Following the controversial comments made by legendary director Martin Scorsese that lit the internet on fire, Dashran Yohan and Jin Soh sit down to discuss if Marvel movies, or comic book movies in general, are ruining cinema?
We breakdown if Scorsese’s comments are fair and also why comic book movies shouldn’t be considered a genre but a form.
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About a month ago, Martin Scorsese (The Goodfellas, Raging Bull) claimed that Marvel movies aren’t even cinema, but theme park rides:
I don’t see them. I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema. Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks. It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.
In a separate interview, Scorsese clarified his comments by saying the following:
Let’s say a family wants to go to an amusement park. That’s a good thing, you know. And at theme parks there’s these cinematic expressions. They’re a new art form. It’s something different from films that are shown normally in theaters, that’s all. My concern is losing the screens to massive theme park films. which I say again, they’re their own new art form. Cinema now is changing. We have so many venues, there are so many ways to make films. So enjoyable. Fine, go and it’s an event and it’s great to go to an event like an amusement park. But don’t crowd out Greta Gerwig and don’t crowd out Paul Thomas Anderson and Noah Baumbach and those people, in terms of theaters.
This basically burned Film Social Media to the ground, as filmmakers and fans alike shared their thoughts on Scorsese’s opinion. Some, like Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather) agreed with Scorsese. Coppola even went on to call these films “despicable.”