This year, fans and filmmakers alike have argued over what defines a cinematic experience — and as to whether or not superhero movies can be considered cinema. The latter question, in particular, has inspired a contentious debate, with prominent directors weighing in. Now George Miller has offered his opinion on the matter — and his thoughtful perspective is worth considering.
In an interview with Deadline, the Mad Max director defended blockbuster franchises, like Star Wars and comic book films. Seemingly in response to the ongoing conversation about these movies’ validity, he said:
This introspective approach to the debate feels refreshing, and seems to acknowledge that even within these genres, there are many factors to consider when deciding whether a movie is “good” or “bad.” He went on to argue that this debate is far more complicated than many people seem to think:
Earlier this year, Martin Scorsese said Marvel movies are more like amusement parks than movies, and shouldn’t be considered cinema. The Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola later echoed his sentiments. Many voices from the MCU, including James Gunn and Kevin Feige, have since defended the genre. But George Miller is one of the first filmmakers outside of the genre to lend his voice in support of comic book movies. His nuanced opinion is a much-needed reminder that this conversation, like the films themselves, has the potential to be deeper than many may have originally thought. It’s likely he won’t have the last word – but we’re glad he weighed in.