Movie Review: Dune (2021)

Dune (2021) – Denis Villeneuve

“Dreams make good stories, but everything important happens when we’re awake.”

Dune was originally considered one of the least film-able books of all time, but Dune (2021) managed to pull it off perfectly. Dune (2021) is a science fiction movie based off of Frank Herbert’s classic novel of the same name. It is set in the distant future where humans have spread out off of Earth and now live on various different planets. 

Dune (2021) has very strong themes of class distinctions and colonization within the three main groups: the House of Atreides, the Harkonnen, and the Fremen. The Harkonnen controlled Arakkis, a rich desert land where the Fremen live, for generations, but have now handed it over to the House of Atreides. The Duke of the House of Atreides has a son, Paul and his mother, Jessica, who are immediately deemed saviors by the Fremen. The House of Atreides suspects that the deal between them and the Harkonnen to give the House of Atreides control over Arakkis is a trap. The House of Atreides has to bring down the Harkonnen from their harsh rule over Arakkis and Paul and Jessica learn the secrets of the Fremen. 

Every single shot in Dune (2021) is a visual feast, with beautiful landscapes, colors, and character designs. Unlike other science fiction movies, Dune (2021) is not afraid to take it slow and that really helps with the overall dream-like state of the movie. The action is impactful and the characters are all interesting and unique, with their own motivations and beliefs. Dune (2021) is definitely worth the watch. 

Dune (2021) is currently available in theaters and on HBO Max. Dune Part 2 is currently set to be released on October 20, 2023.

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