Cinema judge Martin Scorsese says Marvel films are theme parks

From the old man yells at clouds category, Martin Scorsese decided he’d troll Marvel while promoting his likely Oscar candidate, The Irishman.

During an interview with Empire magazine, he was asked if he’s caught up on the 23 Marvel Studios films. Asking the 76-year-old if he’s watched the MCU films seems like asking Trump how much he enjoyed Roma, but whatever gets clicks, right?

“I tried, you know?” Scorsese said. “But that’s not cinema.”

Ouch. Wonder if Scorsese is more of a fan of the DC Extended Universe. He probably loved Joker.


Scorsese described watching the films more like theme parks than legit films.

“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.”

I’m sure this has nothing to do with Scorsese being a little jealous of how well the theme parks are doing. Scorsese’s highest grossing film was The Departed, which featured Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson. Damon appreciates the high theater of the MCU given his cameo role in Thor: Ragnarok. Anyhow, The Departed brought in an impressive $132 million off a $90 million budget in 2006.

That would make The Departed the lowest grossing entry in the MCU trailing The Incredible Hulk, which brought in $134 million in 2008. Scorsese’s combined gross for his 26 films is $1.27 billion i.e. less than the worldwide gross of Black Panther ($1.34 billion). Given that context I’d hate on these theme parks too.

But seriously I hate this old school mentality that tries to fit quality films into a box. That’s why Oscar ratings are trending downward. You can’t ignore the emotional experience of Michael B. Jordan in Black Panther any more than Oscar voters who fawned over Braveheart in 1996. And is Chris Hemsworth’s performance in Avengers: Infinity War truly that much different than Russell Crowe in 2001 Best Picture winner Gladiator?

Scorsese and his old guard don’t have to make films with tons of CGI, but that doesn’t mean filmmakers that utilize them are carnival barkers lining up suckers to see their next spectacle.

That’s my take. What’s yours?