While he has just received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, Francis Ford Coppola was happy and grateful to the Hollywood industry for this honor. He was in such good spirits that he even-tempered his recent killer remarks about superhero movies, giving an amazing review on the movie “Deadpool.”
Francis Ford Coppola makes an exception
A short time ago, the great filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, author of monuments in the history of cinema such as the trilogy The Godfather and Apocalypse Now had let loose on the MCU, superhero movies in general, and had even scratched blockbusters like Dying can wait and Dunes. A critical view is very close to that of his eminent colleague Martin Scorsese, himself not very fond of this cinema. But in a recent interview with variety Coppola has – a little – nuanced his remarks, finally he found at least one superhero movie to his liking. Surprising, but not completely. In effect, the movie in question is Dead Pooldirected by Tim Miller and worn by Ryan Reynolds, released in 2016 to great critical and commercial success.
I liked Deadpool. I thought this movie was amazing.
We would almost fall out of our chairs. But in the end, the surprise quickly gives way to reason. As he later states in the same interview, the director likes artists to take risks and offer a vision that is not standardized.
Cinema is supposed to enlighten the contemporary world, and help us understand what is going on. We therefore need artists who give us a representation of what is happening.
Dead Poolpioneer of a superhero genre apart
Francis Ford Coppola therefore nuanced his remarks on the superhero genre. If he always criticizes their “formula”, repeated ad nauseam, he, therefore, considers that the opposite – an original and different film – can deserve serious attention. By giving his opinion on Dead Pool, it’s probably more than just this movie that he wants to spare. Indeed, released in 2016, Dead Pool broke world box office records for an R-rated film. Dead Pool above all paved the way to movies like Logan and Joker. Dark, ironic films, which brilliantly use the second degree and can also perform at the box office.
Deadpool has, much more than the two films mentioned above, a strong penchant for black comedy, and shows a Ryan Reynolds who regularly addresses the public, thus breaking the famous “fourth wall”. Unprecedented originality at the time in a very first degree cinematographic genre. It seems certain Francis Ford Coppola will never direct a superhero movie, but it’s nice to hear him say that some initiatives of the kind do not leave him indifferent. Presumably flattered, Ryan Reynolds tweeted that the converse was true.