Dune’s First Impressions Conquer Critics

Dune’s First Impressions Conquer Critics

Dune, the new science fiction bet directed by veteran Denis Villeneuve, is described by some critics as a masterpiece and they ask for a sequel

In recent years there have been numerous science fiction projects, some based on the older best sellers del género, highlighting series like The Dark Matter (2019), The Expanse (2015) the The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (2019), to name a few of them.

However, do not forget the original proposals that, little by little, they have been gaining a niche in current popular culture; series like The Mandalorian (2019), Star Trek: Discovery (2017), Star Trek: Picard (2020), Dark (2017) or the most recent Raised By Wolves (2020). Some people even dare to label this last decade as the new renaissance or the golden age of science fiction in the audiovisual medium.

Therefore, it is convenient to talk about the next blockbuster that brings us Warner Bros. Pictures y Legendary Pictures by the well-known filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, which already has experience in the genre having shot behind his back The arrival (2016), which gave him a Oscar nomination for best director, O Blade Runner 2049 (2017), the sequel to Blade Runner (1982) directed by Ridley Scott.

Although Blade Runner 2049 did not get considerable box office data, it did have the approval from the specialized critics and the public, generating great expectation for what would be the director’s next project previously mentioned. This is how the idea for Dune came about.

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First of all, it should be noted that It is not the first time that it has been taken to the big screen an adaptation of the work of the now mythical science fiction author Frank Herbert, published in the year 1965. Back in the year 1984, the today acclaimed director David Lynch brought us a somewhat different version of the novel of the same name, which generated some controversy by the readers of the novel at the time and that it ended up becoming a cult movie.

Hence, it is clear that investing a budget of around 165 million dollars it would be a risky proposition. In any case, the extensive tour of director Denis Villeneuve has maintained great interest among viewers and his followers thanks to films such as Hitman (2015), Prisoners (2013), Fires (2010) the Enemy (2013).

Just a few weeks before the long-awaited release of Dune, the movie already it was projected in the prestigious Venice International Film Festival, where world-renowned works such as Joker (2019) or one of the films previously directed by the same director Denis Villeneuve, the already mentioned The arrival (2016). Evidently, The first reactions have not been long in reaching social networks about the movie.


Criticism of the film Dune

In the first place, the mostly positive responses by critics who have already published their Twitter reviews, highlighting above all the magnificent work at management level by Villeneuve, praising the performances of Timothée Chalamet, Stellan Skarsgård, Javier Bardem, Rebecca Ferguson and Sharon Duncan-Brewster.

In addition to the aforementioned, the masterful compositions from the soundtrack by master Hans Zimmer; there were even some critics that already cataloged it as a future classic or cult film within the genre of science fiction and cinema in general, So what wont leave anybody indiferent.

In the same way, it is mentioned on more than one occasion that, although the film lasts 155 minutes, it is very enjoyable to see, being a movie with a overwhelming pace but that, even so, they wished it had lasted longer. It is also highlighted that you do not need to know anything about the universe of novels to enjoy the experience, but what captures all the essence and it turns out to be a very faithful adaptation of Frank Herbert’s work, balancing the rawness of said world with a hopeful tone in the background packed with considerable emotional charge.


First impressions of the movie Dune

Next, some of the spoiler-free first impressions of the movie Dune to get an idea of ​​what is possibly coming:

In verbatim words by Awais Irfan: “Sometimes you just know when you’ve just seen an all-time classic… AND Dune is, for me, one of the greats of all time. Denis Villeneuve’s obra magna it is an overwhelming symphony of spectacle, sound and narration. A cinematic odyssey as visceral as it is epic “.

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On the other hand, the journalist Erik Davis of Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes says the following: “I’ve seen Dune And it is one of the most immersive cinematic experiences I’ve ever had with a sci-fi movie. Here is exhibited a masterful cinematography. When combined with its huge and monstrous sound, the tape wonderfully transports you into a whole new, exciting world. horrible but at the same time beautiful.

I was absolutely in awe of the craftsmanship of this movie. Every little detail is combined with this immensely powerful sound. Could be Hans Zimmer’s best work as a composer; the sound is really extraordinary, like visual and sound effects and makeup work. What they do with Stellan Skarsgård it is WILD.

Mis preferred performances have been those of Stellan Skarsgård, Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Javier Bardem (I wish there were more in the movie) and Sharon Duncan-Brewster, the last of which has an incredible cinematic moment near the end.

If WB (Warner Bros) doesn’t allow this whole team to do Dune Part II, it will be a big mistake. There will not be a single person who leaves DUNE without thinking about what will come next. This is a movie that needs its counterpart to feel complete. Perhaps that is negative, but it is the truth ”.

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On the other hand, Steven Weintraub, editor-in-chief for the Collider website tells us: “I know you are used to people getting excited about a movie on social media after its release. But believe me when I say that Denis Villeneuve’s Dune is a masterpiece, not only science fiction but cinema in general. I haven’t felt transported like this in a movie theater in a long time.

All about Dune it works. From the AMAZING soundtrack by Hans Zimmer until the stunning cinematography of Greig Fraser, going through the gorgeous costume designs by Bob Morgan and Jacqueline West…, The movie feels like they have gone to the other end of the galaxy and filmed what was really happening at that moment.

The movie lasts 2 hours and 30 minutes and flies by. My biggest complaint about Dune is that it wasn’t 6 hours. In a perfect world, Dune will be a great success and Villeneuve will make its sequels. I need to see how the rest of this story unfolds on movie screens ”.


From the point of view of Aaron Couch, Senior Editor for The Hollywood Reporter newspaper and website: “I have experienced Dune. It’s a once-in-a-generation movie, similar to when The Lord of the rings hit the big screen 20 years ago. When he finished, he was ready to see more“.

Also, the Nerdist senior editor and author of novels about the Star Wars universe and The Avengers, Dan Casey, expresses: Dune it’s cinematic thunder. Perhaps my favorite movie of the year. Denis Villeneuve and company created a phenomenal adaptation of Herbert’s work.

It feels strange in the way that the best science fiction does and balances visceral violence and cruelty with resistance and hope. A real success. By the way, if you can, go see Dune in a movie theater on the biggest screen possible so you can feel the bass vibrating through your body as if it were using the Voice in you. I can’t wait to see her again and again while I look forward to Part 2“.

To end with the first positive reactions, it is worth mentioning the comment of the screenwriter Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press review since 2014, which tells us the following: Dune is fantastic. I walked in knowing nothing and was completely mesmerized by the strange world. It is exciting and emotionally authentic. And, I don’t know, it was 8:15 in the morning in Italy and I was too tired and I had three espressos in it, but i even cried“.


Nevertheless, not everything is praise. Despite the colossal favorable statements the film has received, there are also negative comments and reviews, like the one that offers us David Ehrlich, IndieWire’s chief film critic:Dune is a huge disappointment, the movie equivalent of receiving a novelty-sized check for six dollars. Excited enthusiasm is the killer of the mind. “.

Cast of the movie Dune

The film features a unmatched cast, headed by Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name, Lady Bird, Little Women, El Rey), who plays the main character Paul Atreides, Oscar Isaac (X-Men Apocalypse, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as the Duke Leto Atreides, zendaya (The Great Showman, Spiderman: Homecoming, Euphoria) as Chani, Rebecca Ferguson (Mission Impossible: Fallout, Doctor Sleep, The Great Showman) as Lady Jessica, Josh Brolin (Sicario, No Country for Old Men, Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool 2), Chernobyl, Mamma Mia !, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Thor) as the Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy, Specter, The Army of the Dead) as Glossu Rabban, Jason Momoa (Aquaman, Game of Thrones, Conan The Barbarian).

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Finally, remember that the US premiere of Dune is scheduled for the next October 22, but in Spain we will have the privilege of being able to enjoy it before from September 17. Denis Villeneuve He hopes that his film will be successful at the box office and by critics and the public to be able to specify an upcoming sequel in order to capitulate the story of the first book, and even went so far as to state that it would be interested in adapting The Messiah of Dune for the big screen in the future.

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Dune’s First Impressions Conquer Critics