As the first of the five cinema selection categories 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 film genre.
Dune, by Denis Villeneuve
summary made in MaXoE : A bright sun. Then a face with scary blue eyes. And a woman’s voice. This voice tells the story of Arrakis, an arid planet coveted for its unique resource that is as rare as it is precious: spices. It also tells of his invasion by House Harkonnen, while the tragic fate of this planet – renamed Dune by its inhabitants, the Fremen – rolls by like a mirage. And finally, she pronounces a first name: Paul. Paul wakes up with the memory of a dream, stretches of sand as far as the eye can see. And wars. But was it just a dream?
criticism made in MaxoE (completely here): By – as with the sequel he signed – completely violating the codes of the current blockbuster blade runner – Denis Villeneuve manages to blur the line between blockbuster film and auteur film, combining form and content and thus reminiscent of certain large frescoes from the 1960s such as Lawrence of Arabia. A lineage that we also find signed thanks to the original soundtrack Hans Zimmer. Its music – saturating the image, increasing the oppressive feeling of certain scenes, and suffocatingly clothing this desert planet with its scorching and barren dunes – is at times reminiscent of that of the film by David Lean. (…)
Whether it’s the magnetic presence of Timothy Chalamet (and her hair that haunted the nights of Denis Villeneuve), the filmmaker’s ambitious and unique staging, the choice of grandiose locations, or the intelligent treatment of the various characters and elements of the plot he devised Herbertit’s difficult to find fault with this masterpiece of anything Denis Villeneuve which deserves all superlatives. A masterpiece that almost silently laid the foundation for his second part: that of Paul’s tragic fate, which he sketched secretly in some of his dreams.
Sand dunes, Directed by Denis Villeneuve. with tImothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Stellan Skarsgård, Zendaya, Javier Bardem, … In cinemas September 15, 2021.
The Batman by Matt Reeves
The official summary : Two years of roaming the streets and scaring criminals as Batman brought Bruce Wayne to the heart of Gotham City’s darkness. With only a few trusted allies – Alfred Pennyworth, Lt. James Gordon – In the city’s corrupt network of officials and personalities, the lone wolf has established himself as the sole embodiment of vengeance among his fellow citizens. When a killer hunts Gotham’s elite through a series of sadistic schemes, a trail of cryptic clues sends the world’s top detective on an investigation into the underworld, where he meets characters like Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman, Oswald Cobblepot, aka the Penguin, Carmine Falcone, and Edward Nashton, also known as the Riddler. As the evidence mounts and the scope of the villain’s plans become clear, Batman must forge new relationships, uncover the villain, and restore some semblance of justice amid the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued Gotham City.
The critics of the press : With a captivating five-star cast, The Batman from Matt Reeves proves that the blockbuster can still afford everything in the age of the series in the cinema. Thanks to a film that is as uncompromising as it is majestic Matt Reeves accomplished the feat of making the best Batman yet The dark knightthat add a real touch to a universe and characters that have been seen and vetted.
The Batman, directed by Matt Reeves. With Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Colin Farrell, Jeffrey Wright, Andy Serkis, … Theatrical release on March 2, 2022.
Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets by David Yates
The official summary : Third part of the saga inspired by the work of JK Rowling where we continue to follow the adventures of Norbert Dragonneau, the author of the book Fantastic Beasts who 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 wonderful universe that is presented to us JK Rowling and the movie is full of fantastic action scenes, remarkably served by actors in great shape, Mads Mikkelsen starring as Gellert Grindelwald.
Fantastic Beasts : Dumbledore’s Secretsdirected by David Yates. HASWith Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Mads Mikkelsen, Alison Sudol, … in cinemas on April 13, 2022.
Top Gun: Loner, by Joseph Kosinski
The official synopsis: After being one of the US Navy’s premier fighter pilots for over thirty years, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell continues to push his limits as a test pilot. He refuses to advance 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 no pilot could ever have imagined. On this mission, Maverick meets Lt. Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw, the son of his late friend, the navigator Nick “Goose” Bradshaw. Faced with an uncertain future haunted by his ghosts, Maverick must face his worst nightmares during a mission that will require the greatest sacrifices.
Press reviews: High-flying action with unrivaled and unforgettable dogfight scenes. Top Gun: Maverick permitted Tom cruise to question his own legend to better confirm that he is the best.
Top Gun Maverick, realized by Joseph Kosinsky. With Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Val Kilmer, … Theatrical release on May 25, 2022.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness by Sam Raimi
The official synopsis: The Marvel Cinematic Universe pushes the boundaries of the multiverse and pushes it even further in this new Marvel Studios film. Journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies old and new, traverses the bewildering and dangerous realities of the multiverse to face a mysterious new foe.
Press reviews: Although we didn’t expect much from it mcu, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness manages to surprise by showing that the Marvel superheroes still have uncharted territories to explore, and that Sam Raimi always has the holy fire.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Directed by Sam Raimi. With Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, … in cinemas on May 4, 2022.