Hollywood's New Obsession: Intertextuality - A Video Essay

Here's another insightful essay by Nerdwriter, and this one tackles Hollywood's trend these days: intertextuality. The intertextual, as defined by the video, are "objects, people or situations explicitly meant to trigger an emotional response". A lot of reboots, remakes, and adaptations of games, comic books, and novels often do this, and it's not exactly a huge revelation, but this video reminds us how big blockbusters like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Hobbit trilogy use intertextual references to evoke emotional responses within us. And we're probably going to see a lot of intertextual references in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and other films being released this year like Independence Day: Resurgence, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Star Trek Beyond

Intertextual references are fine as long as they are used well within the context of the film's story, but when they don't mean much to the story, and was just included as fan service, then there's just no point of it being there. Watch this video essay: 


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