Flash Movie Review: Dune
I KEPT THINKING I WAS SEEING something different compared to my friend. The way she talked, you would have thought her daughter was going to be a superstar. Now I am not an expert, but I thought her daughter was a good dancer. My friend had been a dancer and as soon as her daughter was old enough, she enrolled her into dance classes. As the daughter progressed in her training she eventually moved up into the competitive world of dance. Her mother was overjoyed and agreed to take her wherever the competitions were located. Since I had been part of this progressive journey, I came to realize my friend was reliving her dance years through her daughter. What tipped me off that the young dancer was not as enthusiastic as her mother was her facial expressions. I did not see joy or happiness when she danced; it was as if she was more like a robot who had been programmed to go through the steps in precise order. There was no passion coming out of her as far as I could tell. I could not imagine how much money my friend invested in her daughter’s training and costumes over the years. The way my friend talked about her daughter, I could tell she was placing her feelings on top of her daughter’s. It was hard when the daughter told her mother she would no longer participate in competitions and give up dancing. My friend was shattered. MY FRIEND AND HER DAUGHTER WERE not the first parent/child relationship I have seen where the two were not in synch about the child’s future. I worked for a man who brought his son into the business to eventually take over from him when he retired. The son was not interested in running a business; however, he certainly liked tapping into the company’s finances for his own personal use. There was nothing I could do about it; I was just an employee, but I could see the son’s way of doing business was not a sustainable business solution for growth. Eventually there would not be enough funds for the company to operate based on how much money was going into the son’s pocket. Sadly, my thinking was accurate because the company eventually closed after I had left it, just in time. When it comes to choosing a hobby or career path, I believe the child should be allowed to investigate their desires. If they succeed, then it was meant to be and if they fail, they will learn from it. It is one thing to encourage a child down a certain path, but I would never predetermine what they should become. It causes a conflict which I detected taking place in this action, adventure drama. WITH HIS FATHER BEING GIVEN THE role of ruler over a distant planet, the visions Paul Atreides, played by Timothee Chalamet (Beautiful Boy, Lady Bird), was seeing became increasingly disturbing. With Rebecca Ferguson (Doctor Sleep, Men in Black: International) as Lady Jessica Atreides, Zendaya (The Greatest Showman, Spider-Man franchise) as Chani, Oscar Isaac (Star Wars franchise, At Eternity’s Gate) as Duke Leto Atreides and Jason Momoa (Aquaman, Sweet Girl) as Duncan Idaho; this science fiction picture was visually and musically alluring. I found the sets and film shots enticing; not to be a cliché but the style had an otherworldly effect on the presentation. Having said that, I found the script to be weak compared to these stand-out features. The story was slow moving and as the movie progressed, I began to lose interest. I did not realize this film was Part One which I am not always a fan of experiencing. Because of that I did not care much for the ending. My experience of watching this film was like a comet passing across the sky; it surprises and ignites the imagination, but it is short lived.
2 ½ stars
Posted on October 25, 2021, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged 2 1/2 stars, action, adventure, drama, jason momoa, oscar isaac, rebecca ferguson, science fiction, spice, Timothy chalamet, war, zendaya. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.
My husband and middle two sons watched this movie because they are fans of the book. They had mixed feelings about the movie adaptation. One kid thought it was flaccid and failed to engage him; one thought it was beautifully filmed and well performed but that some characters were far too sidelined; my husband loved it but felt like it probably doesn’t work as effectively as a movie for anyone who has not read the book.
Love the mixed feelings from 3 of the family members and each viewpoint is valid. Thanks for sharing their thoughts and feelings Laura.
Good filmography but still weak, was happy to learn it is part 1 coz felt meh… Preferred to watch the few episodes of Foundation again and liked it better.. Felt like a build up that didn’t deliver.
I can relate to what you say and felt let down as well. Thanks for the comments.
Haven’t saw the new Dune, but have read the books and it is so much better in my imagination than any movie. However I did see the first movie, and it was closer to my imagination of the book, close, but not perfect. But then, none of them are.
HI Time Traveler of Life, thank you for stopping by to leave your comments. Because I feel the books are always better, I prefer seeing the film first then read the book.
If you see this version, I would enjoy hearing back from you.