Dune

Dune ★★★★½

The greatly anticipated cinematic event of 2021 is finally here and whilst naturally it's not going to be for everyone, it ended up being something that I truly appreciated. In terms of scale Denis Villeneuve has never worked with anything bigger than this. Not only is it a massive world to capture on-screen but the writing and orchestrating of the characters is done in a way that's on a whole new level for him as a filmmaker. I do think that this adaptation of Frank Herbert's story will go down as the definite edition and it truly deserves that recognition.

The characters of the film are focused on with different points of view and sections of time depending on their position in the story. And whilst that can sometimes limit what we see from them, in the grand scheme of things everyone impresses. I got the excellent performances I've come to expect from the likes of Chang Chen, Charlotte Rampling, Oscar Isaac, Javier Bardem, Stellan Skarsgård and Zendaya (despite how little you ended up seeing from her) to name a few but most notably I was surprised at just how much I enjoyed Jason Momoa's role as Duncan Idaho. A standout for sure.

Now to discuss Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides. There seems to be two camps as far as the reception to Chalamet in general is concerned, personally I'm in the camp that finds him extraordinarily talented. Presently I consider him to be one of the best of his generation. My generation I suppose given that he's all of a year younger than me, and as much as I love Kyle MacLachlan for me Chalamet IS Paul. Absolutely. He brings the character to life in a way that suits both the tone of the story and the challenges it brings.

Aside from that as you would expect, the film is a visual masterpiece. I mean that in the sense of the cinematography, the costumes, the lighting and the effects. Having absorbed the source material previously, It fitted perfectly with what I've always had in mind. Also and I know It might seem like a pointless exercise to say it but Hans Zimmer's score is positively spellbinding.

Overall Dune is the cinematic achievement I'd hoped it would be and I've no doubt that many elements of the film will remain stuck in my memory for months to come. And when we come back to look at this film (and hopefully it's sequel) in years to come I do think that it'll be seen as a defining film of this decade. And If not this decade, certainly this year.

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