When I walked out of my local theater after having just watched Dune I was blown away from what I had just seen. Of course, that’s what Villeneuve intended. He wanted viewers to watch his film and be left gobsmacked and yeah, he succeeded.
Dune isn’t the best science-fiction film I’ve ever seen but it’s undoubtedly one of the most memorable. Villeneuve doesn’t make this film like most moviemakers. He takes his time like directors of old, letting his story build upon an epic narrative that–if executed correctly– could be something truly exciting.
The cast and beautifully conceptualized world-building is the best thing about this film. My favorite characters were Oscar Isaac’s Duke Leto Atreides and Sharon Duncan Brewster’s Liet Kynes. If you’ve seen the film, well, oops.
I have to say, Timothée Chalamet surprised me. He truly felt like a character out of a book; fresh-faced but destined for greatness. He’s kind of what I’d pictured Eragon to be like… except maybe a little less princely. I’m ready to root for him in Part Two… if we get it.
And that’s where this first part wins. I really want to see Part Two. In fact, in the theater, I never wanted the movie to end…but it did. And that’s also where the problem lies with this movie. Is it better than the 1984 version of the film? Heck yes! But it’s also a glorified prologue that feels like such. We see so many incredible visions of what’s going to happen in the story but unfortunately, it never comes about. At least the 80s’ version ended the story, no matter how rushed it felt.
But overall, Denis Villeneuve has added another winner to his growing collection of phenomenal films and I’m waiting for Round Two.
Oh, and if you haven’t seen this film yet, watch in IMAX. It’s unforgettable.
I’ll give this movie 91 out of 100 and 4 out of 5 stars.
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