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Dune (2021)

10/10

The movie “Dune” is based on the 1965 sci-fi novel written by Frank Herbert. The entire premise of this story is that a Messiah-like young man has to save the world from the evil galactic emperor. 

This movie is a remake of “Dune” 1984. One of the main reasons to create a remake is that the original movie from 1984 was really bad. Moreover, it is also very difficult to establish a new trilogy if the first rendition is almost forty years old. I think that everyone is extremely happy that we finally got the movie that we were all hoping for and that we deserve. I would even say that this remake was absolutely necessary because the 1984 rendition brought a bad odor onto the book itself. 

Firstly, the opening shot is amazing. It felt soft, grand, and warm. The softness, and warmth came from the use of a specific color pallet which is soft orange. And this matched with the overall setting of the desert and the premise itself. The “grand” feeling came mainly from the many long shot/wide shot sequences in which the setting is properly shown to the audience. It was during these first 5 minutes that I felt really part of the “Dune” universe. I would even compare it with that “Star Wars” feeling that you get when the movie opens. However, this is a newly established “Dune” feeling which is really different from “Star Wars” because of the setting and the characters. The other thing that you immediately notice when comparing this rendition with the 1984 one is the use of CGI/technology. Finally the CGI is on such a level that every scene is realistic. And I think that it will still be watchable in twenty years from now. Moreover, the plot structure is prefect for this Messiah premise because the rising action, climax, and fall are on point. And the music accompanies this entire process perfectly. It also feels very natural, and non of the changes in structure feel artificial at all. For the audience this is really good because it brings all the visuals, sound, and story together to a point which I would describe as perfect harmony. At this point I would even say that it is so perfectly balanced that all the actors are also on par with one and other because every minor role is very important.

The other mesmerizing element is the costume design because it is so realistic and detailed that it becomes part of the setting, and set design. The Harkonnens look truly Harkonnen now because of their looks, language and behavior. It is this creation of the ultimate antagonist that helps the movie so much. The Harkonnens from the 1984 rendition look extremely silly when compared to the 2021 version. I am so happy that they managed to give them a realistic voice and character. But this is the case with everything when you start comparing the two different renditions. So basically, as of now we should not consider the 1984 version as part of the official “Dune” story because it was merely a pilot of some sort. 

Therefore, the “Dune” trilogy officially starts now, and we should all be happy that the cast is amazing because they did a really good job and this will definitely help the “Dune” franchise in the future. And to be honest I don’t think that this movie trilogy will fail because of this amazing first part. Yes, they planned a two-part adaptation but I think that after this success they will continue and go for the trilogy (if possible).

The only other thing that I have to say about this film is that you have to go to your local movie theater to watch “Dune” because it adds so much to the overall experience. And in my opinion it is already the best movie from 2020-2021. Therefore, if you can please support your local cinema by watching it there.

Directed by 

Denis Villeneuve

Writing Credits  

Jon Spaihts(screenplay by) and
Denis Villeneuve(screenplay by) and
Eric Roth(screenplay by)
 
Frank Herbert(based on the novel written by)

Cast 

Timothée ChalametPaul Atreides
Rebecca FergusonLady Jessica Atreides
Oscar IsaacDuke Leto Atreides
Jason MomoaDuncan Idaho
Stellan SkarsgårdBaron Vladimir Harkonnen
Stephen McKinley HendersonThufir Hawat
Josh BrolinGurney Halleck
Javier BardemStilgar
Sharon Duncan-BrewsterLiet Kynes
Chen ChangDr. Wellington Yueh (as Chang Chen)
Dave BautistaBeast Rabban Harkonnen
David DastmalchianPiter De Vries
ZendayaChani

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