This is an area of film that Scorcese is most welcome to venture into again, and I sincerely hope he does.
His work has seen him brush against the PG-rating with previous titles such as THE BIG BLUE and THE FIFTH ELEMENT proving to be suitable amongst teen audiences. But it was his random hit ARTHUR AND THE MINIMOYS and it's two direct-to-video sequels that showcased his versatility and natural ability to reach a wide demographic.
But it was his bold and visceral journey to OZ that earns him a position in this article. Met with critical division, the film marks his first attempt to reach a young audience and explores the backstory to one of Hollywood's most beloved films. Personally speaking, as a devoted L Frank Baum fan, I place a lot of merit in his OZ THE GREAT ANT POWERFUL and would have loved to see him follow it up with another. But of course more horror too!!
Of course this is an illness not to be taken lightly, yet Coppola and Co. set about making a light hearted family film that sought to bring joy to an otherwise horrible condition. Nevertheless the movie has its moments and shouldn't be taken seriously. Coppola earned himself a reprieve and his efforts in making a family film don't reflect poorly on his artistry.
Dealing with the ongoing issue of bullying the film tackles the subject with honesty and chronicles a sincere and endearing coming-of-age story that will connect with many of its susceptible young viewers. It provides a valuable point of discussion for parents to have and also presents a genuinely fun adventure in the meantime. A very underrated film to say the least.
The film explores the Celtic folklore of the selkie (a creature that is half seal and half human), and while the subject lends itself to ridicule and facetiousness, Sayles handled the material with the same dramatic urgency that he applies to everything else be makes. The result is a beautiful film suitable for all ages.
Of course there are plenty more filmmakers who could be added to this list. Here's just some of the many directors who broke away from their adult audiences to make movies targeted exclusively to kids.
And here lies the conversation... who are some more names you would add to this list?? And more importantly, who are some R-rated directors you would LOVE to see making kids flicks?? Quentin Tarantino perhaps? Or maybe David Cronenberg?? What about James Wan, Kimberly Peirce, David Fincher or Kathryn Bigelow?
Author: Glenn Cochrane.