I was lucky growing up. Born in the mid-70’s, all the best children and family films were enjoyed by my generation. These films have become part of pop culture and are still much loved today.
For me, one name is synonymous with my childhood: Spielberg. My generation grew up with Steven Spielberg’s movies. Without sounding too much like Dawson Leary, Spielberg’s films have a magic that other directors don’t have. I think the closest directors in creating Spielbergian magic these days would be JJ Abrams and M Night Shymalan, the latter with Signs in particular.
Certain scenes in his movies really stand out for me; in Jaws, the mother of the little boy (killed by the shark) walks up to Brody and slaps him, Brody seeing the shark…..the opening scene of Raiders and Indy shooting the assassin in the market…..in ET it’s the scene with the bicycles and the goodbye….in Empire of the Sun it’s the scene with Jim and his Mother in the crowd…..there are too many moments to name, but I remember them all.
Some are dismissive of his work for this very reason, but how can you dismiss a director who made Empire of the Sun, War Horse, Lincoln and Schindler’s List? Every Spielberg film has at least one truly beautiful moment. The light, the music (by the amazing John Williams), the emotion…..Spielberg is like a magician, turning scenes into iconic cinematic moments.
Spielberg has also written and/or been executive producer of other childhood favourites such as, The Goonies, Gremlins and Back to the Future. One talented guy.
More recently Steven Spielberg directed the wonderful ‘The Adventures of Tintin’. My 5 year old loved it. It is so good that after 10 minutes, you forget it’s animated.
I always feel Steven Spielberg underrates himself as a director in interviews. Being humble is a very good quality, but if I ever had the chance to tell him, I would tell him how beautiful and inspiring his films have been and how he is still inspiring the next generation of children (my son). I hope he keeps on making wonderful films.
“I interpret my dreams one way and make a movie out of them and people see my movies and make them part of their dreams” Steven Spielberg