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“Did a Marvel fan write that?”: After Guillermo del Toro, Internet Comes to Defend Martin Scorsese, Claim the Hit Piece Seemed Extremely Intentional to Take Down the Legend

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Every once in a while, the circle of the popular crowd, the likes of Martin Scorsese, no less, get their names picked and set as a target of senseless bullying and harassment that takes one back to the schoolyard immaturity. Without cause and reason and fueled by mock confidence, the pseudo-intellectual paparazzi vie for a touch of greatness by attempting to pull down those already believed to be great. The Critic hit piece, penned by Sean Egan, does the same.

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Martin Scorsese charged with cinematic self-indulgence and debased talents by film critic

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The Martin Scorsese Hit Piece Withers Under Irrelevance

It is surprising to think that one would find the resources to write an extensive piece documenting the failures and shortcomings of Martin Scorsese. But the resources were found and the piece was penned under Sean Egan’s byline. While Egan titled his quasi-pretentious article, “Martin Scorsese: rinse and repeat self-indulgence”, The Critic captioned the Twitter post saying, “Martin Scorsese has always been an uneven talent, writes Sean Egan, and fame and prestige have added self-indulgence.”

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The Martin Scorsese hit piece published by The Critic journalist, Sean Egan

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While the article goes on to pick and deconstruct each of the director’s creations, the author remains careful not to debase the “debased” director too much. As a result, Scorsese, in Egan’s eyes becomes “one of history’s all-time greats”, “reasonably entertaining”, “speckled with genuine greatness”, “a fine meditation”, and “truly magnificent”. When the article manages to stop throwing paltry and generic appreciations at the director, it overflows with overused and irrelevant criticism like a vindictive villain obsessed with Scorsese and every adjective in the English language. Sean Egan then ironically goes on to claim, “It’s also akin to obsessive-compulsive disorder.”

According to the ‘qualified critic opinion’ of the author of the hit piece, Martin Scorsese “doesn’t understand his own talent”. Apparently, the industry forgot to mail Egan the memo when certain directors decided they preferred a specific set of actors to others. This trait of the director seems simply lazy to him and connotative of “ill-discipline”. Egan, then, after yards of long and convoluted assertions about Scorsese’s self-indulgence, stakes a sudden claim that “thoughtfulness and rationalism suffuse every single one of [MCU films]” and that “the vigilante nature of superheroes and costumed crime fighters is subject to profound questioning.”

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Guillermo del Toro comes out of the woodwork to defend Martin Scorsese

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Guillermo del Toro Joins the Crowd in Slamming the Hit Piece

Guillermo del Toro has directly and concisely leveled back at The Critic‘s comically inexperienced hit piece aimed at taking down Martin Scorsese. The former’s veracity in articulating what makes the piece irrelevant has reinstated why the greats are equipped to handle whatever tantrum the world levies at them.

The only thing now left for del Toro to complete his monologue would be a resounding mic drop. On the other hand, the crowd, appalled and angered at the amateurish attempts of the article, finds their own words to lance the withering piece that does nothing to contribute and everything to insult.

Even as the article rises like a simmering underdog waiting to take a bite out of the object of its oppressor, the only invasive force that works to offend one’s sentimentalities is that of the unasked-for and unwarranted opinions of The Critic author. Even without his glorified critique of what Martin Scorsese has or hasn’t accomplished, the article, by its relentless ending, reads like a childish attempt by one Marvel enthusiast trying to set the record straight by whining about Scorsese’s “uneven” talents, whatever those may be.

Source: Twitter: @RealGDT

Written by Diya Majumdar

At 25, Diya Majumdar is inching closer to getting to the bottom of every film and television's history in existence. Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, DU, her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema, with more than 800 published articles on Fandomwire. She is a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh and boasts of being an avid painter of all their troubled works.