Aging ‘Young Turks’ tell kids to get off the lawn

Avengers: Endgame poster

I was going to take a pass on this. But it’s pretty clear that aging “Young Turks” in the movie industry are telling the kids to get off their lawn.

Over the past few years, the likes of Francis Ford Coppola, 80, Martin Scorsese, 76, and Steven Spielberg, 72, have taken shots at the super hero genre of movies, particularly those made by Walt Disney Co.’s Marvel Studios.

Coppola, Scorsese and Spielberg were the directors who turned Hollywood upside down in the 1970s with the likes of the first two Godfather films, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, etc.

Their legacies are set. Nobody can take that away from them.

They came to prominence when the likes of directors such as John Ford and Howard Hawks had vacated the stage. Go back a little further, and you’ll read about how cinema was more pure before the “talkies” came in circa 1929.

At the same time, one has to wonder how the former “Young Turks” would react to a job offer from Marvel Studios.

MARVEL STUDIOS BOSS KEVIN FEIGE: Francis, we’ll pay you (THIS AMOUNT) to direct MCU Daredevil.


FEIGE: (Repeats amount).

COPPOLA: I used to be a Young Turk. I suddenly feel young again.

A friend of mine hates movies based on comic books. He is reveling in these stories and citing how they mean he is correct.

Comic book-based films, like any genre, have their highs and lows.

Chinatown, the first Star Wars movie, The Empire Strikes Back are among the genre films that are celebrated. High Noon, Rio Bravo and Red River are among the Westerns that were celebrated in the day. Other movies in those genres weren’t as celebrated.

Engaging in broad attacks, on the other hand, isn’t a good look. The former Young Turks might want to look back to the early years of their careers and ponder. Then again, it’s easier to shout at the kids to get off your lawn.

2 Responses

  1. I appreciate their view and agree with most of what they say. I am a comic book geek from way back. Emphasis on comic BOOK. The movies never seem to capture the feel except a bare handful. Even when they attempt to make a movie from a comic’s story it gets botched up. Get to the point and have a decent story. I guess the problem is three areas; switching from one media to another is difficult; the producers/directorw/writers don’t know anythng about the comic; and trying to expand the nerdiness of the comic stories from a select group to the general public. If you don’t achieve these points you will probably fail as a story teller. The CGI cannot carry the whole movie.

  2. That’s a crappy attitude to have towards the movies, Mike, but of course, satisfying people like you is impossible, since you feel they must satisfy your exacting, special needs as to how to bring classic characters like these, part of (as one TV interviewer said to Stan Lee back in the ’60’s during the course of an interview he conducted with Lee) our modern mythology, to life. I’m guessing that the Pixar and DreamWorks superhero characters (who are original creations) are unsatisfactory too?🙄

    As I said in another comment here, people like you are glad to hear of Covid-19 wrecking the American movie industry, since it will most (heck, may) likely mean the end of these movies dominating the box office and people’s attention, in favour of the critically acclaimed to-the-skies-and-beyond normal non-speculative fiction movies beloved by film critics and film connoisseurs (many of whom want a new ‘Golden Age’ of cinema similar to the 1960’s and ’70’s to come back where their tastes in movies will dominate, but nothing else will.) The rest of us-which is most of us-will be sitting at home, watching past superhero (and sci-fi/fantasy) movies on home video, while the movie industry collapses again like it did in the 1970’s (because gloomy, ‘normal’ flicks and nothing else will turn people away due to people already living ‘normal’ real life and wanting to escape from that.)

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