Russo Brothers Defend Stream Movies, ‘Theater Is A Sacred Space, That’s Bullshit’
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, streaming has taken a big step forward. With no one entering movie theaters, movie studios have focused on productions that people can enjoy from the comfort of their homes. Some filmmakers have been wholeheartedly against the idea with directors like Christopher Nolan refusing to allow their films to go straight to streaming. Other filmmakers don’t really have a problem with the pivot and have even come out in favor of streaming. More recently, Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo have ventured into streaming with movies like Cherry and those of Netflix The gray man. Now directors are defending the option while calling out directors who think movies should only be in theaters.
“I hate being juvenile on this level. We love everything about classic cinema, but we’ve never been precious about it in any way,” Anthony said. The Hollywood Reporter. “What always excites us the most is [the question], how to move it forward? It’s part of our philosophy in terms of not being precious on theatrical distribution. How to get out of old models? How do you reach audiences that have never been engaged before? That’s what interests us the most.”
“Artist cinema is 50 years old at this point. It was conceived in the 70s. We grew up on it. We were children, it was very important to us. But we are also aware that the world has to change and the more we try to keep it from changing, the more chaos we create. It is no place to reject the ideas of the next generation. We are in crisis right now because everyone is at war with each other. It’s sad to see, because guys who grew up love movies. One thing to remember too is that it’s an elitist notion of being able to go to the theater. is fucking expensive. So this idea that’s been created – that we cling to – that the theater is a sacred space, that’s bullshit. And he rejects the idea of allowing everyone to step into the tent. Where digital distribution is valuable, aside from what I said earlier about how it has pushed for diversity, is that people can share accounts; they can get 40 stories for the cost of one story. But having some kind of culture war about whether there’s value in that or that’s no shit to us.” Joe Russo added.
While the directors aren’t expected to return to Marvel Studios to helm a new superhero project, they’ve been quite vocal about what it will take for them to return. The latest Marvel Studios movie to hit theaters is Thor: Love and Thunder. The studio describes it as follows: “The film finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) on an unprecedented journey – a quest for inner peace. But his retreat is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi), and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who – to Thor’s surprise – inexplicably wields her magic hammer, Mjolnir, as Mighty Thor. Together they embark on a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s revenge and stop him before it’s too late.
Thor: Love and Thunder is exclusively in theaters now!
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