Wednesday 19 September 2018

Star Pegg laments 'childish' cinema


Simon Pegg has criticised the
Simon Pegg has criticised the "dumbing down" of cinema. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

Film star Simon Pegg has criticised the "dumbing down" of cinema.

The actor (45) made his name in a string of comedy films such as Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz and is co-writing the new Star Trek movie.

But he told Radio Times magazine that society had become "infantalised" and challenging films had been usurped in the box office by the vacuous.

"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," he said.

"Then suddenly the onus switched over to spectacle and everything changed. I don't know if that is a good thing.

"I'm 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 infantilised 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's a kind of dumbing down because it's taking our focus away from real-world issues. Films used to be about challenging, emotional journeys that might make you walk away and re-evaluate how you felt.

"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."

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