Martin Scorsese Stands By Assessment That Marvel Movies Are Not Real Cinema

Brenda Watkins
November 7, 2019

"You apply? He develops into an abstraction".

Martin Scorsese, in no way a single to be understated, revealed a lengthy viewpoint piece on Monday evening, hoping to make clear his greatly-disseminated remarks that he does not feel Marvel films qualify as cinema. The truth that the movies themselves do not curiosity me is a matter of private style and temperament.

"I know the film very well", said Scorsese. If anyone is intent on characterizing my words in that light, there's nothing I can do to stand in the way. The superhero motion pictures, as I've said, are one more art invent.

He also expressed concerns that their domination has been detrimental to original storytelling.

The Irishman director, 76, sparked a huge backlash, including from the superhero franchise's stars like Robert Downey, Jr. and Mark Ruffalo, by calling the movies "not cinema" in an interview with Britain's Empire magazine. Nothing is at risk.

"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", he said. The Dark Knight was especially the most acclaimed among fans and critics for its impressive portrayal of characters like Joker (Heath Ledger).

"I know the film very well". When fans walk away from the Marvel films, they are rebelling in their own, small aways against the system. "The aim was to create a series of consistent, connected chapters and interlock and inform each other".

Backstage, Ruffalo told ET: "I've worked with Marty".

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Scorsese had another perspective on that last topic.

Scorsese took the case of the commoditisation of cinema by the hands of massive studios like Marvel, saying their movies have been "sequels in identify however they're remakes in spirit". Scorsese boils the movies down to assembly-line narratives that are "market-researched, audience-examined, vetted, modified, revetted and remodified until they are completely ready for use".

He then adds a name more well-known to non-hardcore cinephiles, Alfred Hitchcock, and explains that while Hitchcock films could fit into the amusement park category⁠-because they did become a franchise of sorts and people went to see them for the thrill⁠-they are all firmly rooted in emotion, not merely spectacle. The reason is simple.

"Many franchise films are made by people of considerable talent and artistry".

Martin Scorsese has made a few statements in recent times that caused an uproar in the film industry.

Scorsese is not the only filmmaker who has been forced to expand on his MCU skepticism. His comments were echoed by fellow exulted director Francis Ford Coppola, and numerous others of their generation. That makes sense to an extent, as Phillips was careful early on to point out that he wasn't interested in making a comic book movie and the end result proves as much.

"Many films today are ideal products manufactured for immediate consumption".

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