Over the weekend, the Film Stage ran a new interview with First Reformed star Ethan Hawke, who - in the midst of bemoaning the lack of attention being paid to smaller films in the face of big-ass Hollywood blockbusters - went on to share an exceptionally hot take on the superhero genre.
Here's what he said, if you've not seen it already:
“Now we have the problem that they tell us Logan is a great movie. Well, it’s a great superhero movie. It still involves people in tights with metal coming out of their hands. It’s not Bresson. It’s not Bergman. But they talk about it like it is. I went to see Logan cause everyone was like, ‘This is a great movie’ and I was like, ‘Really? No, this is a fine superhero movie.’ There’s a difference but big business doesn’t think there’s a difference. Big business wants you to think that this is a great film because they wanna make money off of it.”
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Hawke's opinion has led to no small amount of debate on social media, where nuanced Discourse reigns supreme. Some folks feel like Hawke's got a point. Some folks feel he's being a snob about the whole thing. Still others, myself included, count themselves fans of both Ethan Hawke and superhero movies, and are struggling to summon the energy to care about any of this, largely because Ethan Hawke's opinion of superhero movies does not have any impact on my ability to enjoy them.
And yet, it's clear this is a topic worth exploring. With that in mind, we've put together an Open Thread for you to voice your opinions. Think Hawke's out of line? Think this is all overblown? We're willing to hear every side of this one, so hit the comments below to let us know what you think.