James Gunn Isn’t Happy
“Whatever the case, the truth is, popular fare in any medium has always been snubbed by the self-appointed elite. I’ve already won more awards than I ever expected for Guardians. What bothers me slightly is that many people assume because you make big films that you put less love, care, and thought into them then people do who make independent films or who make what are considered more serious Hollywood films.
I’ve made B-movies, independent films, children’s movies, horror films, and gigantic spectacles. I find there are plenty of people everywhere making movies for a buck or to feed their own vanity. And then there are people who do what they do because they love story-telling, they love cinema, and they want to add back to the world some of the same magic they’ve taken from the works of others. In all honesty, I do no find a strikingly different percentage of those with integrity and those without working within any of these fields of film.
If you think people who make superhero movies are dumb, come out and say we’re dumb. But if you, as an independent filmmaker or a ‘serious’ filmmaker, think you put more love into your characters than the Russo Brothers do Captain America, or Joss Whedon does the Hulk, or I do a talking raccoon, you are simply mistaken.”
I have to agree with James Gunn. Just because you make a movie of a certain genre it doesn’t make the dedication to that project any more or any less. Coming from someone who has shot a bunch of shorts and a couple semi-feature length indie movies, making something takes putting your whole heart into it. Just because James Gunn decided to make a movie (which I thought was one of the best of the year) about super heroes doesn’t mean his heart and soul wasn’t in the movie and characters that he brought to life. When i go see a movie, I take into account all the hard work it went into making that movie and where the director was going with it. I never hastily judge a movie, because who am I to demean an artists work? I guess that’s what I’m not the toughest critic.