Denis Villeneuve, director of Dune, gave his point of view on Marvel-branded feature films.
Since Martin Scorsese criticized Marvel, many artists have stepped into the breach to give their point of view as well. Recently, Paul Schrader and James Gunn have taken a stand, continuing to fuel debate and controversy.
This time, it’s Denis Villeneuve’s turn to bring his stone to the building. Asked by the magazine First, the director of Dune criticized (rather gently) Marvel.
If we’re talking about Marvel, the thing is, all of these films are made from the same mold.
“For me, the very notion of an ‘auteur film’ is overused. As long as you feel a personality in a project, that it is an artistic object and that there is a will at work, it is It’s not a question of money. But how we approach cinema. The problem today… Well, if we’re talking about Marvel, the thing is, all these films are made according to the same mold. filmmakers can add a little color to it, but they’re all molded in the same factory. It doesn’t detract from the films, but they’re formatted. “, underlines the Canadian.
Villeneuve then explains his proposal by evoking his approach concerning Dune, currently in theaters:
“Dune is extremely personal. Whether it cost 3 million or 300 million, whether there is a Dune movie or three. I fully claim its authorship. I tried to make the most popular movie possible. all, unlike the previous ones, which were all in an adult “space.” Too violent. There, I thought of the young audience, I opened the windows, I tried to be mainstream. The very nature of the novel, which is addressed to everyone and especially to young adolescents. I tried to be more rhythmic, more accessible. I loved doing that “, says the director.
Obviously, these statements about Marvel have ignited the web. On Twitter, Neill Blomkamp, director of District 9 and Elysium, reacted strongly, insulting Denis Villeneuve.
After the outcry aroused by his tweet, the filmmaker returned to his reaction a little too skinny. “It was sarcasm, I love Denis Villeneuve”, he explained, defusing the controversy.
Note that the director is currently preparing District 10, a sequel to District 9. On the Marvel side, The Eternals will be the next MCU film to hit theaters. It will be on November 3rd.