film about a husband and wife on the run from the law starring Goldie Hawn. The film was received quite well, with praise for the director's keen eye, but made little money at the box office. He was however given another debated chance by taking the helm of Jaws, which if you've read my Fixer Favorite on it, know how well he handled that film. Heck, even if you didn't, I'm pretty sure you're aware of Jaws's success, so that's all that needs to be said. With that triumph came a multitude of opportunities for Steven, and only a short two years later another classic, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, was made. Spielberg now had three films under his belt after just three years of directing, two of which would become cinematic classics.
And that is the thing about Spielberg; he makes memorable moments. Let me name just a couple of Spielberg films and see if anything comes to mind: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Schindler's List, Amistad, Saving Private Ryan; all Spielberg films. Say what you will about the man, but when you are behind that many successful films, you're good.
The many faces of Steven Spielberg
While Spielberg may be known for his sharks, dinos, aliens, and 1930's adventure heroes, he has found more modern success with films like Catch Me If You Can, a film about a nineteen year old that pulls off a series of heists worth millions of dollars by posing as an airplane pilot. With a stellar cast including Leonardo Dicaprio, Christopher Walken, Amy Adams, and Martin Sheen, it was an enjoyable hit. Spielberg would return to Tom Hanks for the lead of his 2004 drama-comedy The Terminal. A film that may be simple, predictable, and perhaps a little weak, but overall a charming film that let Spielberg spend some more time working on smaller, more personal projects. It was about character over anything else, and if there is one thing to appreciate about films like the aforementioned ones, it's their sense of character.
There are countless ways to pick apart Spielberg in both good and bad ways, and a lot of times that's the case for a lot of Hollywood's best (especially when you put you're name on everything). But in my opinion he's done so much good that his mistakes don't mean much compared to the good. On top of all he's done for movies, he created my long loved video-game franchise Medal Of Honor, which had just as much success as a video game as his historical war pieces did as movies. It just shows that when Spielberg makes something in his niche, he does it like no other. Outside of that, yes, he's not perfect, but you can let his iconic works do the talking. After War Horse, I admittedly started to think he lost his touch in recent days, but so far, it looks like I'm going to eat my words with Lincoln. From what I've seen and heard so far, we may be looking at another Oscar win. Here's hoping for a hit.
And so that brings us to the end of my spiel. Now go on and revisit some memorable movie moments, courtesy of Steven.