Filmmaker Denis Villeneuve is the latest scribe to offer his opinion on superhero films, especially those coming out of Marvel. He recently stated that these movies are quite similar to one another. Villeneuve, the Canadian filmmaker behind marvelous movies such as Prisoners, Sicario, Arrival, and Blade Runner 2049, is currently promoting his latest feature film Dune.
During his interview with the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, the genius filmmaker was asked about the artistic significance of tentpole cinema or movies made on massive budgets. Villeneuve stated in response that the problem, in this case, seems to be Marvel movies, which are just the “cut and paste” version of earlier films.
Villeneuve stated, “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. Perhaps these types of movies have turned us into zombies a bit…” He added, “But big and expensive movies of great value there are many today. I don’t feel capable of being pessimistic at all.” The filmmaker also said that the movies made by his fellow contemporaries Christopher Nolan or Alfonso Cuaron prove that big-budget movies still enjoy substantial popularity among the audiences.
He said, “Just think of the golden age of Hollywood to see that commercial films can make a different artistic proposal and, therefore, political. I have never felt like a loss or an impediment to having a generous budget to do what I wanted to do. Upside down.” Villeneuve further added, “Who said that a movie on a big budget can’t be artistically relevant at the same time? I am currently thinking of people like Christopher Nolan or Alfonso Cuaron.”
The filmmaker is not alone in his knockdown of Marvel movies. Last year, veteran filmmaker Martin Scorsese had opined that Marvel films don’t serve the purpose of movies and are rather a theme park adventure.
Villeneuve’s latest movie Dune is slated to release in the US on October 22. The tentpole feature is an adaptation of author Frank Herbert’s seminal 1965 novel. the film has an ensemble cast of Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, and Josh Brolin. The cast also includes – Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem.