Mike Portnoy’s review published on Letterboxd:
Denis Villeneuve proves once again why he’s one of the best in the biz these days (been following his work since Polytechnic and Incendies)
I must admit, I was weary to see this as it’s the only film my cineGod David Lynch ever made (back in the 80’s) that I couldn’t even make it through…I was fearing a similar reaction to the new version
But I took the plunge knowing that at the very least it would be a visual feast as is all of Villeneuve’s films (while I was also a little disappointed one of his frequent collaborators Roger Deakins didn’t shoot this one)…but all doubts went right out the window pretty much immediately as I was captivated for every single frame of this film. (I even followed the story line much better than I feared I wouldn’t - although having the subtitles on definitely helped!)
This was masterful filmmaking on EVERY level (what a score by Hans Zimmer!) and not only has Villeneuve once again proved he’s one the modern All Time Greats, but he may have a franchise on his hands that can rise to the likes of Star Wars and Game Of Thrones…bring on Part 2!
Not only one of the best films of the year, but probably my favorite post-Covid release of the decade so far…
(Next up in the coming weeks: the new ones from Wes Anderson, Edgar Wright & PT Anderson…can’t wait!)