First of the five categories of the Cinema selection that we offer you in this new edition of the MaXoE Festival, the Fantasy / Science-Fiction / Action category honors American cinema which largely dominates this genre of films.
Dune, by Denis Villeneuve
The synopsis made in MaXoE : A radiant sun. Then a face with unearthly blue eyes. And a woman’s voice. This voice tells the story of Arrakis, an arid planet coveted for its unique resource, as rare as it is precious: Spices. It also recounts its invasion by House Harkonnen, while the tragic fate of this planet – renamed Dune by its inhabitants, the Fremen – scrolls by like a mirage. And finally, she pronounces a first name: Paul. Paul wakes up with the memory of a dream, that of plains of sand as far as the eye can see. And wars. But was it just a dream?
Criticism made in MaXoE (in full here) : By going completely against the codes of the current blockbuster – as was already the case for the sequel he signed Blade Runner – Denis Villeneuve manages to blur the boundary between blockbuster film and auteur film, to combine form and content, thus recalling certain large frescoes produced in the 1960s such as Lawrence d’Arabie. A filiation that we also find thanks to the original soundtrack signed Hans Zimmer. His music – by saturating the image, by adding to the oppressive feeling of certain scenes and by dressing this desert planet with its incandescent and inhospitable dunes to the point of suffocation – is sometimes reminiscent of that of the film by David Lean. (…)
Whether it is the magnetic presence of Timothée Chalamet (and her hair that haunted the nights of Denis Villeneuve), the filmmaker’s ambitious and unique staging, the choice of grandiose settings or the intelligence of the treatment of the various characters and elements of the plot imagined by Herbertit is difficult to find fault with this master stroke of Denis Villeneuve which deserves all the superlatives. A masterstroke which, almost without a sound, began to lay the foundations for its second part: that of Paul’s tragic destiny, sketching it surreptitiously in some of his dreams.
Dune, directed by Denis Villeneuve. With Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Stellan Skarsgård, Zendaya, Javier Bardem, … Released in our theaters on September 15, 2021.
The Batman, de matt reeves
The official synopsis : Two years of walking the streets as Batman and instilling fear in criminals have brought Bruce Wayne to the heart of the darkness of Gotham City. With only a few trusted allies – Alfred Pennyworth, Lt. James Gordon – among the city’s corrupt network of officials and figures, the lone vigilante has established himself as the sole embodiment of revenge among his fellow citizens. When a killer preys on Gotham’s elite through a series of sadistic schemes, a trail of cryptic clues sends the world’s greatest detective on an investigation into the underworld, where he encounters characters such as Selina Kyle. , aka Catwoman, Oswald Cobblepot, aka the Penguin, Carmine Falcone and Edward Nashton, aka the Riddler. As the evidence mounts and the scope of the culprit’s plans becomes clear, Batman must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit, and restore some semblance of justice amid the abuse of power and corruption plaguing Gotham City. since a long time.
The critics of the press : With a five-star and compelling cast, The Batman of Matt Reeves proves that in the era of the series, the blockbuster can still afford everything in the cinema. Thanks to a film as uncompromising as it is majestic, Matt Reeves achieved the feat of making the best Batman since The Dark Knightgiving a real polish to a universe and characters seen and reviewed.
The Batman, directed by Matt Reeves. With Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Colin Farrell, Jeffrey Wright, Andy Serkis, … Released in our theaters on March 2, 2022.
Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets by David Yates
The official synopsis : Third part of the saga inspired by the work of J.K. Rowling where we continue to follow the adventures of Norbert Dragonneau, the author of the book Fantastic Beasts that Harry Potter studied.
Press reviews : The third film in the saga of fantastic animals is full of suspense and revelations. Even if the scenario sometimes gets lost in its twists and turns, we are carried away by the marvelous universe imagined by J.K. Rowling and the film is full of fantastic action scenes, remarkably served by actors in great shape, Mads Mikkelsen in the lead as Gellert Grindelwald.
Fantastic Beasts : Dumbledore’s Secretsdirected by David Yates. Avec Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Mads Mikkelsen, Alison Sudol, … Released in our theaters on April 13, 2022.
Top Gun: maverick, de joseph kosinski
The official synopsis: After being one of the US Navy’s top fighter pilots for over thirty years, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell continues to push his limits as a test pilot. He refuses to rise in rank, because it would force him to give up flying. He is tasked with training a detachment of young Top Gun school graduates for a special mission that no pilot would have ever imagined. On this mission, Maverick meets Lt. Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw, the son of his late friend, navigator Nick “Goose” Bradshaw. Faced with an uncertain future, haunted by his ghosts, Maverick will have to face his worst nightmares during a mission that will require the greatest of sacrifices.
Press reviews: High-flying action, with unparalleled and unforgettable aerial combat scenes. Top Gun : Maverick allows to Tom Cruise to question his own legend to better affirm that he is the best.
Top Gun Maverick, realized by Joseph Kosinsky. With Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Val Kilmer, … Released in our theaters on May 25, 2022.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, de Sam raimi
The official synopsis: In this new Marvel Studios movie, the Marvel Cinematic Universe unlocks and pushes the boundaries of the Multiverse even further. Journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who with the help of mystical allies old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous realities of the multiverse to face a mysterious new adversary.
Press reviews: While we weren’t expecting much from the MCU, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness manages to surprise by showing that the Marvel superheroes still have unknown territories to explore, and that Sam Raimi always has the sacred fire.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, directed by Sam Raimi. With Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, … Sorti dans nos salles le 4 mai 2022.