DUNE – “Visually stunning and narratively challenging in the best ways possible”

DUNE

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Photo Credit: Chiabella James

Caption: (L-r) REBECCA FERGUSON as Lady Jessica Atreides, ZENDAYA as Chani, JAVIER BARDEM as Stilgar, and TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET as Paul Atreides in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “DUNE,” a Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary release.

RATING

DIRECTOR

Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049 – 2017)

MAIN CAST

  • Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides
  • Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica
  • Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto Atreides
  • Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck
  • Stellan Skarsgård as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen
  • Dave Bautista as Glossu Rabban
  • Stephen McKinley Henderson as Thufir Hawat
  • Zendaya as Chani
  • David Dastmalchian as Piter De Vries
  • Sharon Duncan-Brewster as Dr. Liet-Kynes
  • Charlotte Rampling as Gaius Helen Mohiam
  • Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho
  • Javier Bardem as Stilgar
  • Babs Olusanmokun as Jamis
  • Benjamin Clementine as Herald of the Change

SYNOPSIS

It is the first of a planned two-part adaptation of the 1965 novel of the same name by Frank Herbert.

 Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet's exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence, only those who can conquer their own fear will survive.

REVIEW SUMMARY

Visually stunning and narratively challenging in the best ways possible, director Denis Villeneuve has done the impossible – made Dune watchable. Whether you’ve just heard about, or have actually seen, the overly ambitious (and brain-numbing) adaptation from the 80’s, fear not – this film is plenty coherent. For one, the story has been spliced, marking this instalment as chapter 1 of 2. Don’t get me wrong, there is still A LOT of story told here, 2 hours and 35 minutes worth to be exact. And yes, it can be more than a bit overwhelming for “newbies,” but, once you find your footing in this futuristic landscape and learn the power players (which doesn’t take long) things start to fall perfectly into place. The heavy sci-fi plot is full of wondrous imagination, playing with everything from galactic politics to congenital superpowers. Sure, there’s some science fiction mumbo jumbo, but it’s no different than other such futuristic epics. Making this all work as well as it does, mind you, are the cast of characters at hand. And despite the extraordinary actors involved (Oscar Isaac and Rebecca Ferguson to name a few), this is Timothee Chalamet’s star vehicle through and through. The young actor is affable, charming and easy to root for – never once getting lost in the expansive setting of it all. And speaking of those visual backdrops, well, if you’ve seen a Denis Villeneuve movie before, you know what you’re in for – a spectacular feast for the eyes. The scope in which Villeneuve has created is awe inspiring, as are the designs for such things as the spaceships and sand worms (I personally needed more sand worms though). It’s all so intricate and voyeuristic – another “hang any frame on the wall as a piece of art” type of film. Yes, Dune is that impressive. Just do yourself a favour and see it on the biggest screen you can find!

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