Movie Review: Dune

Dune, an adaption of the Dune chronicles written by Frank Herbert, is one of the highly anticipated movies of the year. Dune is an epic sci-fi film about a boy named Paul Atredies who has a great destiny to fulfill and who must travel to the desert planet, Arrakis, for the future of his family. The film is directed by an acclaimed filmmaker Denis Villeneuve. 

The world of Dune is fascinating to read but terrifying for movie directors. But with its scale of world-building involved, Villeneuve successfully captured the complexities of where Paul Atredies comes from. You find yourself seamlessly transported to the politics of the empire and the barren world of Arrakis. My first impression of the movie was the emphasis on the advancement of the human mind rather than technology. From book to screen, Villeneuve showed this with an effective combination of compelling cinematography and the unique, ominous music of Atredies’s visions.  

Dune is a movie where you have to pay attention to the little details to fully grasp the dynamics of the universe. The movie’s intended audience is to the attentive listeners who find the politics intriguing, rather than the action sequences or Timothee Chalamet.  

The movie has what an epic sci-fi should have: full-scale wars, an intriguing story, and unique music that fits perfectly with the mysteries of Arrakis and Atredies’s uncertain future. The movie is perfect for those who are looking for the next cinematic universe to engage in. It ended with a huge cliffhanger, but you are left knowing that, like Chani, played by Zendaya, “This is only the beginning.”

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