Many moviegoers adore the altar of Christopher Nolan, convinced that man can do nothing wrong. It turns out that Denis Villenueve is one of them, with the Dune director recently praised his contemporary.
Villenueve even went so far as to label Principle a masterpiece, even though a 70% score on Rotten Tomatoes makes it the lowest-rated film of its entire career, not to mention its lowest salary since Prestige fifteen years ago, although the pandemic obviously had a huge say in the action thriller’s box office performance.
The love between the two meticulous, cerebral, and Oscar-nominated talents continues, with Nolan positively gushing in his praise of Dune during an appearance on The Director’s Cut podcast.
“This is one of the most seamless marriages of live action photography and computer generated visual effects that I have seen. It’s very, very compelling at every turn. His whole team did an absolutely incredible job. I think this movie is going to introduce a whole new generation of fans to Dune who have never read the book or encourage fans to go read the book. I think it’s amazing work. I have had the luxury of seeing it several times now, and every time I watch it I discover new things, new details in the world. The way it’s done is for the big screen. It is a real pleasure and a real gift for moviegoers around the world.
Maybe the two can get together over coffee to discuss their mutual love for complex storytelling and ambitious blockbuster-scale world building while doing some digging at Warner Bros. in the process of sending the entire list of 2021 releases directly to streaming.
Nolan and Villenueve are similar in many thematic and stylistic ways, so it was inevitable that they would publicly declare themselves fans of each other’s work at some point, with Principle and Dune turns out to be the catalyst.