Great Job, Internet!: Should we care if movies are realistic?

Inspired by a number of YouTube comments saying that the muted color pallet Marvel Studios uses gives their films a more realistic feel, Patrick Willems decided to make a video analyzing what exactly we mean when we talk about realism in films and, perhaps more importantly, whether or not we should actually care if a film is realistic.

The discussion of film realism dates back to the 1940s, when German film theorist Siegfried Kracauer drew a line between the two extreme approaches to filmmaking: realism and formalism. Adhering to realism, as one would suspect, means trying to make the look of the film resemble real life as much as possible. If you’re a realist, you don’t want the audience to be constantly reminded they’re watching a movie so you use extended cuts and real life settings. Formalism, on the other hand, is highly stylized, like a musical …

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