Released: 21st October 2021
Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isacc & Zendaya
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Writer: Jon Spaihts & Denis Villeneuve
Duration: 2hr 35mins
Genres: Action, Adventure & Drama.
Synopsis: Feature adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel, about the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy.
Where do I even begin? Like I’ve explained previously, movies that continue over the 2 hours mark is becoming normality. I only approve if I get the impression a movie production is structured correctly.
The opening scene informed me that this is only part one, and from that moment, I realised I was in for a long ride. I haven’t read the original novel, so my expectations were not high. I was doubtful that it was going to be entertaining.
I’m convinced that the foundation for this storyline stretches over 1 hour and 30 minutes. I spent that time anticipating when the core of the action would begin. I became slightly bored as things were developing at a slower rate than I expected. On the flip side, it allowed me time to understand the origins of the main characters. With multiple moving parts and intertwining relationships, there was enough to keep me on my toes.
Once the action arrived, the pace of the movie changed. It felt like the characters had earned a lucky star from the Super Mario games. Everyone was fighting to prove their loyalty towards their respected houses, and multiple characters who I thought would survive to the end began dying at a rapid rate. I felt like I was watching an episode of Game of Thrones because, at that point, no one was safe.
I wear glasses around the clock as I have a problem with the way light reflects into my eyes. Because of this, I struggled with cinematography. Multiple scenes were very dark, and I had problems making out the silhouettes of characters or the scenery. I would have enjoyed it more if I were able to see clearer.
They continuously referred to Paul as “The One”, which caused me to compare him to Ne-Yo from The Matrix. Paul reminded me of Anakin Skywalker from Star Wars. He also was raised as a perfect saviour who had powers others wanted. Those powers meant someone would attempt to manipulate him for evil. Watching him develop was interesting as he has barely scratched the surface of his abilities. Paul has a premonition that he is fighting dressed in gold armour, and it reminds me of the armour the soldiers wear in The Chronicles of Riddick.
I felt cheated by Zendaya’s character Chani as she spent more time in Paul’s dreams than she did physically with our leading man. I know that she will become one of the main characters in part two, so I hope for great scenes where her character displays her fighting abilities.
My Star rating: 3.5/5.
Multiple people have explained that they consider this a great movie from start to finish, and I agree with them to a point. It didn’t do enough for me to describe it the same way yet. I’ll continue to hold out for part two and take note of how it unfolds. Only then will I decide whether this franchise is something I can commit towards.
All images taken from Google Images.