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DUNE (2021)

Dune is an outstanding cinematic achievement featuring flawless performances, breathtaking visuals, and a Hans Zimmer score to rival his best. Denis Villeneuve has crafted one of the best science fiction films in recent memory, perhaps ever.

As conflict abounds and tragedy marks his family’s journey to the most treacherous plant, Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) embarks on a journey to understand and hone his destiny in hopes of ensuring his people’s future. Dune is a well-crafted, enthralling work of art, a film that methodically introduces its characters, its story, and its worlds. Villeneuve transports audiences from their seats into the action through almost poetic plot development. There is not a weak performance to be found with Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, and Rebecca Ferguson delivering career-best outings while Jason Momoa is a surprising standout. Zendaya commands her scenes with mature poise and curiosity, as does the villainous Stellan Skarsgâd, with their roles sure to be expanded upon as the story continues (did I mention this is Part One?).

Most impressive is the cinematography, the subtle visual choices blending with the pulsating score and allowing the visual effects to come alive. Each time a transport is on the screen, I looked on in awe. With all of these carefully-chosen ingredients, the complicated plot that features both futuristic worlds and political drama is given a foundation and room to steadily develop. When the credits roll, you’re left salivating for more. 

It has been quite a while since a film enraptured me quite the way Dune did; it’s a pure knockout of an adventure that is a simply stunning accomplishment. Believe the hype.

Dune hits theaters on October 22nd, 2021.

Rating: 5/5

Photo from Roger Ebert

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