Have you ever come across a film that sparked an interest in a franchise and you just could not get enough of it? That happened to me as a teenager, watching seminal pieces of work like the Lord of the Rings films, Cowboy Bebop, or any of the other movies, T.V. series, or books that came out in the 2000’s.
That is what happened to me again watching Dune. A visually stunning piece by Blade Runner 2049 and Arrival director Denis Villeneuve, it tells the story of House Atreides being given command of the desert planet of Arrakis, replacing the previous rulers, House Harkonnen. Being the only place in the known universe that has spice, a substance that is vital to interstellar travel, while also extending the life of those who consume it.
Following the story from there is scene after scene that is entrancing, if a little dull at times in content.
Despite it dragging a bit at times (I mean, really, it’s adapting a book series that is almost Tolkien-esque in the amount of its fictional backstory and history), it still proves to be an entertaining watch at just over two and a half hours, although it may be better served by watching it in two sittings.
If you like deep fictional lore that you can really dig into, are a fan of Game of Thrones or Lord of the RIngs, and can stand to sit through thick dialogue delivered minutes at a time, I would give this movie a watch.
4 out of 5 stars