I thought this wasn't being released until mid October. Did they just have previews somewhere?Dune (2021)
I'm a massive Villeneuve fanboy, so even if I wasn't familiar with the source material, this got me back in a cinema. I had an idea about what it was, in general terms and I was also familiar with a bit of the memes surrounding Lynch's adaptation, but that was it.
I was pleasantly surprised to see the "Part One" subtitle in the title screen, since I never saw it during marketing. Feels like a second part is more concrete than an idea, somehow?
Really stunning movie, with a massive sense of scale with ships and structures towering over people who seem as small as an ant. Beautiful set and mechanical design, too. The textures were almost palpable and a great contrast to the smoothness of the desert in Arrakis. The three worlds depicted give you a sense of who their inhabitants are and what they stand for.
Everyone was at the top of their game and The King and this have sold me really hard on Chalamet. He's very, very good and gives Paul nuance, authority and fragility, as needed.
The beginning felt a bit heavy on terms and notions, but you soon understand exactly what you need to to make sense of what's going on. A lot happens but a lot is set up too, and it feels uncomplicated in the sense a classic would be. I'm eager to see more of the supernatural elements in the next movie.
Apparently, Villeneuve has plans for a trilogy, which would include the second part of Dune and Dune Messiah. I've heard the books get progressively worse, but I hope he sees his vision through to the end.
TL;DR - Villeneuve can do no wrong.