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Creative Close-Up: There Is Room for All Cinema


I’ve been itching to write about this. It is the perfect subject for this month. Some of you have read about Martin Scorses‘s opinion about Marvel movies. For those who haven’t let me fill you in. 

Scorsese is promoting his latest film, ‘The Irishmen‘, and someone asked him about Marvel films. His response: “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,” He also adds, “It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.” Ok, but then he had to touch the subject a few more times, “We shouldn’t be invaded by it,” and  “We need cinemas to step up and show films that are narrative films.”

Francis Ford Coppola said that Marvel films are despicable, then Jennifer Aniston added to the pot, that she’s not interested in living in a green screen. To be honest, these are their own opinions, and I respect them, but they fail to understand one thing: there is room for all films

Since the 20th century and into the 21st century, the film industry has changed drastically. Marvel films have been described as amusement park entertainment and guess what? It is. The first superhero film I can think of is Superman which came out in 1978. Then came Batman, by the 1990s superheros films became extinct. That all changed with X-Men in 2000. By then the doors opened far and wide. It’s not just Marvel cashing in, but DC and smaller comic book franchises too. 

Scorsese, Coppola and others need to know are that the film industry is changing. For better or for worse. Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and other streaming services are putting their hands in the film industry. It’s not just film, but television too. There is room for action/adventures, romance, romantic comedies, comedies, sci-fi, horror, all kinds of films. Not everyone cares for Scorsese’s or Coppola’s films either. Mr. Coppola, some people think your Godfather films are despicable too! So either Scorsese, Coppola, and others need to adjust to the times or be left behind. 

So why are we debating this? We either love movies or hate them. We each have our own preferences. I love films, some movies I don’t care for, but I like a good superhero film because they can make you think and teach you something. It may not have substance, but that’s ok…I enjoy an amusement park ride or two. 

Featured image: Polygon



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