The MCU gives actors the freedom to act, but why not directors?
Fans were surprised when they found out Ethan Hawke joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe earlier this year with the Dinsey+ series. Moon Knight. Hawke, who played villainous cult leader Arthur Harrow, criticized the superhero genre years, but it’s not for the same old man crying to the sky reason we’re used to hearing.
Hawke likes all types of movies and doesn’t think there’s a difference between “high art” and “low art”. In an age of cinema where studios continue to make big-budget films that are safe bets, Hawke finds it difficult for filmmakers and actors to explore complex characters in a unique and experimental way.
In an interview with IndieWireHawke said he’s not “stuck” that critics think of comic book movies as if they were art movies.
“It has to be someone in the community saying, ‘Hey, everyone, this isn’t Fanny and Alexandersaid Hawke, noting that he doesn’t mind directors like Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola criticizing superhero movies.
“If you keep rewatching these movies that are basically made for 14 year olds as if they were Fanny and Alexander Where winter lightso who the hell is going to do winter light?” Hawke said.
Superhero movies have become a weird commodity in cinema. The comics they’re based on are basically designed for kids to find entertainment in costumed heroes battling costumed villains, but the movies have to lean into a dark, gritty style to appeal to those buying the tickets to see the movies. movies and watch them again. . When the MCU found the formula that worked for its movies, it stuck to it and created carbon copies that promised to always succeed in theaters.
Why create something new and experimental when the vault promises to recoup the money spent?
“I appreciate the older statesmen in the community reminding people not to set the bar too low,” adds Hawke, explaining why some established directors criticize the genre. “I know some people think they’re stuck up, but they’re not.”
As for his own experience working in the MCU, Hawke said the studio gave him and his co-star Oscar Isaac the freedom to shape their performances. The actor still doesn’t know if the directors of the MCU have as much freedom as the actors.
“This group of people [at Marvel] is extremely player-friendly. They may not be director-friendly, and maybe that’s what Scorsese and Coppola are talking about,” Hawke said. “Feige understood the algorithm there, so they’re extremely respectful of the process. The best thing about moon knight for me, it was Oscar’s performance. It’s a gonzo thing that just happens to have a giant budget – quite a standout performance.
Hawke is a master filmmaker who can understand and adapt to the ever-changing industry without losing what he values. It’s important to look at the landscape of cinema and understand why it is so, rather than dismissing what’s popular.
We can still enjoy Marvel movies and shows – I know I particularly liked Sam Raimi’s campy horror direction for Doctor Stranger and the Multiverse of Madness— but we need to show up and support the movies we enjoy to show the industry that we want something with a little more risk.
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