Denis Villenueve, the famous director of films that are already cult such as The Arrival, Blade Runner 2049, Sicario, and the new film adaptation of Dune, which opens this Friday, September 18, is the latest filmmaker to go against the movies from Marvel.
Villenueve offers an opinion similar to that of Martin Scorsese, which at the time compared it to amusement parks, although his words, which come out of an interview in Empire magazine, were taken from mother. “Honestly, what they remind me of the most, with how well done they are and the good work of the actors despite the circumstances, is theme parks.”
Now, in an interview with El Mundo as part of the promotional tour of Dune, the director explains that “perhaps the problem is that we are in front of too many Marvel movies that are nothing more than a cut and paste of others”. It does not end there, then he says that “Maybe these kinds of movies have turned us into zombies a bit.”
Of course, the declaration of Denis Villenueve is the answer to a question where Scorsese is directly referenced. The interviewer recalls that the legendary director said that Marvel movies have “no cinematic value”, statements, which in reality, he never made.
In fact Scorsese, weeks later published an article in the New York Times, where he tried to better clarify what he came to say to Empire. For the director, the problem, more than the movies, is the oversize of commercial cinema. Also the increasingly precarious state of independent films and theaters:
The reason is simple. Currently, in many places in the United States and the world, franchise films are your first choice if you want to see something in the cinema. This is a precarious time for showing, and there are fewer independent theaters than ever. The equation has been turned upside down and live broadcasting has become the main display system. However, I still do not know of any filmmaker who does not want to make films to be shown on the big screen, in front of an audience.
Not only Denis Villenueve or Martin Scorsese
Francis Ford-Coppola or Ken loach They also harshly criticized the films from the House of Ideas. But none have had as much impact as Scorsese’s. Now what Denis Villenueve He has jumped on the train of criticism of the commercial superhero cinema. We will see if in a couple of weeks he publishes a clarification or apology. At the end of the day, everyone can make the movies they like best. We the audience have the option of seeing it or not.
Dune is a masterpiece, we confirm it in our review written by César Noragueda, who considers that this Yes it is the adaptation of the novel by Frank Herbert that we were waiting for. The movie or director doesn’t need to criticize a movie franchise to get attention.