Vader Immortal is what a ‘theme park film’ actually looks like, and it’s great
If you hang out on the internet, you may be familiar with a certain ongoing fight over big-budget superhero movies that all traces back to an interview in which director Martin Scorsese called Marvel movies “theme park films.” Scorsese meant the comment negatively, contrasting MCU films with “real” cinema. But as I played Vader Immortal, a virtual reality Star Wars series that concluded this week, I realized that “theme park” is the perfect term for it. And here, that’s not an insult.
Vader Immortal is a short-form narrative VR game for the Oculus Quest and Rift headsets, written by screenwriter David S. Goyer. It’s composed of three episodes, each of which lasts less than an hour, although there’s a non-narrative “lightsaber dojo” for…