Dang, Dune!


It’s that time of year again as Timothée Chalamet has taken over Hollywood and every movie theatre in the nation. His most recent performance was in Dune directed by Dennis Villeneuve. To be honest, I was a little nervous about seeing the movie due to the mixed reviews I heard, however, I was pleasantly surprised by the movie.

Dune takes place on another planet, Arrakis, and follows the life of young Paul (Timothée Chalamet) who is destined to be the Muad’Dib. Arrakis is most notable for its dangerous sand snakes and harsh desert landscape which pose many threats throughout the movie. It was a bit of a slow start for me as the movie just jumped straight into the plotline and I wasn’t sure what was really happening. However, the movie itself was not meant to be a blockbuster hit, but for fans of the book. It continued to unravel throughout the duration of the movie which kept me intrigued as a viewer.

Early on, the audience is introduced to Paul’s mother Lady Jessica, played by Rebecca Ferguson. They are sent to Arrakis to rule the planet after the previous rulers are banished. Throughout the movie, Ferguson stayed true to her role of a caring and supportive mother as she helped him to foster his skills. 

As Chalamet learns to gain control of his powers, he is faced with visions of Zendaya who acts cold towards him. While I have to agree that Zendaya’s character was overly advertised, I think that she played a crucial role in the movie and it’s evident that she will become a greater character in the following movies. 

All in all, I have to say that Dune was a well made movie with impressive graphics and imagery. It is a time commitment as it is two and a half hours long, so I recommend blocking out some time before seeing it. Dennis Villeneuve met my expectations and left me wanting more and I will definitely be seeing Dune Part 2 in 2023.