Famous movie director, Quentin Tarantino is known as one of the best in recent film history, and his opinion on movies is highly regarded. The award-winning director recently criticized the current era of films and said it’s one of the “worst in Hollywood history.” Tarantino has been creating feature-length movies since the 80s and criticized other eras.
Tarantino has also previously criticized popular film franchises like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, James Bond, and Star Wars franchises. The director also recently stated that he doesn’t want to make any superhero movies, saying they have a “chokehold” on audiences and he’s not a “hired hand” because you “have to be a hired hand” to do those films.
Several other iconic filmmakers, like Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola, have also heavily criticized recent films, especially the superhero film genre. Scorsese, the director of “The Irishman,” criticized Marvel films, saying they’re “not cinema” and compared them to “theme parks.”
Read on to find out more.
Quentin Tarantino Criticizes The Current Era Of Films
During a recent episode of “The Video Archives Podcast with Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary,” Tarantino spoke about the various cinema eras and criticized the current film era. The “Django Unchained” director called the current era one of the worst so far, alongside the 1950s and 1980s.
According to NME, Tarantino said, “Even though the ’80s was the time that I probably saw more movies in my life than ever — at least as far as going out to the movies was concerned — I do feel that ’80s cinema is, along with the ’50s, the worst era in Hollywood history. Matched only by now, matched only by the current era.”
Quentin Tarantino Previously Criticized Star Wars And The MCU
In the past, Tarantino has heavily criticized blockbuster franchises, such as the James Bond, Marvel, and Star Wars franchises. In a 2020 interview with Deadline, he said that he believed that auteur directors were warring against the blockbuster studio franchises.
He said, “As far as I can see, the commercial product that is owned by the conglomerates, the projects everybody knows about and has in their DNA, whether it be the Marvel Comics, the ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Godzilla’ and James Bond, those films never had a better year than last year.”
Tarantino also explained that many original movies came out, were “demanded to be seen at the theaters,” and were able to stand up to the blockbusters. He continued, “I think when you sum up the year, it’s cinema that doesn’t fall into that blockbuster IP-proof status made its last stand this year.”
Quentin Tarantino Doesn’t Want To Make Superhero Films
In another interview earlier this month, Tarantino spoke to the Los Angeles Times and shared that he doesn’t want to make any superhero movies. The “Django Unchained” director spoke about his new book, titled “Cinema Speculation,” and criticized the superhero genre.
Tarantino said he thinks filmmakers “can’t wait for the day” when superhero movies aren’t the top of the trend, and added that the movies have a strong “chokehold” on film audiences. According to Insider, He clarified that he never wants to be involved in the DC Extended Universe or the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The “Kill Bill” writer further said that “you have to be a hired hand to do” films in the Marvel or DC universe and that he’s “not a hired hand” neither is he “looking for a job.”
Other Famous Filmmakers Have Criticized Superhero Movies
Several other popular filmmakers have recently heavily criticized the superhero film genre, such as “The Godfather” director Francis Ford Coppola and “Goodfellas” director Martin Scorsese. During an interview with Empire Magazine, Scorsese made his dislike for Marvel movies clear.
The “Taxi Driver” director said, “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.”
Top Hollywood director, James Cameron, behind the popular box office hit movies, “Titanic” and “Avatar,” also called out Marvel movies for lacking purpose and having characters that act like they’re still in “college.”