In defense of theme parks and the artists who create them
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In defense of theme parks and the artists who create them

last year, earning hundreds of billions of dollars for their owners. People are willing to spend that kind of money because theme parks deliver powerful emotional, physiological, and psychological experiences that connect and engage them. But the adoration of millions of fans still hasn’t been enough to win theme parks the respect they deserve from all others who work in the creative community. Academy Award-winning film director Martin Scorsese last week responded to a question from Empire magazine about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in which he managed to disparage both Marvel movies and the theme park industry. “I don’t see them. I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema. Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks. It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.” The most charitable way to view Scorsese’s response is as a sharply targeted clapback against Disney. Unique among major studios, Disney shies away from producing the type of stand-alone film stories that Scorsese has built his universally admired career upon. While Disney CEO Bob Iger now […]

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