Martin Scorsese is among the majority of people who think Barbenheimer was something “great.”
During a interview with the Hindustani timesthe Oscar-winning director explained that the combination of the drastically different films and the summer box office sensation they created was truly “something special.”
“It seemed like I hate that word, but it was the perfect storm,” he told the publication. “It came at the right time. And most importantly, people went to see it in a theater. And I think that’s wonderful.”
Scorsese admitted he hadn’t seen it Barbie or Oppenheimer not yet, but that he is a fan of both Christopher Nolan and Margot Robbie, and also Killers of the Flower Moon cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, who also shot Greta Gerwig’s record-breaking film.
“As it fit perfectly – a film with such entertainment value, purely because of the bright colors, and a film with such seriousness and power, and virtually about the danger of the end of our civilization – you couldn’t have more opposing films to work together,” he continued. “It offers some hope that a different cinema will emerge, different from what has happened in the last 20 years, apart from the great work being done in independent cinema.”
The filmmaker also defended the somewhat controversial running time of Killers of the Flower Moon, Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Lily Gladstone, Robert De Niro, Brendan Fraser and Jesse Plemons, which clocks in at three hours and 26 minutes.
While Scorsese pointed out that they are not trying to make a blockbuster hit with the AppleTV+ film, he emphasized that it is a film that should be seen on the big screen so that viewers can truly immerse themselves in it.
“People say it’s three o’clock, but come on, you can sit in front of the TV and watch something for five hours,” he said. “There are also many people who watch theater for 3.5 hours. There are real actors on stage, you can’t get up and walk around. Give it that respect, give cinema some respect.
Killers of the Flower Moon can be seen in cinemas from October 20.