In the forthcoming comedy Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, Jay (Jason Mewes), Silent Bob (Kevin Smith) and their buddy Brodie (Jason Lee) is criticizing the reboot-happy ways of Hollywood (yes, it’s all very meta) when the subject of Marvel films comes up.
“Hey man, those Marvel movies are a triumph of cinema!” the otherwise cantankerous Brodie insists.
It’s incredible timing, given Jay and Silent Bob Reboot is on theaters in the aftermath or ire-raising statements made by the director Martin Scorsese, who announced that Marvel movies don’t qualify as “cinema.”
‘Kevin Smith’, the writer-director-star-key holder of the Clerks/Mallrats/Jay and Silent Bob universe(aka the View Askiewniverse), is not about to slam Scorsese (Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, Gangs of New York), a filmmaker Smith reveres as the GOAT in his craft.
But Smith did make an interesting statement when asked for his reaction to Scorsese’s comments.
“Martin Scorsese has made such wonderful movies. He’s been doing the job since I was a kid.
I’m not going to sit and be like, ‘I know better than him.’
That’s his feelings,” Smith told us. ” I would say this, and I’m not countering Mr. Scorsese: Martin Scorsese made perhaps the biggest superhero movie ever made.”
Smith is relating to The ‘Last Temptation of Christ’, Scorsese’s debatable 1988 depiction of Jesus Christ starring Willem Dafoe.
Smith added, “The Last Temptation of Christ is a superhero movie,”. “And I’m not diminishing Jesus by any stretch of the imagination. But who is Jesus if not a superhero?”
As Scorsese advised Empire magazine in a current interview promoting his new Netflix mob drama The Irishman, “I don’t see them.
I tried, you know? but that’s not cinema. … really, the closest I will think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the excellent they can beneath the circumstances, is theme parks.
It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to deliver emotional, psychological experiences to another person.”
At the same time as surprise fixtures like Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Downey Jr. and James Gunn addressed those comments, Smith, ever so diplomatically, said he is familiar with where Scorsese is coming from: “Martin Scorsese in all likelihood does not have the emotional attachment to those movies that I do.
whilst he sees those films, he’s like, ‘that is a theme park.’ after I see the one’s movies, this is the nearest I get to being with my dad at a film theater again,” said the filmmaker, who acknowledged weekly trips to as a baby together with his father to the cineplex, where they consumed the latest blockbusters.
“I respect his opinion, however, I do not think he has an equal emotional attachment that numerous we have. it is the men and the women that we relate to within the movie, not the ‘superb’ element.”