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Matt Damon criticises superhero movies and streaming services

Matt Damon said in a recent interview that superhero movies and OTT services are changing the movie-viewing experience

Akshay Krishna
Aug 02, 2021
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Hollywood actor Matt Damon, who has starred in several big films including the Bourne franchise and The Martian, says that he believes that streaming and superheroes are ruining movies.

The Oscar-winning actor, who has been lauded for his variety of characters across genres, made this claim in a recent interview with The Sunday Times.

In the interview, lamenting his children are more interested in their phones than movies, he pointed out that the new generation watches movies differently to how he did and that movies are not going to be part of the next generation. “How can you watch a movie if you are texting? As someone who makes movies, I can’t say I like that,” said Damon.

Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting

He talked about the plummeting home video sales and the gradual rise of streaming-led studios to make movies that have an international appeal and this gave rise to the superhero phenomenon. 

“If you want a movie to travel the world you want the least amount of cultural confusion. You know who is good and who is bad,” said Damon, in the interview. 

Damon is not the first filmmaker to criticise this style of superhero filmmaking or the superhero genre. A lengthy list of filmmakers have made their points before like Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Ken Loach, Ridley Scott, Alenjandro G Inarritu and Jennifer Aniston to name a few. 

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