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?!