Squin’s review published on Letterboxd:
Hard to give a rating at this point, because this very much is and feels like the first half of an extra long movie; I'm loving what there is so far, but it's incomplete. For the next instalment I hope to see Villeneuve lean into the ecological themes, and find an interesting angle for the white savior aspects of the story, plus ramp up some of the weirdness please.
I've seen some people griping about how dour and self serious this is, but I for one didn't realize how much I was craving a film of this caliber that actually takes itself seriously (and has the chops to pull it off) and isn't constantly undermining itself with bathetic drops and ironic jokes about its genre; I like marvel movies but not everything needs to be that, I think that's a big part of why the Justice League Snyder Cut surprised me with how much I actually liked it.
It's kinda wild how minimalist the world building is even compared to the novels, I don't think there was ever any mention of the word "Mentat", or any reference to the Butlerian Jihad.
Well, after anticipating the release of dune for 4+ years, it's time to start anticipating the release of Dune again