It’s long, it’s dirty and ultimately victorious. It’s the EPIC. Think Lawrence of Arabia, War and Peace, Titanic, and of course Gone with the Wind. What makes an epic? According to my friend, wikipedia.com, “An epic is a genre of film that emphasizes human drama on a grand scale.”

It is often historical and has loads of death and destruction. These movies are usually out of this world expensive and filmed in exotic locations. They are long in length and cover a large chunk of history, because, frankly, they can! Cos they’re LONG!

You’ve got the war epic, the love disaster epic and the natural disaster epic. Men generally LOVE the war epic. Band of Brothers and The Pacific are a new type of war epic. They are REALLY long, lasting many weeks and many more arduous battles. No more blood, bombs or flying limbs PLEASE!

The romantic epic is often taking place in a major disaster (Titanic, Doctor Zhivago). The stress on these poor lovers to find each other in the midst of terrible suffering is heartbreaking. The hero is usually lost or drowning or in trouble with the law or on some noble adventure. You really have to brace yourself to take on these films.

Then there is the religious epic. Oh Ten Commandments, The Passion of the Christ and Ben Hur – were all massive undertakings. The seriousness of them, the costumes, the languages that were tackled were gutsy and impressive.

But the epic of all time would have to be the six Star Wars films. I don’t think anyone knew what was being created here when it was first released in 1977. Now, 32 years later it is still a huge deal. My five year old son knows all the movies better than I do. Wow. A series of films spanning three or more generations is a true epic.

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