Movies and their Impact on Culture

Whether it’s the famous John Travolta swagger and fashionable style in Saturday Night fever, or Anakin Skywalker’s dark descent into evil, movies have never failed to make a notable mark upon popular culture. This is the same for timeless phrases such as “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse” from The Godfather and “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” from Gone With the Wind. Forever etched into generations of people that grew up watching these films and continue to watch them again and again.

Movies are one of the most versatile entertainment mediums, offering a way to showcase unique worlds and deep storytelling limited only by imagination and the resources available. They have a massive impact on the general mentality of people as the characters, dialogue, or meaning behind a movie can affect people subconsciously. Often movies also have social commentary or a grim reflection of society that holds up a black mirror to reality. These reflections on society can be worked upon to improve the problems plaguing people and act as a means of social awareness. Movies can be a massive source of inspiration for the masses.

Films can also be a bonding moment between friends and families or even strangers. Someone might strike up a conversation with a random stranger, and if they both happen to have the same taste in movies it could be the start of a beautiful friendship. Hence, films can act as a great catalyst for budding relationships. There are also vibrant film communities around the world, both big and small. It’s a way for people to talk about their favorite films and explore new avenues in the medium.

Films not only provide a means for creative expression but are also huge commercial products in the modern world. With the most popular franchises and movies raking in copious amounts of money each year, it shows the general interest that people have in these movies. The film industry is home to countless talented individuals that are able to live off enriching other people’s lives through this magical digital medium.