If the film year 2021 was once again marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, films have still stood out from the crowd and should be a milestone in the history of the 7th Art.
Dune: a successful bet, where others have broken their teeth
Frank Herbert’s literary saga Dune has long been deemed unsuitable. However, in 2021, the Canadian Denis Villeneuve achieved the impossible: not only to stage a film in this universe but above all to make it a critical AND public success. Others had not managed to do the same …
The best-known attempt is, of course, that of Alejandro Jodorowsky who, in 1975, begins to work on an adaptation of the first novel. A project of which he co-wrote the storyboard with the designer Mœbius and in which Orson Welles, Salvador Dalí or even Mick Jagger must participate. But, frightened by the estimated budget of the feature film and the temperament of the Chilean director, no American studio accepts to produce the film which is therefore aborted.
Ten years later, it’s David Lynch who delivers his version of Dune. If the filmmaker succeeds, him, to go to the end of his project at the end of a trying filming in Mexico, the result is a bitter failure, which does not convince neither the critics nor the public. There are several versions of the feature film, some of which were denied by Lynch who had his name removed from the credits.
By tackling his own adaptation of the first novel in the Dune saga, Denis Villeneuve therefore had a lot to do. And it is a completely successful bet since the feature film is visually breathtaking and that it conquered the press but also the public which made it one of the biggest successes of 2021. In France, only Spider-Man: No Way Home and Mourir Can Wait drew more spectators.
A craze which pushed Warner to order a sequel to this Dune which only told the first part of the story of Paul Atréides (Timothée Chalamet) and Chani (Zendaya). Dune 2 is scheduled for October 18, 2023.
Spider-Man No Way Home: a revolution in the Marvel universe
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Many dreamed of it and Marvel did: three different Peter Parker appear in Spider-Man: No Way Home. The character played by Tom Holland thus receives the help of the former Spider-Men of cinema, played by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, to defeat the villains that the latter had faced in their past films (those of Sam Raimi and Marc Webb). And it was by introducing the multiverse into the world of the Avengers that Marvel was able to achieve this feat.
What does this mean for the future? That other superheroes seen in works adapted from Marvel comics can be integrated into the MCU thanks to breaches in the multiverse and the possibilities are endless as there have been in the past (the many X-men films, the different versions of the Fantastic 4, the Ghost Rider or the Punisher).
Matt Murdock, aka Daredevil, also appears in the feature film as Charlie Cox proving that the Netflix series devoted to the Defenders are doing well in the MCU as we know it in the cinema and in the Disney + series. Which again opens up a whole bunch of possibilities.
Spider-Man: No Way Home will also go down in history as the film that proved that audiences can still move in dark rooms in droves despite the Covid-19 pandemic. In less than 3 weeks of operation, the feature film is already the 10th biggest success of all time in the United States, and the 12th in the world. Who knows where we will find him at the end of his career?
Matrix Resurrections: a healthy risk-taking
If, unlike No Way Home, Matrix Resurrections is on course to be a resounding box office failure, the feature film Lana Wachowski directed without her sister Lilly at least has the merit of being a changing cinema proposition. of the ordinary.
Hailed by the critics, this fourth episode of the cult saga indeed has a pleasing meta side: the film plays with its sequel status to surf on a past success and questions its usefulness before again drawing viewers into a new Matrix, still alongside Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), filled with old-fashioned references.
And if the result divides the spectators – some seeing it as a masterpiece around a reflection on current Hollywood when others see nothing other than a totally failed disguised reboot – one thing is certain Matrix 4 will continue to do the talking for a long time.