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'It's hilarious': Fans divided after Quentin Tarantino calls 'current movie era' as the 'worst in Hollywood history'

In a recent interview, Quentin Tarantino said that the current era of movies is the 'worst' and fans are pretty divided
UPDATED NOV 17, 2022
Director Quentin Tarantino (Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images for RFF)
Director Quentin Tarantino (Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images for RFF)

Quentin Tarantino is one of the few filmmakers who don’t shy away from sharing their honest views on the industry and how it’s working these days. The legendary director has once again shared his thoughts on the current era of cinema and it is surely going to make some people really uncomfortable because Tarantino believes that the state of modern filmmaking isn’t exactly marvelous.

The aforementioned filmmaker is known for directing some of the greatest movies of all time, including ‘Pulp Fiction’, ‘Reservoir Dogs’, ‘Inglorious Bastards’, ‘Kill Bill’, ‘Django Unchained’, and most recently, ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’. He is also one of the most influential personalities working in the industry right now and whenever he comes out with a take on the current state of filmmaking, it turns out to be massive news, and this time it’s no different.


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While making an appearance in a recent episode of The Video Archives Podcast (via NME), the 59-year-old director had a conversation about various aspects of filmmaking and also talked about the modern era of filmmaking. During the conversation, Tarantino noted that the current era of movies is “the worst in Hollywood history” and also gave his thoughts on the movies produced in the 1980s and the 50s.

Director Quentin Tarantino receives the Lifetime Achievement Award during the Quentin Tarantino close encounter during the 16th Rome Film Fest 2021 on October 19, 2021 in Rome, Italy.
Director Quentin Tarantino receives the Lifetime Achievement Award during the Quentin Tarantino close encounter during the 16th Rome Film Fest 2021 on October 19, 2021 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for RFF)

“Even though the ‘80s was the time that I probably saw more movies in my life than ever – at least as far as going out to the movies was concerned – I do feel that ‘80s cinema is, along with the ‘50s, the worst era in Hollywood history. Matched only by now, matched only by the current era!” Tarantino said during the conversation.

His recent remarks come a few weeks after he slammed the movies from Marvel in particular and gave his thoughts on why he will never direct a Marvel film. Talking to the Los Angeles Times, the filmmaker noted that Marvel directors are “hired hands” and the reason he will never direct a Marvel movie is that he is “not looking for a job.”

Fans are divided as some believe Tarantino is right while others are not taking him seriously

The filmmaker’s recent comments on the current era of movies being the “worst” have divided social media in a lot of ways. Some believe that Tarantino is right in saying that while others named some movies that have conquered the box office through their content. One of the users wrote, “Hollywood used to be about films and cinema. Now it’s filled with DC, Star Wars, and Marvel BLOCKBUSTERS that are not cinema. Even I, as a comic nerd, see his point.” Another social media user wrote, “He’s not wrong. Sequels, prequels, and remakes that nobody really wants. Most of them ruining stuff we loved in the original movies.”




“He’s not wrong. Most modern blockbusters are either cookie cutter sludge that avoids tackling serious, well-constructed drama, or a watered down reboot, remake, or a sequel of a once beloved story that lacks what made it special, to begin with,” wrote another user.

Meanwhile, there were some who criticized Tarantino’s take and call his remarks "hilarious." One user noted, “It’s hilarious that he thinks this. Because for every ‘Taxi Driver’ or ‘The Godfather’, there were 10 other awful movies made in Hollywood during that same era. For every ‘Alien’ or ‘Predator’, there were 10 other awful monster movies made during that era.” Another user wrote, “I do wonder why directors of their caliber feel the need to CONTINUOUSLY bring up movies they think so little of, yet (in this modern era) regularly outperform theirs. If they dislike them so much, I would think they’d bring it up once then refuse to bring it up again.”




On the other hand, a user just mentioned some recent movies and noted how wrong Tarantino is. The user said, “Imagine being this wrong. ‘The Batman’, ‘Top Gun: Maverick’, and ‘Elvis’ literally came out this year.”

Superhero movies have been dominating the box office for a while now and most of the highest-grossing movies of recent times have come from the superhero genre. However, movies like ‘Top Gun: Maverick’, ‘Elvis’, ‘Smile’, and ‘Nope’ raked in big numbers upon their release and reassured that viewers are watching movies with good content and good storylines rather than just a CGI fest.

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 Tom Cruise in 'Top Gun: Maverick' (Paramount Pictures)

For a change, this year’s highest-grossing movie is not a superhero movie. Tom Cruise’s ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ is still at the top and earned more than $1.4 billion at the global box office with ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ being the second movie of the year raking in more than $1 billion worldwide.