Super Mario Bros. The Movie arrived in theaters in Mexico and more countries on April 5. Despite the fact that its initial reviews by the specialized press were not very favorable, it managed to win the hearts of millions of fans around the world. Now, is its success a reflection of the current state of cinema?
Martin Scorsese, the renowned director behind such cult films as Taxi Driver, The Wolf of Wall Street, Goodfellas and many more, has become famous of late for his candid views on the film industry. So, it was a matter of time before he talked about the animated film from Illumination and Universal Pictures.
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Unfortunately for people who expected a widespread opinion on the feature film inspired by Nintendo games, the filmmaker limited himself to talking about his box office success and what that means. Still, what he said is very interesting and worth reviewing.
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Cinema and Super Mario Bros. The Movie; Martin Scorsese thinks of the film industry
The film director attended the most recent edition of the Cannes Film Festival to present his latest feature film: Killers of the Flower Moon, which featured a stellar performance by Leonardo DiCaprio. In an interview with Deadline, he talked about the fact that fewer and fewer people prefer to go to movie theaters.
The filmmaker confessed that, on some occasions, he chooses to wait for a film to reach a streaming platform. However, he justified himself and says that he does it because he is an older adult. Thus, he ensures that young people should enjoy productions on the big screen.
“People in their teens, or in their 20s, 30s, 40s, should experience movies as a community experience in a theater. But you’re talking to an 80-year-old man,” Martin Scorsese argued in the talk.
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On the other hand, he believes that people should go to the movies to enjoy all kinds of films, not just those that are based on a mega-franchise such as the Marvel Cinematic Universe and, of course, Super Mario Bros. The Movie.
“A movie like Super Mario Bros. is great for young people, but they also grow up as adults. What about that part of their lives? They’re going to think that movies are just game tapes or ‘tentpole’. Are they going to think that this is cinema? To a certain extent it is, but it’s not all cinema”, highlighted the creative.
With the term “tentpole”, Martin Scorsese refers to those productions that generate large income and that can financially support a production company, or those projects that are based on an established franchise.
But tell us, do you agree with the director’s words? Do you think people should see more auteur cinema? Let us read you in the comments.
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