76-year-old Oliver Stone is the latest old school director to tell new movies like John Wick 4 and the Marvel films to get off his dang lawn.
Stone is in good company when it comes to saying things like that.
Martin Scorcese blasted the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2019, saying they are “not cinema.”
Several Hollywood folks like James Gunn, Joss Whedon, Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Downey Jr. disagreed.
In 2022, Francis Ford Coppola said in an interview, “There used to be studio films. Now there are Marvel pictures. And what is a Marvel picture? A Marvel picture is one prototype movie that is made over and over and over and over and over again to look different.”
Now it’s Oliver Stone’s turn.
“I saw John Wick 4 on the plane. Talk about volume. I think the film is disgusting beyond belief,” Stone said in a new interview with Variety. “Disgusting. I don’t know what people are thinking.
“Maybe I was watching G.I. Joe when I was a kid. But [Keanu Reeves] kills, what, three, four hundred people in the f****** movie. And as a combat veteran, I gotta tell you, not one of them is believable. I realize it’s a movie, but it’s become a video game more than a movie.”
John Wick actually kills 151 people in the fourth installment of the popular film franchise – a new record!
“It’s lost touch with reality,” Stone continued. “The audience perhaps likes the video game. But I get bored by it. How many cars can crash? How many stunts can you do? What’s the difference between Fast and Furious and some other film? It’s just one thing after another. Whether it’s a super-human Marvel character or just a human being like John Wick, it doesn’t make any difference. It’s not believable.”
Then again, as Stone also said in the same interview, “People in showbiz are idiots.”