Yesterday there was atomic uproar across the internet. Well, maybe not that severe. But the neckbeards had their pitchforks at the ready as actor Simon Pegg told it how it was and pointed out that not only have movies become dumb, but a big part of the reason for that is owed to ‘childish’ comic book movies.
Speaking to the Radio Times, Pegg let rip;
Before Star Wars, the films that were box-office hits were The Godfather, Taxi Driver, Bonnie and Clyde and The French Connection – gritty, amoral art movies. Then suddenly the onus switched over to spectacle and everything changed.
Now, I don’t know if that is a good thing. Obviously I’m very much a self-confessed fan of science-fiction and genre cinema. But part of me looks at society as it is now and just thinks we’ve been infantilised by our own taste.Now we’re essentially all consuming very childish things – comic books, superheroes… Adults are watching this stuff, and taking it seriously.
It is a kind of dumbing down in a way. Because it’s taking our focus away from real-world issues. Films used to be about challenging, emotional journeys or moral questions that might make you walk away and re-evaluate how you felt about… whatever.
Pegg provoked a hugely negative reaction and was forced to ‘explain himself’ on his own site, Peggster, which clarified the original interview piece. What he said is true, too many manbabies fight their way into braindead toy advert crap like The Avengers, and the fact that this simple interview created such uproar clearly touched a nerve.
Ironically, when Sensei Seagal says the same thing, everyone ignores him. Why?!
May 20, 2015 at 11:07 pm
I have been instructed by Sensei Seagal to read to you all, manly action movie lovers, the following Statement written by the Sensei himself:
” What Pupil The Night Rider wrote is partially true. I have indeed shit constantly on childish gay comic book movies. These stupid films are packed with 75 pound male vaginas who have never seen combat like myself. When you all saw me kill a guy on screen, i was actually killing a guy onscreen. The only reason Sir Michael Caine , my costar from “on deadly ground” is still alive, is cause the queen of England called me and asked me to spare his life. So i did.
These green screen retards dont do any stunts. Fuck ’em. Btw..while we at it..Fuck JCVD as well.
Where pupil Night Rider is mistaken is where he writes that people are ignoring me. No sir they are not. I get no backlash for my believes cause no one has the balls to say anything back to me.”
-So there u go my friends..a statement from Sensei Seagal
May 21, 2015 at 12:14 am
I agree. There’s too much comic book superheroes flying around with capes movies. Enough of that. How about shoot em up blow em up chase movies like To live and die in LA? That is a good film.
May 21, 2015 at 2:37 am
May 21, 2015 at 5:50 am
I wouldn’t say that about all comic book movies. What about Dredd? a comic with some political / social / moral themes that was one the best action moves to have come out in the last few years. Same goes for Kingsman, that was another one that had some satircal / political elements that was good IMO. But as far as all this other Marvel / DC crap that’s being pushed out, I for one couldn’t give a fuck and find it redundant as fuck !
May 21, 2015 at 2:57 pm
This guy gained respect, a lot of it. Also, his last movie is worth watching btw nothing special but still not bad.