James Gunn came out ranting on Facebook earlier today after the Oscar Awards completely snubbed superhero movies. This is not a surprise, for it is clear that those who are running the Oscars seem to lack any amount of humor.
Now, we agree with the majority of what Gunn had to say in his rant, but things got interesting when he mentioned himself and the talking raccoon. I have to say, Guardians of the Galaxy was a fun film, but it is not Oscar quality by any means. It was so cheesy, at times I felt a bit of cringe when watching certain scenes.
Furthermore, the story was weak and lacked substance, and this is what James Gunn would have loved to be nominated for an Oscar. This guy can't be serious, can he? Unfortunately, he is.
"If you think people who make superhero movies are dumb, come out and say we're dumb," says Gunn. "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."
On the matter of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it's an excellent film, far better than Guardians of the Galaxy, and should have been nominated for something, but not best picture.
Personally, I do not believe in truth that the Oscar folks are snubbing comic book movies because they view folks who venture down this path as dumb or anything disrespectful. In fact, I believe the majority of comic book movies are not well done overall.
Comic book movies, especially those coming from Marvel Studios, are filled with cheesy moments and terrible storytelling. Yes, they are fun to watch, and they bring in the big bucks, but a lot needs to change before these movies can be considered Oscar-worthy.
Certainly many fanboys will disagree with me, and so be it. However, I stand behind my belief 100 percent when I say Guardians of the Galaxy is overly cheesy and has a terrible story to boot. James Gunn saying comic-book movie directors are not dumb is true, but maybe he believes the viewers are too stupid to enjoy and understand good story telling.