Michel Franco is in Venice right now for the popular international film festival. His most recent film, Sundown – 92%, has already been screened and has accumulated some interesting reviews that you can read in our specialized article. The Mexican director has granted an interview for the . agency (via Milenio) and reveals that he prefers not to watch superhero movies, like other famous directors, he concludes that they are not cinema.
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Sundown, the new movie of Frank, is a tragic story about the life of a family that spends their vacations in Acapulco. The Mexican returns to Venice to compete after his triumph last year with Nuevo Orden – 77%, a film that took home the Grand Jury Prize and that surprised locals and strangers with its achievements. Now that the Italian city has its latest work on display, Michel talks about the little interest that non-auteur cinema generates in him, that which is produced by order of the huge Hollywood studios:
Never say never because life can take turns, but I’m not interested in the least, it’s not cinema. I can’t stand watching a movie in which there are no twists, in which a formula is used that dictates the first ten minutes who is the good guy, who is the bad guy and what is going to happen and assures you that the ending is satisfactory. . I hate that movie theater.
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Michel Franco He is not the first director to speak out against superhero cinema, of course. Let’s remember the words of Martin Scorsese at the end of 2018, a whole media event: “I don’t see them. I tried, but that’s not cinema. The closest I can think of to them, as well done as they are, with the actors doing their best under the circumstances, are theme parks. “
The superhero cinema has been transformed into a true monster. Marvel Studios had humble beginnings when in 2008 they released Iron Man – The Iron Man – 93%, however, over time, executives have set bigger goals and reached heights they never thought possible and that other studios can only dream of, much less achieve. Warner Bros. and Disney rise as the kings of Hollywood, at least in a monetary sense; both were able to maintain the supremacy of the box office and with each new release hundreds of millions of dollars are filled in their pockets, which are used for the production of more and more films.
There’s a superhero movie right now that’s taking all the money from the box office, and on top of it it’s surprisingly good (by Marvel Studios standards). We talk about Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings – 95% rings, adventure starring Simu Liu who has become the queen of the last weekend, emerging as one of the best premieres of 2021. Shang-Chi joins the MCU as the first great Avenger of Asian origin and the fans they are quite satisfied with the work of the filmmakers.
On the other hand, the DCEU is still reeling but at a slow pace it seeks to shape the new stage of its stories. Although The Suicide Squad – 91% did not do well at the box office, Warner Bros. still has an interest in further developing the characters and working with James Gunn in the future. The truth is that superhero cinema still has a lot to offer and fans are very much in agreement with its dominance on billboards around the world.
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