Movies That Earned A Standing Ovation In Theaters


There are a million and one different ways
to praise a movie. Attendees of Hollywood premieres and festival
screenings will often stand right up in the theater and cheer as the credits roll. Here are a few movies that earned themselves
a standing ovation when they hit the big screen. Nearly 30 years ago, Spike Lee took the film
world by storm when his uncompromising racial drama Do the Right Thing made its premiere
at the Cannes Film Festival. Since then, the in-your-face director proved
himself as one of cinema’s most gifted, if often divisive, filmmakers by releasing a
steady stream of artistically ambitious and politically-themed movies. In 2018, Lee took Cannes by storm with the
timely, racially-charged BlacKkKlansman, the true story of an African American police officer
who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s. “There’s never been a black cop in this city. We think you might be the man to open things
up around here.” Simply put, BlacKkKlansman is a film that
refuses to be ignored. According to Variety, the usually stuffy Cannes
crowd seemed more than happy to give the film its due, awarding it with a six-minute long
standing ovation, as well as the festival’s Grand Jury Prize. The other flick to get the haughty crowd at
the 2018 Cannes Film Festival to its feet was, of all things, a remake of a horror movie. It helps, of course, that this remake was
directed by Luca Guadagnino, the man behind 2017’s Oscar-winning heartbreaker Call Me
By Your Name. The stylishly demented and utterly brilliant
remake of Suspiria wisely doesn’t stray too far from the original bewitching narrative. “Higher! Higher! Higher! Higher!” But Guadagnino manages to twist the formula
in shocking new directions, and he takes his sweet time in letting this unholy tale unfold. The result is an epic 150 minutes of pure
horror hysterics, and according to Deadline, it brought the Cannes crowd to their feet
for nearly eight full minutes. There was more than a little reason to worry
when Danny McBride and David Gordon Green set out to “reboot” the Halloween franchise. As we learned more about their film, particularly
that it would ignore all of those ill-fated sequels and remakes, our fears began to subside. “Wasn’t it her brother who murdered all those
babysitters?” “No, it was not her brother. That’s something that people made up.” But the odds still seemed stacked against
the new Halloween living up to the original’s legacy. Not officially in competition at the 2018
Toronto International Film Festival, Halloween instead had its premiere at a midnight screening,
playing to an eager crowd of film critics and horror enthusiasts. According to the LA Times, that crowd met
the return of the Boogeyman, and a take-no-prisoners turn from Jamie Lee Curtis, with the expected
amount of glee, giving the film a standing ovation and helping launch it towards a record-breaking
box-office run. While Kristen Stewart became famous with starring
roles in big budget fluff like the Twilight franchise, it’s worth nothing that she built
her career by starring in indie flicks, and continues to shine in the indie world. Personal Shopper, which made its premiere
at the Cannes Film Festival in early 2016, is an eerily muted study of loss and grief
in the guise of a sexy paranormal thriller. Though the film’s initial festival screening
met with a slightly divisive reaction from critics, the official premiere event was quite
a different scene, with Variety reporting that the audience heaped some serious love
on Stewart, in the form of a lengthy standing ovation. After scoring back-to-back hits with the formidable
one-two punch of Creed and Black Panther, Ryan Coogler has proven himself a rare director
capable of making big-budget films that all but demand you stand up and cheer. Neither of those films, however, was his first
project to inspire a standing ovation alongside his go-to actor, Michael B. Jordan. That honor belongs to 2013’s “based-on-true-events”
drama Fruitvale Station. Part slice-of-life drama, and part damning
examination of police brutality, Coogler’s sobering film premiered at the 2013 Sundance
Film Festival, winning the hearts of festival audiences, and a couple of the festival’s
top prizes. Fruitvale Station’s undeniable virtues were
further praised on the international stage when it made its way to the Cannes and, according
to Color Lines, received a rousing standing ovation.

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