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  • Amir Steklov

Dune - (2021)

Director: Denis Villeneuve.

First: If you haven't read the book recently, don't watch it! (Friends tonight who havn't read the book couldn't follow nor understand some very important things)

From Villeneuve's other films, Dune remind me the most of Sicario (2015) - which is my least of my favorites. With that said, I did like this adaptation, it's the best one thus far. The character buildings at the first part of the film, makes the fall of house Atreides at the mid-point heartbreaking - and that's the best thing about the film. The acting is surprisingly good. The design is original and with good taste. The editing is okay, nothing special really. The Camera work the same... The music and sound design was disappointing, Hans Zimmer repeats himself and didn't write any tune that moved me or worth remembering. I was hoping to listen to something with much more character and movement - it's just the same ol' Hollywood crap with an Arabic twist.

Another good point is that I got the feeling Villeneuve is well aware of the story problems regarding "The White Savior" narrative and colonialism / orientalism themes. I felt he puts a lot of focus on showing the main characters' weaknesses, thus making them also victims of their own privileges.

Worth watching, of course, it's a Villeneuve film...


Verdict: 3 / 5 ★ - Okay.



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