Review of Dune 2 directed by Denis Villeneuve

20 February 2024
"Dune: Part Two" is a beast of a movie. 

Literally in the sense that it has giant sandworms that are the secret ingredient to intergalactic travel and that it's a monstrous 3 hours of breath taking film making.

It's the Godfather II of the sci-fi universe, toppling both Terminator 2 and Aliens from that crown. 

There, I said it, movie over Cameron fanboys, it's Villeneuve's world now. 

It is with great enthusiasm and a profound sense of cinematic gratification that I delve into the myriad ways in which this film surpasses the lofty expectations set by its first part, crafting a narrative and visual spectacle that affirms Denis Villeneuve's place among the great auteurs of our time.

Villeneuve is on one of the greatest directing runs of all time: Prisoners, SicarioArrival, Bladerunner 2049, Dune, and now this tour de force. 

Tora! Tora! Tora!

That last line made sense when I wrote it...

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The ensemble cast, a bank roll of of talent and character, brings the rich tapestry of Dune's universe to life with an intensity and depth that is spellbinding. Timothée Chalamet's Paul Atreides is a beacon of vulnerability and strength, navigating the treacherous waters of destiny and power with a grace that belies his years (his run of recent hits parallels Villneuve's own). Rebecca Ferguson's portrayal of Lady Jessica is nothing short of transcendent, imbuing the character with a complexity and resilience that is the beating heart of the film

New additions to the cast, such as Austin 'Thank You, Thank You Very Much' Butler's Feyd-Rautha, are revelations. 

Butler reinvents the role, delivering a performance that is both charismatic and chilling, washing away Sting's cinematic sins from the original Lynch film of 1984

A poem for FP, who as a supporting player, rocked the sand of Arrakis:

Florence Pugh, we love you,
In "Dune's" saga, bright and true.
Irulan's grace, in every view,
A royal dance, in desert's hue.

Zendaya's expanded role as Chani offers a window into the soul of Dune's universe, her performance a powerful testament to the strength and spirit of the Fremen and serves somewhat as a critique of power.

The narrative scope of "Dune: Part Two" is ambitious, encompassing the vast, desolate beauty of Arrakis and the intricate political and emotional machinations of its characters. Villeneuve and his team have crafted a story that is both a faithful continuation of the first film and a bold exploration of the novel's concluding themes. 

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The screenplay, again co-written by Villeneuve and Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, Passengers), strikes a delicate balance between loyalty to Herbert's vision and the necessities of cinematic storytelling, introducing subtle changes that enhance the film's emotional and thematic resonance.

The visual splendor of "Dune: Part Two" is unparalleled, a breathtaking blend of practical effects and CGI that brings the world of Arrakis to life with an unprecedented vividness. The battle scenes are choreographed with a balletic precision, their scale and ferocity a testament to the film's technical prowess and Villeneuve's visionary direction. 

Saradukar who?

This is a film that demands to be seen on the grandest of screens, a cinematic experience that envelops and overwhelms in the best possible way, which is why I saw it at Wellington's home of Lord of the Rings, The Embassy Theatre. 

The volume was.... amped.

"Dune: Part Two" is more than a sequel; it is a milestone in the evolution of science fiction cinema, a work that honors the legacy of Herbert's novel while carving its own path through the cinematic landscape. Villeneuve's film is not just a visual and narrative triumph but a thematic exploration of power, destiny, and humanity that is as profound as it is poignant.

As the film concludes and the not-so-subtle promise of "Dune Messiah" looms on the horizon (for those viewers in the know), one cannot help but feel that we are witnessing the unfolding of a saga that will define this re-define Villeneuve as a filmmaker. 

"Dune: Part Two" is a testament to the power of cinema to transport, I freaking loved it and this will become a science fiction classic - cult like even despite it's mainstream appeal. 


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