Ken Loach has become the latest high-profile filmmaker to attack Marvel movies, branding them “boring” and “nothing to do with the art of cinema”.
The ‘Kes’ and ‘I, Daniel Blake’ director spoke out against the box office hits following criticism from Martin Scorsese, who said they were “not cinema” and Francis Ford Coppola, who described them as “despicable”.
“They’re made as commodities like hamburgers, and it’s not about communicating and it’s not about sharing our imagination,” Loach told Sky News.
“It’s about making a commodity which will make a profit for a big corporation – they’re a cynical exercise. They’re market exercise and it has nothing to do with the art of cinema. William Blake said ‘when money is discussed – art is impossible’.”
Loach, who has used his films to become one of Britain’s most prominent social commentators, explained: “I think reflecting the world we know can make beautiful cinema because it can celebrate who we are.
“It can laugh with us, it can cry with us, it can learn about our deepest feelings and what it is to be human – you find that in the everyday”.
It comes after Guardians of The Galaxy director James Gunn hit back at Coppola’s criticism – which first emerged last weekend.
In a lengthy Instagram post yesterday (October 20), Gunn pointed out that even old-school gangster films were sometimes considered unoriginal and one-note. “Some of our great grandfathers thought the same of westerns, and believed the films of John Ford, Sam Peckinpah, and Sergio Leone were all exactly the same,” he wrote.
“I remember a great uncle to whom I was raving about Star Wars. He responded by saying, ‘I saw that when it was called 2001, and, boy, was it boring!’”
Scorsese, meanwhile, compared Marvel films to “theme parks”, saying the movies weren’t “cinema” enough.