Denis Villeneuve says Marvel movies are cut-and-paste versions of previous ones
“Dune” filmmaker says recent superhero movies have turned audiences into zombies a bit
Filmmaker Denis Villeneuve is the latest author to offer his take on superhero movies, especially Marvel ones, saying these movies are quite similar to each other. Villeneuve, the genius filmmaker behind films such as “Prisonniers”, “Sicario”, “Arrival” and “Blade Runner 2049”, is currently promoting his latest feature film “Dune”.
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During his interview with the Spanish newspaper Elmündo, the Canadian filmmaker was asked about the artistic relevance of tentpole cinema or films made with massive budgets.
Villeneuve said the problem in this case appears to be the Marvel movies, which are just the “cut and paste” version of the previous films.
“Maybe the problem is, we’re in front of too many Marvel movies that are nothing more than a ‘cut and paste’ of others. Maybe these types of movies have turned us into zombies a bit…” Villeneuve said. “But big and expensive high-value films are plentiful today. I don’t feel at all capable of being pessimistic,” he added.
The filmmaker said that the films made by his contemporary colleagues Christopher Nolan or Alfonso Cuaron prove that big budget films still enjoy considerable popularity with audiences.
“You only have to think of the golden age of Hollywood to see that commercial films can make a different artistic proposition and, therefore, a political one. I never felt like a loss or an obstacle to have a generous budget to do what I wanted to do. Upside down.
“Who said a big budget movie couldn’t be artistically relevant at the same time? I’m currently thinking of people like Christopher Nolan or Alfonso Cuaron, ”Villeneuve said.
The filmmaker is not alone in his teardown of the Marvel films.
Last year, veteran filmmaker Martin Scorsese ruffled feathers when he said the Marvel movies didn’t serve the purpose of cinema and were more of a theme park adventure.
Villeneuve’s latest film, “Dune”, is a tentpole feature film and is currently due out in the United States on October 22.
An adaptation of 1965 author Frank Herbert’s flagship novel, the film features an ensemble cast of Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan- Brewster, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem.