When the movie director who has Die Hard and Predator under his belt sounds off about something, one can’t help but listen and respect his opinion, but, in an interview with Premiere, McTiernan attacked modern blockbuster filmmaking.
“I hate the majority of major studio films for political reasons, I can’t really watch them. I’m annoyed the second they start”.
“Captain America, I’m not joking… The cult of American hyper-masculinity is one of the worst things to have happened to the world during the last 50 years. Hundreds of thousands of people have died because of this idiotic delusion. So how is it possible to watch a film called Captain America?”
“Superhero movies are for business. All they’re making are comic book adaptations. There’s action but no human beings, they’re films made by fascists. They’re making all the kids in the world think that they’ll never be important enough to have a film made about their life. And it’s a unique moment in the history of cinema, it didn’t used to be like this. A kid used to be able to learn how a man or a woman should act by watching films. Morals. Comics make heroes for businesses”.
Now I agree with him that the taking over of Hollywood by superhero movies is not a good thing for commercial cinema, and like him am getting bored with all these characters, but McTiernan seems to dislike them for mainly political reasons, and to be honest I don’t entirely understand the gist of his argument. And he even goes on to dismiss Mad Max Fury Road with a “pffft”, and call it “corporate product”….though fortunately he does like Babe [thank god for that].
Come on John, make another movie yourself and show us how it’s done….