One of the benefits of film is that it is a visual medium, which means that it can do in a frame what it might take a book several pages of description to pull off. We see this the most in its ability to build worlds in front of our eyes.
These worlds could be great space operas exploring galaxies, a small period piece that looks back in time, or anything. But when every part of the film is being used to tell a story, you know it is good.
So without further ado, these films showed excellence in Worldbuilding 2021. Be warned that there may be slight spoilers ahead for the films in question. Also, you can click on the titles to go to the full reviews.
A joyous visual spectacle that revels in the small details.
Directed by – Denis Villeneuve
Screenplay by – Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve & Eric Roth
Based on – Dune by Frank Herbert
In a world where titans rule, every part of the production comes together to make it shine.
Directed by – Adam Wingard
Story by – Terry Rossio, Michael Dougherty & Zach Shields
Screenplay by – Eric Pearson & Max Borenstein
Based on – Godzilla by Toho & King Kong by Edgar Wallace and Merian C. Cooper
A unique post-apocalyptic setting full of exciting creatures and transformed landscapes
Directed by – Michael Matthews
Story by – Brian Duffield
Screenplay by – Brian Duffield & Matthew Robinson
A film that takes the notion of an Alien Invasion and then throws a big Australian spin on it all to create a world that is both familiar and yet unique.
Directed by – Luke Sparke
Written by – Luke Sparke
Here we get a fully realised world of excess and scarcity, a world that feels fanciful yet also maybe far too close to home.
Directed by – Jo Sung-hee
Written by – Yoon Seung-min, Yoo-kang Seo-ae & Jo Sung-hee
And the Winner is!!!!! – Dune
One may want to argue that because Dune is an adaptation, it had a leg up in the worldbuilding department and fair. But I would also postulate for you that history has shown that just because you are adapting a novel does not mean that you can nail the worldbuilding. Every little detail in this film is placed with care and caution. This care creates a vibrant world of clashing feudal empires all trying to get that one last point over their rivals.
There is a level of scale that this film gets right that creates these moments of awe, but then the film also does not forget the small things. Like when the ships land on Arrakis, and you have everyone in their finery disembarking from these megaliths, only to be accompanied by a dude on the bagpipe that feels both out of place and yet perfectly positioned.
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Credits – All images used were created by the respective studio and artists of each film