Over the past few years, Villeneuve has been proving to be one of the most watchable contemporary filmmakers, with work such as Incendies, Prisoners, Enemy, Sicario and Arrival (all release within the last seven years) cementing his reputation as, if not a master, certainly a consistently excellent craftsman. So what makes him so damn good?
Fortunately for us, we don’t have to think about it because this wonderful video essay, from the folk over at Channel Criswell, has thought about it for us, and has presented all those thoughts in an entertaining and coherent way. Because that’s internet. One minute you’re downloading Game of Thrones, the next minute you’re looking up a lasagne recipe, the next minute you’re buying a book and then, all of a sudden, you’re watching a fun video that’s telling you why Denis Villeneuve is such an important filmmaker. Internet.