Sci-fi movie ‘Dune’ is intriguing franchise debut – METEA MEDIA

Until the release of “Dune”, I didn’t know what this movie would be about. I never read Frank Herbert’s original book, so I was blind, with no idea what world I was going to be thrown into. I knew many of the cast of other hit movies, but the world of “Dune” is so big I didn’t know how well the story would be put together. However, even though “Dune” by Denis Villeneuve only covers part of the book, it is a unique and beautiful immersive adventure from start to finish.

“Dune” follows Paul Atréides, played by Timothée Chalamet. Paul is the son of Leto Atreides I who is cast into an unknown world after his family is chosen to take over the “spice” business. Such a “spice” is a magical dust that is collected and which is the key to navigation in interstellar travel. During the transition from the House of Atriedes to leave their Caladan house in Arkakis, Paul dreamed of a Fremen girl, played by Zendaya, on a desert planet. He had never met such a woman, yet she kept coming to see him. Before the house of the Atreids colonizes Arrakis, also known as Dune, Paul’s mother Lady Jessica, played by Rebecca Ferguson, puts Paul through the Gom Jabbar test to determine if his consciousness is stronger than his instinct. Paul passes, but what does that mean? Leto Atreides I, the Duke of the House of Atreides, played by Oscar Isaac, takes his people to Arrakis to start a new life where they can acquire power and wealth through the “spice” of this new world.

The themes of colonization and greed with a mixture of science fiction are the essence of “Dune”. Relevant aspects of “Dune,” such as family and power, make it such a powerful story more than 50 years after the novel’s release. “Dune” has so much deeper meaning that you get more of it as the movie progresses. The world of “Dune” expands more and more as the film progresses through the well-written dialogues. The public learns how the people of this universe are treated. How houses are formed and what is the purpose of “the spice”. “Dune” has great value in relevant aspects, such as family and power, which makes it such a powerful story more than 50 years after the novel’s release.

The casting of this film is something else. The cast is full of leading actors from Timothée Chalamet to Oscar Isaac to Jason Momoa, who also includes a strong female presence with the wonderful actresses Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya. It’s an amazing sight to see all these actors side by side in scenes. Having such a well-known cast with an excellent performance makes the story presented more intriguing. They really lean on each other when they’re onscreen together. Each plays their role to perfection which adds to the history of “Dune”.

Denis Villeneuve, known for his visually stunning storytelling, is no exception with his latest film “Dune”. The cinematography is some of the best I have ever seen in a movie. The Gom Jabbar test and the first encounter with the sandworm scene are particularly notable for the great feat of making them so beautiful thanks to computer generated imagery (CGI). Coloring these beautiful scenes adds that unique style that Villeneuve brings to his films. Using coloring and CGI really immerses you in the world of “Dune”. The choreography from the scenes with the vehicles moving through space to the combat scenes is so well done, making “Dune” a standout film in recent years. Every aspect of the appearance of “Dune” is magnificent.

Han Zimmer’s score immerses the viewer even more when watching this film. The unique sounds and themes bring it all together, as if you were on this journey on Arrakis with the House of the Atreides. Although there is no artist music (just original sounds), the film is in no way hindered or adversely affected. Rather, it builds on that feeling of being on an unknown planet.

“Dune” is a great movie that established a well-developed universe that will be further developed, seen in the opening title saying the first part. The impressive world-building and storytelling of this film makes it so unique compared to all the other films released in recent years. I haven’t read the original Frank Herbert novel, but I was blown away.

Watching this film made me realize why this book has been so influential and impactful over the past 50 years. The impact he had on science fiction influenced timeless stories such as “Star Wars” and “Tremors”. “Dune,” although adapted once before, brings something new to the sci-fi scene that the movies haven’t seen in a while. It wasn’t all about the action, but the intrigue and world-building that I love about movies. Denis Villenueve uses all his knowledge of cinema to build the powerful story of Paul Atréides. I give this film an eight and a half out of 10. The overall presentation of this story is so well put together. Music, actors, cinematography, etc. work together to make “Dune” one of the best films of the year. Every time I talk to someone or watch videos about it, I learn something new about this universe. There’s so much the story hasn’t covered, which is why the movie ends with a cliffhanger, knowing more will come. I can’t wait to see where Denis Villeneuve takes the story in Part 2. Paul Atréides’ journey has just started. What will become of “Dune”?

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