Simon Pegg has made some adult nerds angry in his latest interview with Radio Times promoting his new romantic comedy film, Man Up. It’s not the fact that Pegg is starring in a romantic comedy movie that have created an Internet uproar, but rather what Pegg had to say about modern blockbuster Hollywood movies, specifically of the comic book kind.
In his Radio Times interview, Pegg said the following:
Before Star Wars, the films that were box-office hits were The Godfather, Taxi Driver, Bonnie And Clyde and The French Connection – gritty, amoral art movies. Then suddenly the onus switched over to spectacle and everything changed … I don’t know if that is a good thing.
…Obviously I’m very much a self-confessed fan of science fiction and genre cinema but part of me looks at society as it is now and just thinks we’ve been infantilized by our own taste. Now we’re essentially all consuming very childish things – comic books, superheroes. Adults are watching this stuff, and taking it seriously.
It is a kind of dumbing down, in a way, because it’s taking our focus away from real-world issues. Films used to be about challenging, emotional journeys or moral questions that might make you walk away and re-evaluate how you felt about … whatever.
Now we’re walking out of the cinema really not thinking about anything, other than the fact that the Hulk just had a fight with a robot.
Pegg took it to his website after being today’s trending topic to clarify his statements, stating “Fantasy in all its forms is probably the most potent of social metaphors and as such can be complex and poetic.” Those who are angry at Pegg feel as if they’ve been attacked, or Pegg has been shaming his own peers, but that’s not at all the case — he’s strictly under fire from sensationalist news blog headlines.
Read his blog here to check out what Pegg has to say on modern sci-fi films and blockbusters.