People got rather excited and annoyed when legendary director Martin Scorsese criticised Marvel movies likening them to ‘theme parks’ as opposed to actual cinema.
His comments, which were published in Empire Magazine, got people rather upset, but if you look at it from his point of view, then his remarks start to make more sense.
The director recently doubled down on his criticism of Marvel movies during a press conference in which he was discussing his new film, The Irishman.
The director was asked to clarify his comments during the press conference, which took place at the British Film Institute (BFI) in London.
His comments were pretty much identical to what he said during his interview with Empire Magazine, yet he went a bit future.
🗣️”Allow theatres to show films that are narrative films.” pic.twitter.com/Zz19pk0dmZ
— BFI (@BFI) October 13, 2019
“The value of a film that’s like a theme park film, for example, the Marvel type pictures where the theatres become amusement parks, that’s a different experience,” he said.
“As I was saying earlier, it’s not cinema, it’s something else. Whether you go for that or not, it is something else and we shouldn’t be invaded by it.
“And so that’s a big issue, and we need the theatre owners to step up for that to allow theatres to show films that are narrative films.”
Naturally, Scorsese’s comments won’t be greeted very positively by many comic book movie fans, especially after the release of Joker which was heavily inspired by Scorsese’s film, The King Of Comedy.
It’s highly likely that Scorsese hasn’t seen Joker yet. He was briefly attached to the movie as an executive producer, yet it was quickly taken away.
Personally, I do see where Scorsese is coming from. There are a lot of comic book movies nowadays, yet there are also films being made in the genre which I believe really are exploring different and interesting genres and areas of cinema.
Take the likes of Joker and Logan. Both movies are playing around with different genres, ones which comic book movies haven’t explored before.
Then you have the likes of Black Panther which is a very important movie in its own right, and one which will hopefully change the genre forever.
There’s still no word yet on which Marvel movie Martin tried to watch, yet it’s a bit difficult to judge a whole movie genre after having just seen one film.
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