When he is not behind the camera, it is at the microphone of podcasts that Quentin Tarantino activates, and his punchlines have nothing to envy to those of his characters. In his sights currently, the Marvel films, which he accuses of standardizing Hollywood cinema.
Quentin Tarantino is on fire
Currently in the midst of promoting her book of reviews Cinema SpeculationQuentin Tarantino spoke about the Marvel films at the microphone of the podcast 2 Bears, 1 Cellar. And as much to say that there is no dead hand. Very critical of the propensity of studios to make superheroic franchises their priority productions, the director of Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood has developed an argument to which it is objectively difficult not to adhere, at least in large part.
Quentin Tarantino loves cinema and those who make it. Like many, he therefore has a real admiration for what is called a movie star. A concept and a reality whose disappearance he regrets – which is moreover at the heart of his latest film -, and a disappearance he attributes to the “Mavern-ization” of Hollywood.
One consequence of the Marvel-ization of Hollywood is that… you have all these actors who became famous playing these characters. But these actors are not “movie stars”, are they? Captain America is the star. Or Thor is the star. But I’m not the first person to say this. I think that’s been said countless times…it’s the characters in those franchises that became stars.
“There is no room for anything else”
The director of Jackie Brown and Inglourious Basterds knows how to handle the art of criticism, and he presses where it hurts while taking care not to point the finger at this or that film. Anxious to get to the heart of the problem, he even admits he doesn’t “hate” Marvel movies.
If these films had come out when I was twenty, I would have been super happy and I would have surely loved them. But they would not have been the only films to be released! It would have been films, among other films. But, you know, I’m almost 60 now. So no, these films do not fascinate me.
My only real complaint against these movies is that it seems like they’re the only movies ever made. And that these are the only films to generate enthusiasm among the public or even within the studios themselves. That’s all that excites them. And the fact is that these films are the only representation of this period of cinema, today. There is no room for anything else. That’s my problem.
If Quentin Tarantino suggests that in themselves Marvel films are not of great interest, he accuses above all the studios and part of the public of being motivated only by these franchises, which dramatically standardize the cinematographic landscape. . And it’s hard to prove him wrong.