It looks like Martin Scorsese has a few other things to say about the comic book movie genre.
Last month, The Irishman and The Taxi Driver director caused quite the ruckus when he came out saying that he didn’t really think of Marvel Movies as cinema, saying that they were instead, “amusement parks” of the film industry. Marvel fans were outraged by what the critically-acclaimed filmmaker said, and Marvel stars were asked to comment on the filmmaker’s little rant about Marvel movies. Other celebrities also decided to chime in, some in support of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the many films in the franchise, others in support of Scorsese.
Now it looks like the director has other things to say about the comic book movie genre. Speaking in an interview with Empire Magazine (via ComicBook.com) to promote his latest movie, the gangster biopic The Irishman, Scorsese goes on further elaborating his opinion about superhero films.
“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,” Scorsese told the entertainment news outlet.
Of course, while this is Scorsese’s definition of cinema, the filmmaker doesn’t really force his viewers on others.
“It might be cinema to the kids seeing those films, but I don’t get it,” Scorsese went on. “Or least let me put it this way: I’ve seen one or two, that’s enough. Because it’s the same thing over and over, you know?”
Sure, comic book movies might have a similar theme and a similar plot structure from time to time, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t entertaining. What do you think? Would you agree with Scorsese?
The Irishman is available for streaming on Netflix.