: I've come to rescue you from this turgid drama. No one wants to see old people kissing at this time of year
: YOUNG PEOPLE GETTING BLOWN UP!!
The big budget movies during the summer. You know the ones.
The summer blockbuster is generally categorized by: being heavily advertised well over a year before its premiere, an immense budget by whatever major film studio is producing it, often-times a well-known cast of actors or production crew (with some degree of variance), the prevalence of sequels (Star Wars
in particular started the oft-bemoaned tradition of standing in line dressed like someone who hasn't been laid in 10 years, also known as a Wookiee), and an overall emphasis on BIG
. Big Budget, Big Stars, Big Effects, and (so the studio prays) Big Profits.
The modern summer blockbuster began primarily with three movies: Jaws, Star Wars,
and Raiders of the Lost Ark
(the Trope Maker
, and Codifier
, respectively) and continued on from there, opening up space for films that previously would have been considered too risky or expensive to make: the first Terminator
movie, Back to the Future, ET The Extra Terrestrial,
and so on. Because the good ones do, in fact, yield Big Bucks
, people continue to make them today.
Summer blockbusters are often (or are often thought to be
) at odds with critics because as a general rule they emphasize flash over substance.
Compare and contrast B-Movie
, Dump Months
, Le Film Artistique
, Oscar Bait
and Epic Movie
(which is usually a high-minded, sprawling drama rather than an action or fantasy flick). Not to be confused with The Mockbuster
, no matter how hard studios like The Asylum try. This type of film came of age mainly during (of course) the Blockbuster Age of Hollywood