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'The Exorcist' Director Lashes Out At Superhero Movies

Thursday, June 18, 2015 • Hollywood Comments

Academy Award winning director William Friedkin, whose '70s classics such as 'The Exorcist' and 'The French Connection' are still looked up by many as some of the greatest films ever made has lashed out against the staple of superhero films releasing past few years.

The once most sought-after filmmaker in Hollywood says that he finds the spectrum of the whole larger-than-life visual-fest in superhero movies dominating theatre screens boring and unappealing.

He says, "Films used to be rooted in gravity. They were about real people doing real things. Today, cinema is all about Batman, Superman, Iron Man, Avengers, Hunger Games in America: all kinds of stuff that I have no interest in seeing at all."

In his statement, he acknowledged that the rise of CGI and VFX in film-making now has played a major role in taking out of fashion his style of film-making which was more grounded, gritty around the time when 'Star Wars' and 'Superman: The Movie' were released in the late '70s.

In recent months, Friedkin joins the small list of filmmakers who have voiced out their displeasure at the number of superhero films dominating the screens.

Friedkin also stated that filmmakers have a better shot at storytelling in television saying, "You develop character at a greater length and the story is more complex and deeper than cinema."

So, what do you think about the director's statements? Do you think he's plain wrong that we're getting to watch some of the best visual movies in many years or do you support his statements? Sound off in the comments below!

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