dune is one of those classic novels that I have a bit of an odd relationship with. I fully recognize what an important work of science fiction literature this is, and I think Frank Herbert really has some fascinating and unique insights throughout. It is a stellar world and a construction of universes. I like the focus on ecology, religion and dynastic politics.
I don’t like that much as a story of people. The characters are all a bit flat. The action is often truncated. There are some exciting good bits, but a lot of the best parts are skipped or rushed. The end comes out of nowhere. Rhythm is everywhere. That’s a lot of great ideas mixed into a really weird package. It’s exactly the kind of book that needs a great film adaptation to be great itself.
Yes, I am aware that some will crucify me for saying that. Others, however, I suspect will largely agree. Fortunately, the two parts of Denis Villeneuve dune looks like this(these) movie(s). Part 1 was very, very good. Part 2 looks even better in the brand new trailer that Warner Bros. just released today. See:
“May your knife chip and break.” If that doesn’t give you goosebumps. . .
Dune: part 2 is slated for a November 3 release date. It features:
Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet (“Wonka,” “Call Me By Your Name”), Zendaya (“Spider-Man: No Way Home,” “Malcolm & Marie,” “Euphoria”), Rebecca Ferguson (“Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning”), Oscar nominee Josh Brolin (“Avengers: End Game”, “Milk”), Oscar nominee Austin Butler (“Elvis”, “Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood”), Florence Pugh , Oscar nominee (“Black Widow,” “Little Women”), Dave Bautista (the films “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Thor: Love and Thunder”), Oscar winner Christopher Walken (“The Deer Hunter,” Hairspray”), Stephen McKinley Henderson (“Fences,” “Lady Bird”), Léa Seydoux (“James Bond” franchise and “Crimes of the Future”), with Stellan Skarsgård (“Mamma Mia!” films), “Avengers: Age of Ultron”), with Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years”, “Assassin’s Creed”) and Oscar winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men”, “Being the Ricardos”).
“Dune: Part Two” will explore the mythical journey of Paul Atreides as he unites with Chani and the Fremen on a journey of revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Faced with a choice between the love of his life and the fate of the known universe, he strives to prevent a terrible future that only he can foresee.
Villeneuve directed from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jon Spaihts based on Herbert’s novel. The film is produced by Mary Parent, Cale Boyter, Villeneuve, Tanya Lapointe and Patrick McCormick. Executive producers are Josh Grode, Herbert W. Gains, Jon Spaihts, Thomas Tull, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, Kim Herbert, with Kevin J. Anderson serving as creative consultant.
Villeneuve is once again collaborating with its “Dune” creators: Oscar-winning cinematographer Greig Fraser; Oscar-winning production designer Patrice Vermette; Oscar-winning editor Joe Walker; Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Paul Lambert; Oscar-nominated costume designer Jacqueline West. Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer is again present to create the score.
“Dune: Part Two” was filmed on location in Budapest, Abu Dhabi, Jordan and Italy. The film is slated for a worldwide release on November 3, 2023 by Warner Bros. Pictures.
More thoughts to come. . . stay tuned.
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