I believe we are in a hollywood era of realism, complete with gritty plots, with really dark and violent content. However I also argue that we are in an era of Hollywood known as "The Dry Spell." I say this because the amount of sequels and remakes that have been released since 2008 has been almost shameful. It might of been well made, it might have had a cool plot. But it wasn't anything new. It was something that had been done before. Just between then and now, we had a Boondock Saints sequel, two Saw sequels, a remake of Nightmare on Elm Street, a Halloween remake (plus a sequel to that released two years later) I could go on but the list is too long.
But even with the remakes, there is a much darker element about them. For instance the Halloween remake. Now we are familiar with Michael Myers, but we never knew his backstory before 2008. In this version, we show Michael as an 11 year old sociopath who lives with his abusive white trash family. One day he just snaps and kills his family. Now, we were familiar with a small part of this backstory. But I don't think anyone was expecting something this dark. Same with Nightmare on Elm Street. Nolan's Batman movies, and pretty much anything that isn't a kids movie is really dark or gritty in some way or another. I think its just a period of realistic thinking actually. People are throwing a realistic human struggle in their films which i personally love.
I think the power in film lies in honesty. Back ten or twenty years ago, it was all about a hero who went the distance, and always followed a strict moral code. I prefer this side of the Hollywood eras. These are movies that don't show your typical "Oh just pick yourself up and try again."These movies show that sometimes it's ok to stay down, and that sometimes things don't always turn out the way the hero wanted. That's life. So in this day and age, even though the remakes got a little out of control, todays modern movies are very dark, realistic and powerful. Power is how we influence and inspire. Isn't that kind of the point of being an artist? I do believe it is.