FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA Calls MARVEL Movies 'Despicable'

Lawrence Kim
October 21, 2019

Francis Ford Coppola jumped into the fray over Martin Scorsese's criticism of Marvel movies, calling his fellow director "right" and calling the wildly successful film franchise "despicable".

The brouhaha between Marvel and Scorsese began earlier this month when the "Taxi Driver" director said he doesn't watch Marvel movies.

Coppola's claims further underscore Scorsese's recent rant wherein the Academy Award-winning director said, "It's not cinema, it's something else", regarding the MCU movies. "I don't know that anyone gets anything out of seeing the same move over and over again". In a press conference, he chose to back Scorsese, who said the films were "not cinema" and likened them to "theme parks". However, it's just as fair to say that they're labeling all superhero movies with the same broad paintbrush that was once used to criticize their own efforts years ago, as James Gunn is doing so here.

There has been a lot of conversation lately about how Marvel movies and other superhero movies are changing the movie theater business for good.

Coppola spoke to the media in Lyon, France where he was awarded the Prix Lumiere Award at the 10th annual event on Saturday. The director who helmed films like The Departed, Shutter Island, Mean Streets and Gangs of NY described in scathing words how none of the Marvel film could be categorised as cinema.

"I don't see them", Scorsese said during an interview with Empire magazine. "I tried, you know?"

James Gunn, who directed the Guardians of the Galaxy, took to Instagram on Sunday to argue that Scorsese and Coppola essentially were repeating the same line of criticism that older generations gave them when they were younger. He responded by saying, "I saw that when it was called 2001, and, boy, was it boring!"

Helping people: He said in response to Coppola: 'People have been going up to me like "Thank you so much for this character", "This movie helped me out so much", "This movie inspired me".

Gunn tweeted: 'Martin Scorsese is one of my 5 favorite living filmmakers. "I'm saddened that he's now judging my films in the same way".

He added: "It isn't the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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