Marvel Movies Don’t Need Defending…. They Need Understanding
It’s all coming back to me now. The disdain and the demotion of the comic books as an art form. Hey, even my art teacher in high school insisted that they’re NOT to be considered an art form. Comics are NOT art and there was not a single person in that classroom that could convince her otherwise.
But up until now I figured that it’s a snobbish opinion of the art elite. The snooty art people that sneer on any notion that something so vulgar, something so provocative and cheap for the masses can be considered an art. Because let’s face it. A comic book is much cheaper to buy than an actual painting or a sculpture.
But you’ve probably heard the comments. You know… The Martin Scorsese comments regarding the Marvel movies of today.
“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.” Said the famed director and I for one would highly disagree with him.
I’ve never been a comic book type of a girl. I’ve never red them in my youth, but I sure did watch comic book movies, even when I was a kid. Back in the 90’s the comic book movies were not that revered and admired by the audience, but nobody can’t deny that they’re not entertaining or engaging.
And beyond that. Some of the Marvel movies really touch on current issues that are plaguing the world. They deal with terrorism, they deal with feminism, they deal with oppression and immigration. Who’s to say that they’re not relevant and substantial? Well, Martin Scorsese apparently.
And I know what’s his (Martin’s) biggest pet peeve to be honest. That they (MCU movies) have over-reliance on VFX technology, that they have fictional alien characters and that all of theese things (and so much more) seem foreign to him and the rest of his generation. And when you think about it… It all boils down to that. The generational gap is way too big for the older generation to comprehend, and ultimately understand the comic book movies. My point is that the Marvel movies (or any comic book-based movies for that matter) don’t necessarily need defending. The numbers from the box office performances speak for themselves. They need understanding. They need respect as well, but I guess the respect is earned, and in my opinion the only way for earning that respect is through understanding.
Everybody fears and dislikes what they don’t understand. It’s a true statement about everything in life (racism, sexism and so on) and it’s evident here in Martin’s statements. But I guess, he’s the equivalent of that old embarrassing grandpa that everyone has in practically every family. The one that everyone is thinking of not inviting to social and family gatherings of fear of embarrassment. An old grandpa that so stuck, so set in his own backwards ways that everybody cringes when he opens his mouth. Sorry not sorry Martin. Love your movies but not your thoughts on the modern cinema.
Maybe it’s best for him to leave the new style of movies (let’s just name them like that) for the new generation and let Marty stick to his usual gangsters, mobsters and serial killers. Cause old grandpa loves making them the most.