I’d been planning to see Dune opening weekend at the theater, but then after slicing my thumb open and being put on some painkillers that recommend you don’t drive while on ’em…well, that plan went a bit bust. But I gotta admit a bit of relief that it didn’t happen quite that way, because I forgot how much I hate being in close quarters with a bunch of folks on opening weekends.
I’d prefer to support a film by being there with my dollars on opening weekend, but I learned to avoid it over time. The three times I managed to do an opening weekend (pre-Covid, of course), we had folks talking, having popcorn fights, the not-subtle checking of phones, laser pointers at the screen as jokes…ugh. Shit like that is why I avoided even going into the theater for years. I go for the early-bird tickets (also cheaper), on a weekday, and a couple weeks after opening to ensure minimal crowds.
And to top it off, I was going into a new theater I had heard great things about with assigned seating, a VERY strict cell phone policy (hence the assigned seating), and could take my time and look around a bit. There were only about 5 other people in the whole theater, no talking, and an awesome sound system to enjoy that Hans Zimmer score when the credits rolled… and the rest of the flick, of course.
I knew that it would be enjoyable to see Dune 2021, even though I’m a fan of the much-maligned 1984 film. They’re very different, and it’s great that they are so different. For one, the pacing in the 2021 version (and multiple-movies that will result from it) is great. The character development, visuals, action are all wonderful.
I have to admit that a newbie into the “Dune-iverse” might be a bit perplexed when it comes to some characters and what they’re doing and why they’re important. The book was big on the characters inner thoughts transmitted to the audience, so for example, you knew a lot about Dr. Yueh before the Harkonnens show up (and some revelations made their way through V.O. inner thoughts in the 1984 version… lots of them). But in the 2021 version, what happens would probably be surprising to anyone who didn’t know the story, though his reasons for doing what he’s done do come to light later.
More is kept from the audience, but at the same time, the pacing keeps things going. It didn’t feel too short or too long (though I admit I was holding it for the last 20 minutes–I learned to sip that frozen coke so I don’t miss anything and never get a bunch of junk food at the theater). 2 hours 35 minutes, not counting the half dozen or more trailers and “silence your cell phone” adverts before the flick. But it really lets you take in the world that was created, and let you get a feel for things.
This is the type of movie I desire to see in the theater more than any other. I really only go to the movies to catch films that I want to get totally absorbed in and just soak in the world and what’s going on. Some I’m okay waiting for DVD or HBO showings, even if I wanna see them.
But I have to say, I REALLY can’t wait for part 2, whenever that’s going to be. And I’m going online to download the soundtrack this weekend. I love the atmosphere created by the music, sound, visuals, etc. As far as I know, I’d never seen a Denis Villenueve film before, but he’s definitely a director I’m gonna keep an eye out for now, and I hope he gets to direct all that Dune has coming til the end.
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I take this as a recommendation to see the film. I have read the book and seen the old version of the movie, but I don’t remember lots about them. Do I need to reread or rewatch? Advice appreciated…
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You could probably just take it as it is. Go absorb it, then go read and see how it stacks up. Watch the 1st trailer: most of what’s there comes straight out of the book (the 2nd trailer includes things that are gonna factor more in the 2nd movie): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9xhJrPXop4
What I love most is it’s not a shaky-cam, yell-happy, CGI-fest. The effects look great and the story take its time unfolding. You might feel lost the first 10 or 15 minutes, but then you’re pretty much sucked into the universe they’ve built. I love films that aren’t geared toward 12 year olds with the dialogue and special effects. This is the first movie that’s felt like it’s meant for more thoughtful audiences (and the fans) in ages.
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This sounds like a lovely movie you experience rather than just watch.
IMO you need to read the book, I saw the movie then went back to read the book. They have left out so much. I have talked to some of my friends and they all agree, this should have been made like Game of Thrones. A lot is missing. Like Paul blaming his mother for the way he has become.
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I’ve read the book several times. And there was a bit in there where he did blame his mother, accusing her of making him a freak (in the still tent). Of course, there’s a part 2 to come, so maybe it’ll weave in a bit extra. Dune’s so rich it would probably only really satisfy if they made it a multi-season TV series.