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  • Writer's pictureJack House

Dune: It Really Does Look Nice

Updated: Dec 15, 2021

Just saw Dune, and I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed it. From start to end the most enjoyable thing by far were the gorgeous visuals, this definitely has to be one of the best looking films I've ever seen (and obviously a massive leap in quality from the 1984 predecessor). Also, how in many ways it plays with the massive scope of the source material yet it still manages to feel natural and a genuinely enjoyable movie in its own right. There have been complaints of it not sticking to the source material as much as it should, but being that I haven't read the book this is of no concern to me, as a standalone film it did its job well. Timothee Chalamet was a great lead, probably one of his best performances yet, but I felt Zendaya's contribution was pretty poor (in my opinion), so I'm glad she was kept to a minimum. Plus, you can't leave a review of this film and only mention the visuals just once. They are, throughout the entire runtime, simply incredible, one of the best looking movies (visual-effects wise) I've seen in a long time. However, the term "its almost too good" could be applied here- in many ways, it feels like so much thought, time, budget and resources were put into the looks of the film, rather than further developing things like characters and plot threads. This leads me to the only real complaint I had about the film, which was that it was clear that a lot of it was being shown to set up the second and even third films in the series, so not everything felt as fleshed out as it could've been. But looking at that from another angle, it does leave us with a good setup for a following feature, so I can't really complain. Overall, a very fulfilling experience I am glad I got to enjoy on the big screen.

Overall rating: 7/10

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