The Nineties was dominated with actors/actresses like Julia Roberts and Will Smith and films like Pulp Fiction, Jurassic Park and Titanic. Episode two of this six-part series covers the Hollywood in the 90s. If a film was on the radar during this decade it is discussed here. A definite must for film buffs.
As you watch you begin to realize that the decade was a time of wide varying styles and types of films hitting the mark with audiences. You get a smattering of big budget films (Titanic, The Matrix, Saving Private Ryan, Bad Boys) comedies (There’s Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Happy Gilmore), indie films (The Usual Suspects, Rushmore, The Blair Witch Project, The Piano), cult favourites (The Big Lebowski, Pulp Fiction, Fargo, The Virgin Suicides), British films (The English Patient, Notting Hill, Four Weddings & a Funeral), Trainspotting), and animated films (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Toy Story, The Lion King). It also brought us stars who exploded onto the scene like Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, Jim Carrey, Will Smith, and Meg Ryan. In other words there was loads of variety so something for everyone.
The producers, Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Mark Herzog, had already brought to us a series called The Decades to great success. They stick to that winning formula here. We see how the films of the decade reflect the cultural, political and societal shifts which were occurring at this time. We see that films do play a part in the shifting human culture. All this is driven home with the use of archival footage from the films as well as interviews with directors, actors/actresses, producers, and film historians.
It is really something to see all the films of the decade put together over the course of the two hours of the episode. Nostalgia will reign for those who are old enough to have lived through the 90s and seen many of the films. Will also appeal to younger film fans as it serves as a nice introduction to the ten year span in film history.