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Captivating ‘Dune’ is why people go to the movies

Published Dec. 15, 2021

BY SAFIA BOUHAJA

The long-awaited sci-fi film “Dune” has finally come out and is definitely worth the wait because it is phenomenal from beginning to end. 

All phenomenal movies have their flaws, and “Dune” is no exception. Although there seem to be parts of the film that are missing and misleading, Timothée Chalamet and his supporting actors successfully convey characters’ feelings, and the film’s cinematography is vastly entertaining.

Set in the year 10,191, the film focuses on Paul Atreides (Chalamet), son of Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac), and the heir to the House of the Atreirdes. He is sent by the Padishah Emperor to travel to the desert planet of Arrakis, the most dangerous in the universe, to secure the future of his friends and family. However, there is conflict regarding the most valuable resource that this planet supplies. 

It is fascinating how the plot takes what has been happening in the last 20 years in the real world to predict what will happen in the future. The movie portrays a similar story of the friction that has gone on for years with the U.S. and Europe against some Middle Eastern countries over oil, but in this case it’s over spice, a precious resource only found in the planet of Arrakis. 

Considering the fact that the “Dune” features Islamic imagery and cultural factors, there is a lack of Middle Eastern and North African actors and actresses. This could have been a great opportunity to include MENA actors and actresses, but casting directors Francine Maisler and Jina Jay unfortunately failed to do that.

Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) alongside Gurney Halleck (Josh Brolin) as they try to escape a sandworm. (courtesy of LEGENDARY AND WARNER BROS)

On the other hand, the film’s stunning visuals produced by Denis Villenueve are impressive. 54Ffuturistic spacecrafts keep viewers on the edge of their seats and their eyes glued to the screen. Every shot is truly a masterpiece. 

“Dune” meets the expectations, in the sense that it enchants its viewers, yet the movie feels like a trailer for the next “Dune: Part Two” because everything that happens are events that will lead up to the sequel. 

Furthermore, Zendaya’s role (Chani) is quite small. She has roughly seven minutes of screentime, a surprise considering how much she was advertised and promoted for the film. Many fans of the film may feel misled about the “Spider-Man” star’s involvement in the film. 

Overall, “Dune” is well directed and produced. Viewers have a lot to expect after what the first “Dune” has to offer.

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