Martin Scorsese is without a doubt one of the most storied directors working today. According to IMDB he has helmed some of the most seminal movies of the day, such as Mean Streets (1973), Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), Casino (1995) and many others, as well as music videos for some of the most popular artists of the day.
The man is indisputably talented, but why are people seemingly so put out but the idea that he has an opinion that conflicts with theirs?
I ask because I tend to start the day reading various comic book movie-based web sites because I grew up on comic books and have been a fan of them for as long as I’ve been on the planet (and have for the most part have enjoyed the movies inspired by them).
Here’s a headline I found.
You may not have heard, but Martin Scorsese doesn’t think much of superhero movies.
And…!? The idea that this is a subject for debate and discussion more than two years after the fact is disturbing because it’s not like Scorsese is saying anything controversial. Tons of people don’t like superhero movies.
Though to be fair tons of people aren’t luminaries of cinema like Martin Scorsese.
Though at the end of the day, why does that matter?
The last time I checked it’s perfectly fine to not like superhero movies. Now, personally I think they’re endlessly fascinating and I enjoy watching the evolution of the genre, but they’re admittedly not for everyone (in the same way when growing up I came home with a stack of comic books not everyone could wrap their heads around why I bothered. When I grew up Westerns were particularly popular, something I didn’t quite understand though I didn’t spend much time brooding over it, Instead I just did what I enjoyed, which was read comic books and watch science fiction and horror – though I eventually came to see the brilliance of movies like The Searchers (1956), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence (1956), The Magnificent Seven (1960) and others).
You may agree with Scorsese, you may not but I’m not sure it matters all that much, which is why maybe we should spend less energy on what someone else thinks about whatever it is that we enjoy and just keep enjoying it because if someone else’s opinion changes our view one iota we were never really fans in the first place.
And I honestly think that if Martin Scorsese sat down and watched a superhero movie – avoiding anything produced by Sony sans Marvel Studios beyond Sam Raimi’s original Spider-Man movies – he might enjoy them more than he thought that he would.