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Guillermo del Toro Defends Scorsese Against Hostile Critical Essay

Guillermo del Toro defends Martin Scorsese after an “offensive, cruel and ill-intentioned” essay slammed him as a “self-indulgent” director.


Guillermo del Toro defends Martin Scorsese in light of a very critical essay. The former is a Mexican filmmaker whose most critically-acclaimed films include Pan’s Labyrinth and the Best Picture winner The Shape of Water, though he’s also helmed Hollywood tentpoles like Blade II, Hellboy, and Pacific Rim. Del Toro’s most recent film is Nightmare Alley, and he also has a stop-motion Pinocchio movie on the way.

Scorsese is a similarly accomplished filmmaker and a legend within the world of cinema. His filmography includes multiple collaborations with Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio, many of which are widely regarded as masterpieces. Apparently, his films aren’t for everyone as The Critic recently published an essay by Sean Egan that criticized Scorsese as an “uneven talent” whose “fame, prestige, and self-indulgence” as a director has “debased his talent.” The author claims Taxi Driverlacks momentum or moral,” Raging Bull is “bad filmmaking,” and The Wolf of Wall Street and The Irishman are “achingly slow.”

Now, one famous filmmaker is coming to another’s defense. Guillermo del Toro took to Twitter to slam the critical essay as “offensive, cruel and ill-intentioned” since it is littered with “misconceptions, sloppy inaccuracies and hostile adjectives not backed by an actual rationale.”

Martin Scorsese’s Impact On Movies Explained

Of course, film is a subjective art form and in turn, so is film criticism. Therefore, the author has every right to express his criticism of Scorsese, as does del Toro in calling his opinions “offensive, cruel and ill-intentioned.” What isn’t up for debate is Scorsese’s incredible influence on cinema itself, which the critical essay often overlooks. During the 1970s and early 1980s, Scorsese emerged as a major figure in the New Hollywood movement, which transferred power from the film studios to auteurs. Goodfellas, which even the essay recognizes is a masterpiece, helped legitimize the use of graphic violence and profanity perhaps more than any other film.

In addition to his impact on movies, Scorsese’s love of cinema is simply unparalleled. He recently expressed his opinions on the current state of the film industry, famously saying Marvel movies are not cinema. Scorsese has also been an outspoken champion of del Toro. Last year, he urged audiences to go out to theaters and see the “lovingly and passionately craftedNightmare Alley, which needed a boost opening against Spider-Man: No Way Home. Guillermo del Toro likely remembered the support and that is why he was compelled to come out in defense of his fellow filmmaker Martin Scorsese in light of an unfairly harsh essay.

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