John Woo Prefers "Real Cinema" to Comic Book Films: "There Aren't Many Movies Like That Lately"

"I've never liked watching movies with big special effects, or anything based on comic books"

BY Ben OkazawaPublished Nov 20, 2023

Apparently, John Woo attended the Martin Scorsese School of Hating. The Hong Kong director has affirmed his status among the ranks of directors against superhero movies

Of course, it should come as no surprise that Woo — known in the western world for helming action flicks like Face/Off and Mission: Impossible 2 — is siding with Scorsese, since the directors are noted admirers of each other's work. 

"I've never liked watching movies with big special effects, or anything based on comic books," Woo told The New Yorker in an interview published yesterday (November 19). "I prefer Martin Scorsese's movies, that kind of cinema. I can't wait to watch Killers of the Flower Moon. I like old-fashioned movies, you know? Real cinema. There aren't many movies like that lately."

Although his comments are reminiscent of The Simpsons' old-man-yells-at-cloud meme, Woo and Scorsese might be on to something. The latest to fall off Marvel's content treadmill, The Marvels, bombed at the box office on its opening weekend, grossing just $63.3 million internationally.

Meanwhile, Scorsese is facing backlash from the Indigenous film community for his portrayal of the Osage people in Killers of the Flower Moon.

On December 1, Woo's upcoming film Silent Night will mark his long-awaited return to Hollywood after spending nearly two decades making movies exclusively in Hong Kong. 

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