3 movies from 2021 we’ll talk about for decades

The year has given us great premieres. In the case of ‘Dune’, ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ and ‘Matrix Resurrections’ we have been spectators, for one reason or another, in a revolutionary way of telling stories.


What must a production have to go down in film history? Honestly, nobody knows, but what is clear is that 2021 has left us three films that we will continue to talk about in the following decades. Are Dune, Spider-Man: No Way Home Y Matrix Resurrections. Each of them for different reasons, with their special characteristics and a varied ‘fandom’, but all of them have contributed something that deserves to be valued.

Without needing to be the best films of the year -although some are-, these three titles have in some way marked the cinema of 2021 and have indicated a way forward for other filmmakers in future productions.

‘Dune’: for excelling where others have failed

The literary saga Dune, created by Frank Herbert, has fascinated creators for decades. Since its publication in the 60s, there have been several filmmakers who have approached the story and either decided that it was not a task for them, or they have wanted to take it to the cinema and it has been … regular. David Lynch did it in 1984 and Alejandro Jodorowsky tried it with his particular vision. As they toiled at it, a 14-year-old named Denis Villeneuve read the novel and was engrossed. Decades later, he has released his version of Dune and it has shone.

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“There is enormous pleasure when the images you have achieved are close to what you had in mind as a teenager. It is orgasmic.”, said the filmmaker in an interview. Behind the mammoth Dune there is the passion of a teenager who has managed to make his big dream come true. Villeneuve has spent years shaping the Arrakis universe in his head, and Warner Bros. has given him the opportunity to do so.

His passion is not the only thing that explains the good result on screen. Denis Villeneuve’s cinematographic gaze is unique and he has been proving for years that he is one of the few capable of creating a blockbuster with an author’s stamp. Did it with Blade Runner 2049 and has done it again with Dune, where he handles a big-budget production and a star-studded cast wonderfully well. Everything is ready for Dune 2, the film that will continue the saga and, whatever you do with the second part, you can retire in peace.

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’: for revolutionizing the universe (and multiverse) of Marvel

Spider-Man: No Way Home It has changed the Marvel Cinematic Universe forever and we’re going to tell you why, but if you haven’t seen the movie, run away! many are coming SPOILERS. It is impossible to explain what is new about the third installment of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man without gutting the plot a bit. In short, it opens the door to the multiverse and the possibility of crossing characters and narratives in a way that previously seemed impossible.

Who would have thought a few years ago that we would see the three versions of Spider-Man fight as a team? Seeing Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield alongside Holland’s current Peter Parker was the dream of many fans and Marvel has heard their pleas. It was not the only unexpected cameo. Towards the end, the film left another wink when a bit of the Venom symbiote stayed in the superhero universe, thus bringing together two characters whose union had long been rumored.

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Spider-Man: No Way Home it has been the definitive ‘crossover’ between films of its own saga. It has also laid the groundwork for Marvel’s future, which will be dominated by the multiverse and the threats that arise from it. What was something that we already saw in Spider-Man: A New Universe? Yes, but now it is inside something bigger and it is going to condition everything that comes in Phase IV.

‘Matrix Resurrections’: for taking risks and reinventing the saga

As controversial as it is, we cannot ignore that Matrix Resurrections He has taken a risk in his proposal and has added value to the franchise that will be talked about for a long time. Hollywood is an industry packed with remakes and reboots. Every week an update of an old classic or a new installment of a franchise that refuses to die is released. Lana Wachowski knew the big picture when she started shaping Matrix 4 and has decided to laugh a little.

‘Matrix Resurrections’, a “strange” but “enjoyable” film that bets on self-parody

As the critic and ‘publisher’ of SensaCine Alejandro G. Calvo, Matrix Resurrections it is presented as one of those altar films that extol its own history, at the same time that it criticizes that the studio has almost forced the director to make the film. “Is a car parody that seeks to connect with the viewer, but, at the same time, has a great desire for everything to have credibility and be a film that works by itself. […] It is a very strange mechanism, but, as crazy as it has seemed to me, I think it makes a lot of sense in these times“, says G. Calvo.

The Wachowskis have always taken risks in their stories. “They have had an irregular career, with films that, in their own way, are very daring,” says the critic of SensaCine. With Matrix (1999) used special effects in such a way that they changed the genre forever. After two sequels with their pluses and minuses, the franchise returns completely reinventing itself, without wanting to be simply one more installment. What he proposes is difficult to digest and, although some will remember it as a totally failed film, for others it represents a curious and original cinematographic experiment.

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