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Dune (2021)


After waiting for so long, Denis Villeneuve's DUNE is finally out. As someone who loves the Sci-fi genre and Villeneuve's work, this was one of the most awaited movies for the year for us.


Synopsis :

Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), a gifted young man and heir to the House of Atreides, is sent to a dangerous planet of Arrakis, along with his family to take over the control of the planet and face the challenges in the desert. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet's exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence, only those who can conquer their own fear will survive.



First of all, I have to admit the scope and the huge scale of this immersive world built for Dune is just epic and impressive. This was one of the reasons I still think Blade Runner 2049 by Villeneuve is one of the best Sci-Fi films ever made. (Please note: This is just our opinion only. We truly respect everyone's tastes and don't expect anyone to take our opinion seriously) 😄


When I came to know, Denis Villeneuve's frequent collaborator Roger Deakins wasn't doing the cinematography for this one, I was a bit worried. But Greig Fraser knocked this one out of the park. The set pieces give an ancient as well as a futuristic vibe throughout. Just as the open shot came on the screen I knew this one was gonna be a beautiful movie with powerful cinematography. (The way they shot the 'Gom Jabbar' scene was just too good).



About the music, the legendary composer Hans Zimmer said that it was his dream to compose DUNE and it shows. Each piece of music is truly incredible. The music throughout the movie feels like from a different galaxy. You would find the scenes that impacted a lot through the use of vocals and truly elevating by the score. The music definitely captured the atmosphere of the film. The sound design and staging are just crazy and it genuinely makes it an audio-visual odyssey to be experienced.

(Please watch this movie in IMAX, if possible!)


The screenplay and dialogues were very cathartic, some of them stayed with us afterwards (My Arrakis, My Dune Chills). Eric Roth, Denis Villeneuve, Jon Spaihts truly did justice to Frank Herbert's work. I liked the dialogues from Duncan Idaho's character. In my opinion, his dialogues and character arc brought humanity to this movie.


I've heard that Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic was deemed ‘unfilmable’, well in that case, Villeneuve has done an amazing job. The story isn't complete in this film as it is to be continued in a series of films (I hope). At times, it felt that you can't catch up with what's happening. But as the movie progressed, you get clarity on what's happening and why it's happening. I went to watch Dune without knowing any context or its story beforehand. So you can count me as a normal movie-goer here 😅 I'm very much interested in reading the Dune book series now. Throughout the movie, you'll know how 'Star Wars' took inspiration from this Sci-Fi Fantasy world.


CONCLUSION:

DUNE may not be the most amazing film that people might have watched this year but it's one of my favourites now. With a stellar star cast and beautiful cinematography, the movie had to create an impact. Yes, the story could've been explained more properly but all in all, I'm very excited about what's to come for this franchise, which can change the Sci-Fi Fantasy movies, in a good way, that we all love.


TSHC SCORE: 9.2/10

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