I dont think anyones really worried that audiences might confuse a sandwich with a film about the joyeux bordel stream complet birth of civilisation.
There are as many definitions of epic as there are film critics to come up with them, so I hesitate to try to offer a complete definition of my own.
The recent boom of ancient-world epics can certainly be traced back to Ridley Scotts Gladiator (2000).
That would be the obvious point, since thats the period that gave us some of the most memorable and classic epic films, like Spartacus (1960 Cleopatra (1963) and The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964).Usually, because of the great crowds involved, this means that there is some sense of being caught up in the great moments of history: when a characters actions affect an entire nation or civilisation, then its an epic.So far this year, 300: Rise Of An Empire and Darren Aronofskys Noah have been released, and we can look forward to Hercules, starring Dwayne Johnson, and Ridley Scotts Exodus, featuring Christian Bale as Moses.I wonder how much the latest resurgence has to do with computer-generated imagery (CGI which makes it a lot easier to put ancient sexkontakte heidenheim vistas onscreen than it used.THE epic film is back.We tend to think of the 1950s and 1960s as the heyday of the epic film.Despite the good guys.Bad guys rhetoric of the Bush/Blair era, the 21st century cannot simply be read as black and white, so perhaps the superhero and the epic are ways of exploring those themes in a kind of collective fantasy.A year or so ago I caught a TV quiz called, I think, Epic Win, which tried to cash in on the catchphrase by shouting out epic win or epic fail with every right or wrong answer.Do you think epic is still a useful term now that commenters describe a sandwich as epic and a mistake as an epic fail?So rather than describing The Dark Knight Rises as an epic (though it certainly has epic qualities Id be more inclined to see the superhero film as fulfilling the same function as the epic.So perhaps the new boom is a delayed response to that.That they both came back to prominence at the same time may well indicate a degree of uncertainty in an era in which the line between good and evil is rather permeable.In any case, in as much as this use of epic is borrowing from the cinematic use of it, I think its perfectly normal as an evolution of language.I think there are a number of reasons.Andersons Pompeii erupting in British cinemas, it seems that Hollywood is once again obsessed by spectacular reconstructions of the ancient or mythical past, where muscle-bound men perform heroic deeds while wearing loincloths and sandals.Despite the enthusiastic reception of The Robe (1953 Quo Vadis (1951) and Samson and Delilah (1949 it was almost a decade before we would see the great (and costly) epics we now remember as iconic, like Ben-Hur (1959 Spartacus (1960 El Cid (1961) and Cleopatra.When the grown-ups start using young peoples catchphrases, like chillax, cool or wicked, its usually a sign dublin bordell that the expression will rapidly fall out of favour).
For example, Ben-Hur looking for his family is not epic, but taking on the might of Rome on behalf of Judah.