Visiting the cinema on Monday, for the first time in ages, I was really in need of a visual treat. Knowing very little about ‘Dune’ other than the fact that it came from a classic book and had a Star Wars vibe, I was intrigued but not yet excited.
It was Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya appearing on Radio 1 last Friday that finally convinced me to go and try this longer movie. Usually I go for movies under two hours long but I make exceptions and this was worth breaking the rules for. Also it had Rebecca Ferguson in it, which was a win/win for me as I loved her in ‘The Greatest Showman’.
Harvesting ‘spice’ in the deserts was where the film began and however you analysed this story, it definitely linked well to environmental issues and overusing natural resources. Just like with oil these days, spice had become an invaluable resource that different entities fought over. The Emperor had implored Paul’s (Timothee’s character) dad to look after the spice fields and you soon got the impression that things were not going to be easy.
– Timothee was amazing in this role. He had a lot of screen time and held the camera well.
– Zendaya wasn’t in it much. Often she was a vision and therefore didn’t speak. I suspect she will be in the second movie much more.
– A lot of it was filmed in a desert setting. Not too much dark space. Let’s face it, space backdrops get boring.
– It was two and a half hours long but felt like two. I was drawn in and it maintained my interest because it had a heart to its narrative. I do feel that it stopped at the right time, before it started to drag its heels.
– Paul being obsessed with a vision of Zendaya, despite her being from an enemy group, gave a continued intrigue to the story.
– The cinematography was grand and exhilarating.
This film was pleasantly satisfying and made me want to watch the next two parts as soon as they arrive. For a review of a ‘lighter’ film click here. Please also consider following my blog for future similar content.