Dune, Part One: Review

Dune, Part One: Review

A beginning is a very delicate time....


When I heard they were doing a new Dune movie, I was very excited and very scared.  Dune has a reputation of being difficult to adapt, and even though David Lynch’s Dune is one of my favorite movies, it was a box office bomb when it was released in 1984.  It is a huge undertaking to adapt Dune to any screen and people will either love it or hate it.

I watched Dune, Part One yesterday at a movie theater, and I am pleasantly surprised that I liked it. I thought I would hate it and had second thoughts about seeing it. But I am glad I did and I might watch it again, especially since I have HBO Max.  Some will compare this to David Lynch’s Dune, but I cannot compare the two. Dune, Part One is truly a “Part One,” so it’s not fair to compare it to Lynch’s Dune since the latter tells the full story.  I can only truly compare the films whenever “Part Two” is released, but I really loved the music in Lynch’s Dune and I missed that in Dune, Part One.    


**There might be some spoilers in here, so proceed with caution.**  Dune takes place in the far future in which the known universe is ruled by Emperor Shaddam IV.  By Imperial decree, the Emperor has removed the House Harkonnen from their 80 year rule over the planet Arrakis and has installed the House Atreides as the new rulers.  Arrakis is home of spice production. The spice is the most sought-after substance in the universe, used by the Spacing Guild for navigation and can be used for a variety of health benefits. House Harkonnen launches a sneak attack upon House Atreides with the Emperor’s blessing.  The Emperor is jealous and feels threatened by the growing popularity of Duke Leto of House Atreides.  But there is also the Duke’s son, Paul, and his prophetic dreams and a hint that he might be more than just the Duke’s son. *** End spoilers.



The movie did a good job of introducing us to the characters and major players in the story.  The Emperor is mentioned but you don’t see him only the ones plotting for him.  I enjoyed the fight scenes especially when Ducan Idaho escaped the city.  Liet Kynes had more to do like aiding the Atreides.  The Voice used by those with Bene Gesserit training was well done with time stopping and a burst of inhumane distortion and force.  I also liked Jessica training Paul in using The Voice, though I’d like to have seen more of the “Weirding Way.”  The film was filled with subtle beauty from the different environments to the set designs to the music.  Paul's visions are weaved effortlessly into the narrative, building and adding more to each vision.  I would have loved more color in the background, set designs, and a little more weirdness in the costumes.  But, nonetheless, it was beautiful.  They could have added more of the Fremen and their seitches, but hopefully that will greatly featured in the next film.

Even though I’m very familiar with Dune, and I’m not sure if newcomers will understand or care enough to continue the journey.  I very much want to see what is next and hope we are able to explore more of the world and universe of Dune.  

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Beautiful visuals

The cast is filled with POC

Interesting details of the Bene Gesserit training, such as The Voice and hand languages 

Should be seen on a big screen


Needed more backstory 

Newcomers may not understand or care

Not very colorful or other wordly

From The Chatty
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    October 24, 2021 9:11 PM

    Yes, I wrote a thing but it's only my opinion, so take it with a grain of sand.

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      October 24, 2021 9:20 PM

      I love seeing Cortex reviews :)

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      October 24, 2021 11:31 PM

      I'm with you on the production design. The movie does look very good, but much like how Villeneuve streamlined the visual look of Blade Runner, a lot of the intricate, Byzantine-like madness of the production design from the Lynch film has been heavily modernized here. I kinda missed the bonkers look.

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        October 25, 2021 3:31 AM

        I agree. Some thoughts on the environment design:

        I did like the worm relief inside the Arrakeen palace.
        I wish there were more colorful banners and tapestries. The houses here are very Game of Thrones like and they always did a great job with that.
        Caladan was still too dead looking for my tastes.
        I get why, but I would have liked to seen a few bustling shots of Arrakeen. Again to use GoT, it would be like if they only showed mile away shots of King’s Landing and no shots on street level.
        I loved how many colors of deserts Fury Road used. And even Bladerunner 2049 had a wide range. This, felt flat comparatively.

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      October 25, 2021 12:19 AM

      I'll read after I see it. I'm avoiding the threads and OMG 30-some Youtube videos (today on landing page) until then.

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        October 25, 2021 9:43 AM

        Okie then! Haha! But be sure to share your thoughts are after you watch it.

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      October 25, 2021 4:01 AM

      It was a big hit in our sietch household.

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      October 25, 2021 6:04 AM

      I really enjoyed it, but had I not read the book last month I would have had no idea what was happening. I am excited to see part two! Going to read Dune Messiah and Children of Dune before then,

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        October 25, 2021 10:20 AM

        And don’t forget god emperor. It’s the end of the Frank story. Everything else is addons.

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      October 25, 2021 6:32 AM

      Nice write up! I watched it and enjoyed it a lot! I invited my mom over to watch but I was kind of worried it would be a bit too much, but she loved it too. She seem to have any issues following the story. I also like a few of the more mysterious details they added in the movie; it helped the universe feel a bit more alien and unknown.

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      October 26, 2021 12:02 PM

      Solid review!

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