Dune: The BRWC Review –
Not since the 25th of May 1977 when Star Wars was released has the world ever seen a Space Epic as awe-inspiring as Denis Villeneuve’s Dune.
Let’s be fair, we’ve all been waiting for Dune for a very long time. Ever since its announcement fans of the book have been clamouring to see a new rendition of Frank Herbert’s beloved novel, so who better to helm the project than acclaimed director Denis Villeneuve, who’s vision is evident in every single frame. What he’s created here, a majestic work of art, is nothing short of extraordinary. It’s a grim, immersive movie that doesn’t shy away from the darkness that propels it forward, creating an elegant, cinematic vision on a sci-fi classic that’ll leave its audience clambering for a well-deserved sequel.
Yet for me, Dune is a film that did a lot more than just look the part. From the moment it opened to the moment it closed, the score took my breath away. Hans Zimmer is one of the best composers working today and thankfully that is evident in his beyond magnificent Dune score that immersed me more in the world of Arrakis, pulling me closer to the story and character that lay within, while leaving my jaw on the floor and hands clenched tightly, completely stunned at what I was hearing. Simply put, it’s one of the best scores I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to and one that truly deserves to be his second Oscar win as the range of emotions it exudes were magnificent.
Nevertheless, it’s not just the score that wowed me. It’s easy to see why other adaptations of Dune have come and gone. The grand scale within is like nothing that has ever come before and while audience members unfamiliar with the source material may find it challenging to begin with, it’s a story that very quickly throws you in at the deep end, fleshing out the characters, world and history that lay beneath incredibly well. Yet it was my attachment to each character that left me by complete surprise. Oscar Isaac’s Duke Leto Atreides and Rebecca Ferguson’s Lady Jessica are impeccably cast with their son, our main character, Paul Atreides, played by Timothee Chalamet, leading the line perfectly, showing just how truly good he is as an actor.
Overall, Dune isn’t only a success, but a complete masterpiece with its scale setting a new benchmark for what a film can do. The mixture of high-tech bombardment and hand-to-hand combat mixed with its emotional resonance and desire to wow its audience truly impressed me. While there are arguments to be made on how it’s only half a story, this visually stunning, beautifully acted and genuinely thrilling offering from one of the masters of modern sci-fi is beyond anything I expected. Warner Bros. took a risk by redoing Dune, and I’m willing to bet their gamble will pay off. Dune is true cinematic masterpiece to behold on the biggest screen possible!
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