Dune [2021]

English Title:   Dune: Part One
Genre:Science Fiction
Rating:7.7  Rate
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DirectorDenis Villeneuve
Selected CastTimothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides
 Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica Atreides
 Zendaya as Chani
 Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto Atreides
SoundtrackHans Zimmer


USA / Canada / Hungary / Norway / India production

On DVD & Blu-ray World


Dune [2021] - Warner Bros. Home Entertainment - UK (2022)

Dune [2021] - Warner Bros. Entertainment - USA (2022)

Dune [2021] - SF Studios - Sweden (2021)

Dune [2021] - Warner Bros. - USA (2021)


Comments and Reviews
9th Oct 2022
 From Regent Street Cinema mailout 07/10/21 :read:

★★★★ - BBC
★★★★★ - EMPIRE

"Blockbuster cinema at its dizzying, dazzling best" - THE GUARDIAN

Based on Frank Herbert’s 1965 cult sci-fi novel, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people.

As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence — a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential — only those who can conquer their fear will survive.

Dune is made for the big screen, and you can watch it from 21st October at Regent Street Cinema.

Magic Marmalade
9th Feb 2022
 Rated 9/10
Villeneuve strikes again!

As with Blade Runner, I kind of groaned when learning of the intent to make this (again), but having witnessed the brilliance of what this director did with Blade Runner sequel (and all his other work!), I breathed a little sigh of relief.

That said, unlike Blade Runner, this is not a sequel, but a remake (of sorts), or more accurately, a new attempt at the original Frank Herbert novel for the big screen... And as someone who, despite it's many, many faults, dearly loves the Lynch Dune movie (mostly it's quirky Lynch-ian oddness is why I love it), and who has read the vast and complex and subtle novel which has many prescient themes woven intricately into it's fabric, I was worried it might still be biting off a little more than even Villeneuve could chew...

(After all, in terms of influential books that HAD to be made properly one day for cinema, there's The Lord Of The Rings, and then there's Dune!)

...And while I'm a bit sketchy now about the details of the novel, the overall impression remains, and this finally feels like it's living up to that epic tome... In both the scale, look and feel of the work, and it's essential themes and message (more of the subtlety than Lynch was able to shoe-horn into his available contracted space).

I was also worried that, having read the book, and seen the previous movie attempt, this would offer nothing new... No surprises, and it would just be a more careful run trough of what I already knew - pointless watching if you know all what's coming! But some of the story-telling choices, and visual devices used still managed to carry me along with it.

There will, of course, be some ardent fans of the novel who are not satisfied, because they are unwilling to concede that this is a different art form, and whatmay work in a book won't work on screen, so the director / film-maker has to TRANSLATE it into something that will work in that medium, which this does.

And much of Villeneuve's style does the story-telling without having to literally copy the text. A lesser, or even a different director who is more concerned with details might get bogged down, and overwhelmed by this, but here, Villeneuve is the RIGHT man for the job, in the same way that Peter Jackson was the RIGHT director for Lord Of The Rings, even if, it were arguable that a "better" director were available - Chris Nolan, for instance, might well have spiralled down into a thick morass of endless detail and complexity if he'd tried this.

It is, of course, more of a tale akin to The Godfather, than a Star-Wars-esque flashing light and action festival, in that it is a slow paced, (although occasionally active) epic, depicting the cosmic power struggles between families / dynasties and factions, with economics, ecology, philosophy, mysticism, prophecy and political manoeuvrings at it's heart, so more like The Godfather, or war and Peace in space... and Messianic overtones.

But the two and a half hours do fly by, as you are engrossed in the stunning visuals, the good script and pacing, and Timotheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee (however you pronounce that, I don't know, 'cause I'm a dunce :) Chalamet has a lot of burden to carry in this movie, but does so with impressive ease, even though the role in this first part, is largely subdued, as a kid with a lot of expectation of him, and the weight and heft of earthing this story is done by the super solid performances of the "supporting" cast of reliable perfomers like Brolin, Rampling, and others.

(Jason Mamoa deserves a lot of credit for his performance that offers a lot of levity and charisma to the film)

The only real complaint I have, is that it's a split film, leading up, only to when Paul and mum take up with the Fremen, because I was was so wrapped in the movie, I didn't want it to end!

(I could have sat through another three hours quite happily, in order to see the story through to the end)

And as for the music, it's that man Zimmer again, knocking it clean out of the park with another esoteric abstract brain crusher of a score, perfectly complimenting the visuals... Brilliant.

Cannot wait for the next part, which had better be forthcoming Warner Brothers, or I will not be happy!

In short, this will take your brain to another dimension... so pay close attention :)

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