There’s always someone who is not too excited about a thing, but it didn’t have to be Alejandro Jodorowsky, the legendary filmmaker whose thwarted efforts to make a Dune adaptation of his own were chronicled in the 2013 documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune, who boldly stated that the recently released trailer for Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank herbert’s 1965 science fiction novel is “predictable.”

Speaking to France’s Premiere magazine (and highlighted by IndieWire, translated to English), Jodorowsky said that he wished “great success” to Villeneuve, but felt that the trailer itself was uninspiring. “I saw the trailer,” he said. “It’s very well done. We can see that it is industrial cinema, that there is a lot of money, and that it was very expensive. But if it was very expensive, it must pay in proportion. And that is the problem: There (are) no surprises. The form is identical to what is done everywhere. The lighting, the acting, everything is predictable.”

He also remarked on differences between industrial, or commercial, and individual, auteur cinema. “Industrial cinema is incompatible with auteur cinema,” he continued. “For the former, money comes before. For the second, it’s the opposite, whatever the quality of a director, whether my friend Nicolas Winding Refn or Denis Villeneuve. Industrial cinema promotes entertainment, it is a show that is not intended to change humanity or society.”

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