At this point it is repeated ad nauseam that Dune – 80% is one of the most anticipated releases of the year. After so many conflicts, the film was released during the Venice International Film Festival where it was very well received by critics and the public. Although clearly presented as the beginning of something much bigger, the film manages to capture attention to tell its own story with a fairly confident Timothée Chalamet in his role as Paul Atreides. According to the first comments, Denis Villeneuve demonstrates once again that he is an expert in balancing issues of philosophical depth with science fiction, as he already did with The Arrival – 94% and Blade Runner 2049 – 88%.
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The task of carrying Dune it was not easy at the big screen. In addition to the fact that Frank Herbert’s novel is huge and only the first piece in a saga that explains an extremely complex and tangled universe, the genre and the possible length of the film were obstacles to overcome. David Lynch, for example, ended up really frustrated with his adaptation because the production company did not allow him to make a sequel. In the case of Villeneuve, a similar complication occurred, but as in these times the public is already used to sitting for hours to see something epic, as the premieres of Avengers: Endgame demonstrated – 95% and Zack Snyder’s Justice League – 82%, Dune he could afford to last longer than usual.
On the other hand, the science fiction genre is always somewhat complicated. Although from its literary beginnings it has served to deal with existential and very human themes, in the cinema it has been more useful to associate with action points and thriller to please the audience. This has caused many to see the genre as something minor, especially when we talk about Space Opera, a subgenre that involves the existence of various extraterrestrial races and travel through the universe and its various planets. Star wars, the greatest example of this subgenre in the cinema, served to popularize it, but also to lay foundations that many followed ad nauseam.
Although Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope – 93%, ironically inspired by the novel by Frank Herbert, is considered a masterpiece and a classic in many, many ways, it certainly stays away from deep themes and follows a traditional story. What it did do in an incredible way was unifying the story for the franchise, as well as creating new technology to make the viewer feel trapped in the movie. Visually, George Lucas’s creation will not fail to inspire other directors and writers.
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Maybe Denis Villeneuve He’s very into the existentialist aspects and human concealment, but when he’s doing science fiction he can’t help but use Star wars as a guide, and he himself knows that this is not necessarily good. Yes Dune It requires something to go down in history, it is precisely to show something totally new in order to become the example to follow and not an imitation. In an interview with The Wrap, the director explained the challenge of parting ways with the famous saga:
The main… I don’t mean enemy, it was Star Wars. It’s well known that Star Wars was deeply inspired by Dune, and here we are, making a Dune movie, and we’re Star Wars kids. Finding our own identity and bringing something that we hope is fresh and new to the audience was a very fun challenge.
To overcome this problem, the director focused solely on the novel and his childhood dreams which he used to work privately with the artist who made the storyboard:
It had a very powerful source material. All the details created by Frank Herbert are so rich and precise; the dream was that people who loved the book will feel that we put a camera in their minds and return images to them that will feel like what they imagined when they read the novel.
The future of Dune it is somewhat uncertain. Although the reviews are quite positive and the director and cast, and anyone who has seen it, ask that it be seen in theaters, the film will also be released in HBO Max which can significantly affect your box office. The sequel will depend on the reception of the public and the profits, as it was not a cheap project at all. Denis Villeneuve he is sure that the second part will receive the green light very soon, and fans of the novel hope that it will.
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