The filmmaker, who is currently on the press tour for his new book Cinema Speculation,told the Los Angeles Times that directors in the MCU are simply “hired hands” and he has no time to take on those types of roles.
“You have to be a hired hand to do those things,” Tarantino said about Marvel movies. “I’m not a hired hand. I’m not looking for a job.”
In Cinema Speculation, Tarantino writes that modern-day filmmakers “can’t wait for the day” when superhero movies fall out of favor in a similar way that studio musicals fell out of favor in the 1960s.
“The analogy works because it’s a similar chokehold,” Tarantino said about superhero movies dominating the current industry.
'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness'Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Tarantino says he refuses to become a “hired hand” because Hollywood rarely produces big-budget movies that are his “type of film.” That isn’t to say that the filmmaker doesn’t like franchises likeStar Trekor Star Wars.
“Of course, I like Star Wars. What’s not to like?” Tarantino said. “But I remember—and this is not a ‘but’ in a negative way, but in a good way. The movie completely carried me along and I was just rocking and rolling with these characters… When the lights came on, I felt like a million dollars. And I looked around and had this moment of recognition, thinking, ‘Wow! What a time at the movies!'”
But just because Tarantino likes something, that doesn’t mean it’s his type of film.
“At the end of the day, I’m more of aClose Encounters [of the Third Kind] guy, just the bigger idea and Spielberg setting out to make an epic for regular people, not just cinephiles. Few films had the kind of climax that Close Encounters had. It blew audiences away.”
It seems like the films that Tarantino is drawn to are the ones that unite the audiences, whether it is in a moment of complete awe or in a moment of rejection of the movie completely.
Tarantino recalls a similar moment of joy that he experienced while watching Close Encounters but with the moment that the audience rejected the film, The Bus is Coming.
He writes, “Since I had never experienced anything like this before, at first, I didn’t know how to take it. But [the audience] insults to the characters just got dirtier and dirtier… the audience seemed to find a deeper level of contempt for it, and the funnier their insults became.”
The young director felt embodied to join in, and this feeling is something the director wants to achieve in the films that he wants to make.
'Close Encounters of the Third Kind'Credit: Columbia Pictures
Cinema is a universal language that can create shared emotions. Few movies can do this well, and it's hard to make a list of the greatest movies to watch in theaters, but you know those films when you watch them.
The best way to nail this feeling is by watching films with others or going to the theater to watch a movie with strangers to see if a movie can elicit the same movie emotion from the audience. It’s an incredible thing to look at when the lights come on and everyone has tear-stained faces fromEverything Everywhere All at Onceor the massive smiles everyone had after watching Top Gun: Maverick.
Marvel movies can draw out an emotional response that everyone shares, but those movies are few and far between. Perhaps this is one of the reasons that Tarantino won't be making a big studio film anytime soon.
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Source: The Los Angeles Times