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What makes a great Hollywood movie
The Godfather 1972
What makes a great Movie?
I see so many bad movies every year so that when I see a great one, its a real surprise and a number of weeks ago this happened with the movie "The Imitation Game". This movie was great because it told a great story in history that nobody really knows about and considering the importance of what the main character did in this story Alan Turing who saved England from Germany by breaking their code in World War 2, this story should be known by everyone in the world.
On top of this, due to the genius of Alan Turning's code breaking invention he is considered the first inventor of a modern day computer. I was rather ashamed that I never knew this, being retired from the software development field myself for about 2 years now. The story was told perfectly and I really enjoyed the science involved and the trials and tribulations of struggling with something this important for the War effort for over 2 years until finally the solution to the problem was finally achieved. What really got me about this movie was the revelation of how horrible England treated this great hero after the war because he was gay which lead to his suicide at only age 42.
Other important ingredients of a great Hollywood movie is the element of surprise and to show the audience something they have never seen before. This is a rare thing to see and I would say that the entire concept of the Matrix movies, which came out 10-15 years ago were surprising and showed the audience some things and new ideas that never have been seen before.
So the secret to a great movie is very simply a great story and script first and then great actors and a great director. The "Imitation Game" had all these ingredients and many more and was one of the best movies I have ever seen. The Matrix trilogy broke new ground for an action movie and introduced new ideas and concepts that have never been seen before. Unfortunately movies like this are very few and far between.