Although this blog is primarily about the world of elevators as it pertains to mobility accessibility concerns, we also like to have a bit of fun in here as well. Elevators are not just a means of transporting people to areas they may have difficulty getting to – they are also part of our pop culture. Some time ago, we talked about some famous elevator scenes in movies – i.e. Devil, Inception, etc. – and with the summer blockbuster movie season in swing, we figured this is a great time to take a look at some more elevators in pop culture.
Here are just some of our favorites:
Drive – Besides being a divisive film amongst critics and audiences alike, this Ryan Gosling drama really took slow motion kissing to a whole new level. In a super slo-mo elevator scene, a love connection is established between Carey Mulligan and Gosling, right before a pretty nasty punch- and kick-fest. Setting this sequence in an elevator really adds to the all-around tension.
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory – Forget the Johnny Depp remake disaster, we’re talking about the classic film starring Gene Wilder. Although the glass elevator – which takes Charlie and his grandfather up into the sky during the conclusion – played a bigger part in the Roald Dahl books, this remains one of the best scenes in movie history.
The Departed – This Martin Scorcese film really lived up to its name, when – SPOILER ALERT – the majority of its main characters were offed in the final minutes of the movie. The most shocking death of them all was that of Leonardo DiCaprio’s main character, the second a set of elevator doors opened. This one definitely deserved the Oscar.
What are some of your favorite movie scenes in elevators?