Dune

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8.02 h 35 min2021X-RayHDRPG-13
“Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a gifted young man born into a great destiny, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his people
Directors
Denis Villeneuve
Starring
Timothée ChalametRebecca FergusonOscar Isaac
Genres
Science FictionDramaActionAdventure
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English [CC]
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EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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Supporting actors
Josh BrolinStellan SkarsgårdDave BautistaStephen McKinley HendersonZendaya Maree Stoermer ColemanChang ChenSharon Duncan-BrewsterCharlotte RamplingJason MomoaJavier Bardem
Producers
Mary ParentDenis VilleneuveCale BoyterJoseph M. Caracciolo Jr.
Studio
WARNER BROS.
Rating
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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Foul languageviolence
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4.5 out of 5 stars

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Nikolas P. RobinsonReviewed in the United States on November 23, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Worth the Wait!
It's worth mentioning right away that I have always been a fan of David Lynch's admittedly flawed adaptation of Dune from 1984. I saw that movie on cable television sometime in the mid-1980s, and though I didn't understand a lot of what was going on, I found myself captivated by everything happening on screen. I couldn't have been more than eight or nine years old at the time, so I clearly hadn't read the novel yet. It was, in fact, the impact of that barely remembered movie that influenced me to read the novel later in life. Since then, I have read and re-read the original six novels as well as almost all of the supplemental books written by Frank Herbert's son, Brian, and Kevin J. Anderson. Dune is something I can't seem to get enough of, and it all started with a young boy seeing the confusing experience unfold on an old box television.
I'm also somewhat fond of the 2000 miniseries John Harrison directed for the Sci-Fi Channel, though substantially less so than the version provided by Lynch. I've seen multiple versions of the 1984 release of Dune, owning it on VHS and later on DVD and Blu-ray, with collector's editions that included multiple cuts of the film. There are a lot of things to love about the 1984 adaptation of Dune, from the dark tones to the dialogue ripped directly from the novel, and the overall aesthetic from set design to costumes and makeup. There are also a lot of things to dislike about it, most notably the significant deviations from the source material and the condensed narrative that ignores some of the most important components and sidelines numerous characters to the background. For most of my life, I expected Lynch's vision, as corrupted as it was by studio interference, to be the best possible version of Dune I'd ever see on the screen. I was wrong.
As soon as I heard Denis Villeneuve was going to direct a two-part adaptation of Dune, I knew something I'd wanted to witness most of my life was finally coming to be. After seeing Arrival, Villeneuve's adaptation of the Ted Chiang short, "Story of Your Life," and the spectacular sequel to Ridley Scott's masterpiece, Blade Runner, I knew there was no other director who could bring Dune to life with any chance of successfully capturing everything important. His previous movies like Sicario and Prisoners were good, and they showcased an impressive directorial talent, but it was Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 that blew me away and made him one of my favorite directors.
Having seen his vision for Dune, or at least the first part of the narrative terminating as Paul and Jessica meet up with the Fremen, I felt like a childhood dream had finally come true. Everything about this movie was more than I could have hoped for. Though it lacked the directly adapted dialogue Lynch brought over from the novel, it more truly captured every beat of the story in a way Lynch's vision didn't even attempt to approach.
Timothée Chalamet's performance as Paul Atreides is nuanced and captures the fear Paul experiences in response to the changes he feels in himself as well as the visions of a future he's horrified to witness. More age-appropriate to the role than Kyle MacLachlan was, he captures the youth and aborted innocence of the young Atreides.
Similarly, Rebecca Ferguson captures the role of Lady Jessica Atreides spectacularly well, portraying a woman torn between two worlds and two vastly different sets of loyalties.
The rest of the cast is no less fantastic in their designated roles. Each individual proved themselves to be capable of thoroughly projecting their characters with such quality that I never once felt like I'd have preferred the original cast. I look forward to experiencing more of the performances from Zendaya (Chani), Josh Brolin (Gurney Halleck), Stellan Skarsgard (Baron Harkonnen), Dave Bautista (Rabban Harkonnen), and Javier Bardem (Stilgar) when the second half of the epic story hits the screen in 2023.
The cinematography was jaw-dropping at times, and the sets and landscapes were captured with vivid detail that made the experience of watching the movie an immersive one.
The score provided by Hans Zimmer was the most surprising aspect of the movie, incorporating hints of the score TOTO provided for the 1984 adaptation of Dune. At no point going into this had I anticipated that there would be such a respectful nod to what had been a stellar score, one that I still consider one of the best I've had the pleasure of hearing.
I will spend the next two years eagerly anticipating the release of the second half of Dune, and I will also spend that time daydreaming that Villeneuve gets the green light to direct an adaptation of Dune Messiah.
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SReviewed in the United States on December 4, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Overrated
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The only great thing about this movie was their marketing. They created enormous attention for a super mediocre movie. Kudos to the marketing department. Save your money and rent it when it's $3, that's a fair price.
237 people found this helpful
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on December 22, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Seriously... Don't bother.
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I SO wanted to like this but it isn't even a shadow of the David Lynch version (which itself wasn't necessarily as good as it could have been). But this overly-hyped and poorly produced mess isn't even the entire story. They stop it about half way through the original story. And up to that point, they fail in a LOT of ways. This is another example of Hollywood Narcissism where a production becomes so enthralled with it's own wonderfulness that they turn a great action story and turn it into a pastiche of artsy effects that make what little story there is, nearly incomprehensible. The scenes are filmed far too dark, the sound is too low (half of the dialogue sounds whispered or mumbled) and someone decided that EVERYTHING needed to be obscured by dust or mist to give some moodiness or something. They obviously sunk a LOT of money into the few effects you see but like so many poorly written scripts nowadays they seem to have forgotten the whole concept of "pacing" I think that most of the Hollywood crowd believes that things need to have the pacing of a daytime soap opera or a crappy reality show that stretches twenty minutes of story into a full hour or more. The dream scenes become little more than a story drag that should have taken up 5 or 10 minutes of the film, at most. The characters are surprisingly shallow and all of that moodiness and thoughtful staring at the camera doesn't add anything to the deeper understanding of them that the book (or the David Lynch version) does so well. I know that this is starting to just sound like a rant of a disgruntled fan... and it is, to a point... but regardless whether you want to believe me or not, PLEASE don't bother sinking $30+ into something this bad. Wait a year or two until they release the rest of the story and then... MAYBE... it will be worth it. Right now, you get half of a painfully self-conscious movie that will leave you bored and/or ticked off. Hope that this review helped you make an informed decision on wasting your time and money on this particular movie.
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brian mcclainReviewed in the United States on December 3, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Phenomenal
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Great movie it follows the book much closer than the 1984 version ( I am a fan of ) . This Movie did not disappoint I can not wait for the second part, and hopefully the following books after, I just started in to Dune: The Mesiah and it has been awesome so far I hope it comes to screen by this director. Keep up this great work!
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Rocket ScientistReviewed in the United States on December 6, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not nearly as good as 1984 Dune
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First, this is only part 1. You don't get the whole story like in 1984 Dune. How many future parts? Don't care unless they are low cost or free on Prime or Netflix.

Second, this new version is not nearly as good as 1984 Dune except for 4K and more modern special effects. The script, plot, and acting in the 2021 version is not nearly as good as the 1984 version. I've read the Dune book twice and watched the 1984 movie twice, and the 2021 movie is still hard to follow. It seems to me it would be incomprehensible to people who have done neither.

Definitely not worth $30. Maybe worth $5.
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VoDominoReviewed in the United States on December 4, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Dune - the remake we needed
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great film, consistent direction, wonderful visuals, and strong performances. The director does try to break things down but get everything else right about it. Great for fans of the books and newcomers alike
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Seeker707Reviewed in the United States on December 1, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Most Regrettably -- One of the Worst Movie Remakes, Ever!
This review pertains to the 2021 movie release of Dune and not the really great 1984 movie production which tried to stay true to the original story, with all those many great actors. I was very much looking forward to this movie release because I am a huge fan of the Dune book series, and particularly Book 1 which I have read several times, with a wonderful plot and extremely fascinating and captivating characters. On the positive side, the moviemakers did a great job with the special effects, attempting to make it as realistic as possible. There were a few supporting actors who did a really great job portraying their characters, particularly the Baron Harkonnen. Regrettably, there was not enough of the very evil and creepy old Baron to save the movie. Those wonderful and very interesting characters, the Mentats, received very short shrift, with the deviously evil Piter De Vries barely making an appearance. The very powerful and interesting Lady Jessica was presented as extremely diminished and downright mousey, appearing to be bafflingly afraid of her son, Paul. The evil Old Reverend Mother character came across as very subdued and uninteresting, just dutifully and boringly reading her script lines. Very strangely making the Liet Kynes character a woman was totally out of line with Book 1 and Dune history and robbed the movie of a very powerful and interesting male character. The actor selected to portray Paul Atreides, the Kwisatz Haderach or Universe's Super Being, was nothing even close to the character presented in Book 1, and came across as downright emaciated/wimpy appearing, and physically unable to properly portray the main character. While it might be currently fashionable in some circles to try to avoid strong male lead actors like Mr. T or Sylvester Stallone, casting a very physically weak appearing actor for the critical role of Paul Atreides simply does not work, and does not at all match the character presented in Book 1. Casting an actor like Don Knotts to play Rocky Balboa is an interesting concept, but I am very doubtful that would have resulted in a really great movie. My personal hope is that the moviemakers will save a ton of money by not burdening us with an equally awful sequel and just simply move on to other cinematic pursuits more tuned to their strange movie adaptations. Perhaps they would enjoy doing a remake of "Plan 9 from Outer Space"? We are left with the very baffling rhetorical question as to why a moviemaker would spend millions on remaking a classic movie, while obviously having a great dislike for the characters and storyline as presented originally in the book, one of the greatest science fiction stores of all time? This was one of the worst classic movie remakes, ever!
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MovieGuyReviewed in the United States on December 4, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Great build up to what?
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I see why some had a problem with this movie. I felt the story could have been much better, they relied a bit too much on dramatic effect. I also thought the audio sucked, when that mythical otherworldly voice would speak you could not hear anything unless it was way up. Which is why this gets a 3 instead of a 4. The cgi was great and lets be honest, we live in the era of the cgi, which is all well and good but it seems its at the expense of the stories and the characters.
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