“Dune” adapts classic sci-fi story in a stunning way – North Texas Daily
By Logan Thomson
Franck Herbert“Dune’s” flagship sci-fi novel is only comparable to a few of its genre in terms of impact and influence. Long considered “infilmable” after many projects were boxed or unsuccessful, 2021 offered us another adaptation of Denis VillenuÃ¨ve. With modern technology, a host of top talent, and an immense passion for the series, the acclaimed filmmaker successfully embraces the spirit of this beloved story and grounds it in his own distinct vision, which is as engaging as beautiful to watch at.
Roughly adapting the first half of the original book, “Dune” follows Paul Artreides (TimoethÃ©e Chalamet), the heir to one of the many royal families seeking control and power on a galactic scale. His mother Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson) is a member of a mysterious organization of powerful women who see Paul as a potential figure of the messiah. Simultaneously, the head of the family Duke Leto (Oscar isaac) recently acquired the desert planet Arrakis, also known as Dune, known for its precious blend of spices. However, their rival House Harkonnen plotted for their downfall in an effort to reclaim the planet for themselves.
Is that a lot to take? Without a doubt, especially for those unfamiliar with books and mythology. “Dune” forces its viewers to focus and take the issues seriously. Villeneuve and co-writers Jon Spaights and Eric roth Go juggle a busy exhibit filled with sci-fi terminology alongside character relationships and surprising story directions with thought and purpose. While I would have liked more time to really soak up the political aspects of the story, it still does a lot in 155 minutes without distracting from the main plot at hand.
The aforementioned Chalamets, Ferguson and Isaac really sell their complex family dynamics as well as the internal and external struggles that each face. The supporting cast ranges from brief but key appearances of Arrakis natives portrayed by Zendaya and Javier bardem To Stellan SkarsgÃ¥rd and Dave Bautista chewing the scenery like the nastiest villains in the universe, but it’s Jason mamoa like the charismatic warrior Duncan Idaho who shines the most.
It’s also hard not to fall completely in love with the film’s visual and aural achievements. Combined with an unreal mix of practical and visual effects, what Villenueve and the director of photography Greg Fariser the capture is haunting, inspiring and undeniably beautiful. The creative soundscape of buzzing aerial ships and gigantic worms moving terrifyingly through the sand is truly awe-inspiring, and Hans zimmerThe enchanting and propelling score of is icing on the cake.
By the time âDuneâ gets to his many exciting set pieces in the second half, it’s so satisfying and more than deserved. However, the story isn’t over – Chani’s final line from Zendaya teases both how far our characters and audiences have come for a potential second film. But where most of the other tentpole blockbusters feel patchy and uneven with similar propositions, it rightfully sounds like a promise that what could, and ideally should, come next will be hugely satisfying for those who want to see it through. It’s hard not to be tempted to see what the cast and crew do next when what’s on display is already so appealing on so many levels. Time will tell how it turns out, but for the optimistic present, consider me elated.
Logan’s final score: 4.5 / 5