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‘Dune: Part 2’ Movie Review

Mar 6, 2024 | Admit One

Dune: Part 2. Perhaps the most anticipated film of the decade. And, shortly before its release last weekend, a film that had already set records by beating The Shawshank Redemption as the highest-rated title on IMDb (held since 2008). So, is this movie really worth the hype?

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Release Date: 02/01/2024
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
IMDb: 9/10
Where to Watch: In theaters

Dune: Part 2 is already, without a doubt, one of the greatest science-fiction films ever made, earning its place alongside beloved classics like Interstellar and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Picking up immediately where Part 1 left off, Part 2 begins as Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) and his mother Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson) flee into the desert under the protection of the native Fremen after the brutal execution of their House at the hands of the Harkonnens and the Emperor of the Known Universe.

Set against the backdrop of a bizarre, far-future world envisioned by Frank Herbert in his original 1965 novel, Part 2 takes the story to epic new heights and the deepest depths of the moral/political psyche.

While Part 1 was the story of a boy’s coming-of-age against the backdrop of a family tragedy, Part 2 is a love story between Paul and Chani (Zendaya) as he launches a ruthless campaign of revenge against his father’s killers. Much like Christopher Nolan’s widely-esteemed Interstellar, it is this very human focus that makes Part 2 so approachable to newcomers, giving a strange and sometimes off-putting sci-fi epic a beating heart familiar to any viewer of the 21st century, let alone the 222nd.

For those familiar with the book, don’t think this film doesn’t have surprises in store for you. Much like the first installment, Denis Villeneuve has taken the opportunity to introduce fresh sequences to this beloved classic and wasn’t afraid to alter key elements to accentuate the emotional impact of unfolding events. It is this bold willingness to alter such beloved source material while retaining the spirit of the book that – in part – allows the film to achieve the massive success it has.

Without spoiling anything, the alterations that Denis and team have made turned an already deeply moving and psychedelic rollercoaster into something far more immediate, intimate, and emotional; a true accomplishment for a film about epic political struggles and giant sandworms.

Whether you’re a longtime fan of this story set in the year 10,191 (Spacing Guild calendar) or a casual moviegoer looking to see what all the hype is about, Dune Part 2 is unlike anything you’ve seen before, and guaranteed to provide a stunning, beautiful, and heartbreaking journey through love, revenge, and mystical awakenings on the desert planet of Dune.


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