DAVID CRONENBERG calls ‘THE DARK KNIGHT’ movies boring, verbally impales the genre.
Well shit. You have to hand it to David Cronenberg. Dude isn’t afraid to come out of the gate spitting hot fire everywhere, mercilessly mowing down pop culture sacred cows. Even though I disagree with the dude, fuck it. He has earned his place in my heart, and even if I disagree I have to respect the man’s musings.
For those of you have queued up to see “The Dark Knight Rises” three or four times now, and are ready to proclaim it as a filmmaking masterwork, David Cronenberg has got a news flash for y’all. “A superhero movie, by definition, you know, it’s comic book. It’s for kids. It’s adolescent in its core,” Cronenberg recently told Next Movie. “That has always been its appeal, and I think people who are saying ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is, you know, supreme cinema art, I don’t think they know what the fuck they’re talking about.” Looks like the director brought some burn sauce with him from Canada on his press rounds for “Cosmopolis.”
Perhaps he’s still a bit upset about “Eastern Promises 2” getting scuttled, or maybe just the mood in Hollywood these days put him off, but the filmmaker didn’t hold back, proclaiming that one of Nolan’s earliest movies is still his best. “Christopher Nolan’s best movie is ‘Memento,’ and that is an interesting movie. I don’t think his Batman movies are half as interesting, though they’re 20 million times the expense,” he said. And he’s not entirely wrong. In fact, in our recent retrospective of Nolan’s films, we said that “it could be argued that it’s the director’s most complete film to date.”
However, Cronenberg does admire one aspect of Nolan’s expensive tentpoles. “What he is doing is some very interesting technical stuff, which, you know, he’s shooting IMAX and in 3-D. That’s really tricky and difficult to do. I read about it in ‘American Cinematography Magazine,’ and technically, that’s all very interesting,” he said, before adding a last jab. “The movies, to me, they’re mostly boring.”