Review: Dune

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In theaters and streaming on HBO Max

Based on the sci-fi novel from 1965, also remade from the first film adaptation in 1984, this epic film has been highly anticipated by nerds since early 2020.  Having not read the book or the original 1984 rendition, all I had were the thrilling trailers filled with eye-popping set design, breathtaking action and a jaw-dropping look at the infamous sandworms.  Not only are the special effects outstanding but the music, provided by Hollywood soundtrack powerhouse Hans Zimmer, creates the perfect backdrop for this visually stunning film.  FUN FACT! For the first Dune trailer, Zimmer supervised a 32-person choir via FaceTime (necessitated by COVID-19 pandemic restrictions) for the recording of a cover of Pink Floyd’s song “Eclipse”. Choir members gathered in groups of four over eight separate sessions in Santa Monica at Zimmer’s Remote Control studio while Zimmer conducted from home.

Dune is filled with a star-studded cast including Timothee Chalomet, Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista, Stellen Skarsgard (who plays an extremely creepy villain, Baron Vladimir Harkonnen), Oscar Isaac, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Jason Mamoa and Zendaya (just to name a few).  A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people.  A battle between good and evil, where magic and myth become reality.  I was not surprised to learn that this is the first of a potential two-part series (which hasn’t even been filmed yet, as the studio is waiting to see how this first film performs) and I will be thoroughly upset if the filmmakers leave us hanging on this one film.  This film is visually and audibly stunning and I can’t wait to watch it AGAIN!  Dune is a nerdgasm and it gets a huge thumbs up!

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