Film star Simon Pegg has criticised the “dumbing down” of cinema.
The actor, 45, made his name in a string of comedy films such as Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz and is co-writing the new Star Trek movie.
But he told Radio Times magazine that society had become “infantalised” and that challenging films had been usurped in the box office by the vacuous.
Despite his reputation as a poster boy for geeks, he told Radio Times magazine: “Before Star Wars, the films that were box-office hits were The Godfather, Taxi Driver, Bonnie And Clyde and The French Connection - gritty, amoral art movies. Then suddenly the onus switched over to spectacle and everything changed...I don’t know if that is a good thing.”
Pegg, who played chief engineer Scotty in the recent Star Trek films, added: “Obviously I’m very much a self-confessed fan of science fiction and genre cinema but part of me looks at society as it is now and just thinks we’ve been infantilised by our own taste.
“Now we’re essentially all consuming very childish things - comic books, superheroes. Adults are watching this stuff, and taking it seriously. It is a kind of dumbing down, in a way, because it’s taking our focus away from real-world issues.”