Dune (2021)

Director: Denis Villeneuve
Writer/s: Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve, Eric Roth, Frank Herbert
Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, and more.

The Intro:
Denis owns my soul… I’ll sit in a pile of poop if it means I could watch his films as early as possible. With that said — how did I respond to Denis taking over for the absolute atrocity that was “Dune” from 1984? Well, let’s take a look.

IMDb Summary:
“Feature adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel about the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy.”

The Oberrating:
Timothée Chalamet: TIMMYYYYYYYYYY! My boy Timmy Shalallamadingdong is taking over Hollywood. The man has been on a tear for years and is only continuing his run. I heard he was slowing things down for the coming years, but I do not see how that’s is going to happen. Chalamet in “Dune” was a great casting. Paul is not a showy charismatic man, and I feel that he was able to portray the deeply conflicted character well while giving him plenty of room to grow throughout the (long) duration of a film.
Rebecca Ferguson: Mysterious, powerful, and damn alluring. Right when you think you might have a gauge on her character, she hits you with an Uno reverse and flips the script. Loved her.
Oscar Isaac: Another man on an eternal tear through Hollywood. Oscar has been in the game for years and has been a part of many of your favorite franchise’s and underrated films, you just may not have paid attention enough. He plays the hell out of the leader and father figure to Timmy. He makes his presence felt and it will continue to throughout this franchise.
Stellen Skarsgård: ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! We get a limited amount of the ultra villain that is Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, but my lord is his power and presence felt. This character is going to ruin the good guys for films to come… as if he didn’t already.
Josh Brolin: Thanos himself won’t let his character, no matter how small a role, go unnoticed. He plays Gurney, a rough and tough warmaster and trainer of Paul. No small roles my people, no small roles.
Dave Bautista: The right hand man to Skarsgård’s Harkonnen. Batista does not take subtle roles, typically. The man is a powerhouse and continues the trend here.

I am going to cut it there, but just know, this entire cast does not pull their punches regardless of their role. Two minutes of screen time or two hours and thirty-five, this cast rules.

What is left to say about Denis Villeneuve’s story and world building as well as the master quality that comes with his every film? “Dune” quite literally creeps throughout its two and a half hour runtime delicately building this insanely deep and immersive world. Only to set it up for an all out war and an entirely different leg of an adventure to come. It’s truly masterful work that could only be achieved by the man who brought us “Arrival,” “Prisoners,” “Blade Runner 2049,” “Enemy,” and the likes.

I don’t even need to dive into this next bit, but all I have to say is Roger fkn Deakins. “Dune” is freaking beautiful.

The Wrap-Up:
Carefully crafted sci-fi lovers have to appreciate this. It’s honestly unbelievable. I loved it, I loved it on a second watch, and I will love it for the plenty times over that I will watch it.

Rating: 4.5/5


Edited by Abby McNatt

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