DUNE: Part One – Rated PG-13 – 2 hrs. 35 mins.

This Review is brought to you by Kathy Kaiser

DIRECTOR: Denis Villeneuve

WRITERS:  Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve, Eric Roth

STARRING:  Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Stella Skarsgard, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Chen Chang, Dave Bautista and Charlotte Rampling

I’m sure that most of you, like me, have been in anticipation ever since we could finally venture back into theaters again, to see something so wonderful on the big screen, that there is absolutely no other way to watch it!  Well, batten down the hatch’s boys, as the film we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived, and it’s not only a cinematic masterpiece frame after frame, but the casting this time around is absolute perfection at every turn as well…welcome to DUNE!

Venturing to the sand swept planet that has been bestowed upon them by the Emperor, Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac), his love Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson) and his noble son Paul (Timothee Chalamet), have their work cut out for them, as no one on their new planet really wants them there, and it seems that even Leto’s guard Gurney (Josh Brolin) or Paul’s buddy and guard Duncan (Jason Momoa) aren’t really prepared for what all lies ahead.

And as Paul struggles with his new life in the desert, he also struggles with the revealing dreams he keeps having, as they are depicting a life that he may not want to venture into either. 

Caught between what his father wants, and what he feels is his right path, Paul begins an adventure into the unknown, that only fate, and his intense self-introspection and mind control, taught to him by his beautiful mother, can assist in saving his family, and his people…

I give DUNE A rating of 9 out of 10 / It’s a MUST SEE on the BIG SCREEN!  Director Denis Villeneuve (SICARIO – ARRIVAL – BLADE RUNNER 2049) has managed to take the science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, and add so much more to the story, than you could every try to imagine in your mind.  This fabulous creation by Villeneuve, also manages to diminish the 1984 version of this film, as it can’t hold a candle to this DUNE’s beautiful imagery and superb performances, throughout every inch of this film.  Villeneuve also manages to bring a new leading man into the stratosphere with this film as you watch Chalamet come into his own, right before your very eyes.  Playing opposite Rebecca Ferguson doesn’t hurt either, as her performance is key to this entire storyline, as her natural beauty and superb acting adds volumes along the way.  Of course, I was super excited by the performances of both Oscar Isaac and Jason Momoa too, as there isn’t too much that either of these gentlemen have ever done, that I don’t absolutely Love!  I was also taken aback by how beautifully shot this film is too, as you totally feel as if you are living alongside Paul, and his family, in the wasteland that they now call home.  I’m also hoping that when Part Two arrives – and hopefully not too long down the road – that we will get to see more from Javier Bardem and Zendaya too, as they’re limited screen time, didn’t sit very well.  I thoroughly enjoyed the soundtrack of this film as well, as when does Hans Zimmer ever make a bad score? But I didn’t like the fact that at times the soundtrack literally overloaded some scenes of this film with its intensity, taking away from the dialog that was being shared on screen.  But, with that said, that was literally the only flaw I could find with this fabulous film, as I suggest that you head out this weekend to catch the most incredible EPIC of 2021 so far, on the biggest screen you can find, as this is the only way that you anyone should experience the mesmerizing DUNE: Part ONE!

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