What The Hell is Wrong With Movies, According to 'Mindhunter' Director David Fincher
David Fincher might currently be focusing on TV with Mindhunter, but he's still had the time to explain what's wrong with movies these days.
Fincher—whose last movie was Gone Girl in 2014 and whose next is set to be World War Z's sequel—told The Financial Times the one thing that annoys him about films, even the ones he makes.
"There's no time for character in movies. No, now. Look at All The President's Men—everything is character. Now, movies are about saving the world from destruction," he explained.
"There aren't a lot of scenes in movies, even the ones I get to make, where anyone gets to muse about the why. It's mostly the ticking clock."
Fincher added that although there are people still "fighting the good fight", the problem with studio movies is that most of them are working from an established formula, which doesn't have room for character.
"There are executives there who are friends of mine. But if you want to make studio movies, you stay in their lanes, which are romantic comedy, affliction Oscar bait, Spandex summer, superhero tentpole, moderately budgeted sequel," he claimed.
That being said, Fincher does think "cinema isn't dead"—it's just changed.
"The place is still filled with kids, it's just they're all on their phones. It's a social event like a bonfire, and the movie is the bonfire. It's why people gather but it's not actually there to be looked at. Because the bonfire is always the same," he concluded.
As well as the World War Z sequel, Fincher is currently working on Mindhunter season two, recently teasing the first details about the next season.
From: Digital Spy
This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk.
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