Danny Boyle Claims 'Pixarification' of Movies is Killing 'Adult Movies'
I love Danny Boyle. He's a bloody brilliant filmmaker that makes very unique movies. His latest is Trance, which hit theaters back in April, and it's very much an "adult movie" with a complex characters, violence, and full frontal nudity to boot. Ever since Steven Soderbergh gave his very poignant speech about the "State of Cinema", the industry has been abuzz in discussion on Hollywood and cinema. Our friends at SlashFilm found this recent interview clip with Boyle from VodkasterOfficiel where he makes an interesting claim: thanks to the "Pixarification" (he explains what that means in the video and it isn't a diss to Pixar) the "adult movie" is going away. He makes a convincing argument referencing cinema of the 70's as a starting point.
My thoughts are that he is kind of right, but that's not to say "adult movies" still don't exist. I would say challenging cinema like Cloud Atlas, which at least got a strong release from Warner Bros, or Trance, Zero Dark Thirty or The Place Beyond the Pines still fit that "adult movie" mold and do end up being seen. But there are less and less of them and films like Cloud Atlas don't earn enough for them to keep supporting more of them. I do, however, still love Star Wars and Pixar movies and 70's movies and today's movies. But, hopefully, more complex adult stories will start to emerge again in the near future. We've interviewed Boyle many times before for Trance, 127 Hours and Slumdog Millionaire. What do you think of his claim?