DUNE - Review
Release Date: October 22, 2021
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Stars: Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya
Plot: A noble family is entrusted with the harvesting of the most valuable asset in the universe, but other enemies are close at hand
Clint Says: Wait until after opening weekend, but see this in theaters
If you've read the books in the Dune franchise you know that turning them into a feature-length film is a daunting task. It's been tried before with varying degrees of success and failure. Thankfully, film-making and visual effects have come a long way in the last several decades, allowing for the first book to be made into a film that is worthy of the original text.
The good news is the film stays as close as it can to the book. (If it stayed any closer the movie would have been six hours long). The bad news is that there are several major plot points that are barely touched on because nobody wants to sit through a six hour long movie. It occasionally feels like the plot jumps from one point to the next without explanation or a smooth transition.
I was impressed that the character development is pretty solid for a movie that has to introduce so many important players. For the most part, even people walking into the theater with no former knowledge of the Dune world will be able to catch on quickly as to who are the key people and where they stand on the scale of good versus evil.
The best part of this film is the cinematography. It is shot in an incredibly beautiful way. Every scene is striking. I'm sure this will be up for many technical awards, but I'll be surprised if it doesn't win the Oscar for cinematography.
The worst part of this movie is how it ends. It's a lot like the first film in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy. Everything is moving forward in an interesting way and then all of a sudden the end credits are rolling. It goes from being a great and interesting movie into something that feels more like a 2 1/2 hour long trailer for the next movie.
The studio has not confirmed a second film yet, but the way this one ends requires a second film, so hopefully that will be in the works soon.
Finally, this is a movie that needs to be seen on the biggest screen possible. Can you watch it on streaming? Sure. But you will miss out on a true experience. This one is worth the time and money to see in theaters.