Dune (Part 1?)
Production Company: Legendary Pictures
Streaming Service: HBO Max
Release Date: October 22, 2021
Description: Dune is the newest film from Director Denis Villeneuve, one of my personal favorites currently working today. He is known for films such as Sicario, Arrival, and Blade Runner 2049. Originally set to release in 2020, Dune's release was pushed back due to the Covid-19 pandemic like so many other movies. After the long wait, it's finally here.
The epic is based off of Frank Herbert's novel of the same name from 1965 which has inspired some of the best science fiction books and movies since it was first published. The story has been attempted multiple times for the screen, once by David Lynch in 1984 and the other time as a mini series. Villeneuve's version absolutely blows them out of the water. The film is stunning. Every shot is eye candy, the acting is wonderful, the costumes and production design are out of this world (literally), and the music... Hans Zimmer delivers, in my opinion, his best work yet (which is saying a lot). Oh, also Timothee Chalamet.
The film starts out on the planet Caladan, where House Atreides is planning the big move to the planet Arrakis, a desert planet basically uninhabitable by humans without the proper equipment. Arrakis is known for its spice, which is vital for interstellar travel and the most important resource in the universe. Paul, the son of Duke Leto the head of House Atreides, is the main character who is prophesied to be the Mahdi, or Messiah. The Duke and Paul face political setbacks once on Arrakis and must deal with their enemies the Harkonnen and the natives of Arrakis, the Fremen. Also giant, scary, awesome desert worms.
Go watch this movie on the big screen with amazing theater speakers if you can, HBO Max is alright too I guess. Just watch it.
Reviewer Name: George LaHood
Date of Review: October 22, 2021