There was a lot of excitement when it was announced the popular book series Dune was going to get a movie after many ultimately disappointing attempts at adapting the series to the big screen. One of the problems previous directors have faced is Dune is a six book series written in 1965 so there is a lot of material to adapt and it’s hard to know what to try to fit into a movie and what to leave for possible sequels. The director of the Dune movie that just released October 22nd 2021 is Denis Villeneuve and his decision to adapt only the first half of the first book is what makes this movie work. It doesn’t try to cover too much of the story at one time especially compared to previous movies which tried to adapt up to the whole series in one movie. The Dune movie was all you would hope it would be. It immerses you into the sandstorms and hot desert through beautiful visuals of landscapes and space as well as fantastic music composition that adds to every scene. The movie is a great introduction into the futuristic world of Dune that is set many millennia into the future that isn’t all that different from the game of thrones environment where different houses are vying for power and influence. It does a great job slowly introducing the universe naturally as the movie progresses. It introduces you to the technology of the world through various scenes where they show the audience how it works instead of telling which Helps to keep the movie immersive. The technology is greatly advanced and allows the characters to traverse through space to different planets. The movie kicks off with the introduction of the important figures of the story such as the powerful ruling houses that control different planets that compete for power. The first house we are introduced to is the Harkonnens, a powerful house that built most of its power and wealth off the trade of spice, a mineral essential in space travel found on the planet Arrakis which the Harkonnens control. Which sets the stage for the conflict of the movie when house Atreides, the rival house of the Harkonnens, is given control over the planet Arrakis by the Emperor. The casting in the movie was well done with every actor fitting their character. Part of this is due to Villeneuveare casting many well known actors. Each actor does a great job of conveying the emotion and overall attitude of the movie Oscar Isaac does a great job as Duke Leto Atreides accurately portraying his intelligence and compassion, as well as Timothée Chalamet, a great choice for the duke's son Paul who fits the role a coddled royal heir perfectly. Rebecca Ferguson portrayal of Lady Jessica, Paul's mother is great and brings a motherly warmth to the film. Villeneuve also keeps the movie interesting even as the movie becomes more abstract by casting magnetic actors in even the smaller roles. The movie also plays on the book's themes of colonial oppression and ecological disasters.
Dune is an undeniable spectacle of a movie. It draws you into each scene and immerses you in the mood and environment with amazing visuals that will leave you staring in awe and music that enhances every scene. It’s an amazingly strange movie with visionary madness that helps to move the story along. The giant winding sand worms that both serve to mesmerize and instill fear in the audience. It immerses you further and further and leaves you on the edge of your seat until the movie suddenly comes to an end after 2 and a half hours leaving you feeling intentionally unsatisfied and wanting more. It leaves the viewer with an intense feeling of anticipation and excitement for future movies. It’s for these reasons I rate Dune a 8.5/10. I recommend that everybody at least give this movie a try, as it is an entertaining and interesting break from the typical movie formula we see today.