Not long ago a video with the same title as this post appeared on several different sites. The video itself contains only clips from each director’s films with no commentary or opinion in answer to the obvious question;
Scorsese or Kubrick?
Each director is well respected and adorns most people’s lists of the greatest directors of all time. So which director is the best? Since the video does not offer any insight to an answer, and very likely was not the point of the video at all, I will. The answer, of course, is a matter of opinion but I’d like to argue that, as opposed to comparing the two directors on an equal plane, one must first dissect each director’s style. The best way I have ever been able to describe the styles of these two directors is to compare a very sophisticated and complex poem with multiple facets and interpretations to an amazing, more simplistic, page turning novel that keeps the reader enthralled from beginning to end. To fully grasp all of the different aspects of a Stanley Kubrick film, if anyone has actually ever achieved this I do not know, one must watch it multiple times. His films are incredibly complex and thought provoking, and often engage multiple subjects and ideas simultaneously. On the flip side of the coin, the films of Martin Scorsese are beautifully portrayed stories with characters that you feel like you know by the end of the movie. They are often multi-faceted, while remaining accessible with ideas and topics that are fairly easy to spot and understand. Each director is a master of their craft and I am personally a big fan of both. I do not have a favorite between the two. Sorry for still not answering the question, if there is an answer at all.