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‘Dune’ sequel blows all expectations out of the water

Published April 1, 2024

BY SARA EYJOLFSDOTTIR

As one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year, “Dune: Part Two” combines a star-studded cast with a beautiful interpretation of its source material in what can only be described as a cinematic masterpiece. 

The sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s blockbuster hit “Dune,” released in 2021, “Part Two” follows Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) on his path for self-discovery and revenge following a violent attack on his family. The films serve as the latest interpretation of Frank Herbert’s book series of the same name, often credited as some of the most influential sci-fi literature to date.

Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) unites with the Fremen people, including Chani (Zendaya) on his path for revenge and self-discovery in “Dune: Part 2.” (courtesy of LEGENDARY AND WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC)

Sitting at a runtime of 2 hours and 45 minutes that somehow feels like only 30 minutes, “Dune: Part Two” leaves its viewers yearning for even more, as evidenced by the audience’s almost uniform stunned silence following the end of the film. Rather than an abrupt cliffhanger too commonly seen in modern media, this second “Dune” film teases at what is left to come in both Atreides’ story and beyond while still providing a satisfying conclusion.

Portraying the story’s complex main character in both of the franchise’s installments, Chalamet delivers on all fronts. Having already proven himself capable of playing the young, naive character present for most of the first film, the 27-year-old was faced with a far different task this film as Atreides must now become a fighter and, most crucially, a leader. 

Sharing the screen alongside the Chalamet were more of Hollywood’s biggest names, making this one of the most powerful ensemble casts in recent years. With casting playing a large role in the film’s success, there is not a single poor performance, from Javier Bardem’s portrayal as Stilgar to Rebecca Ferguson as Atreides’ mother Lady Jessica. 

A masterful blend of practical effects and CGI creates a fictional world on a scale to rival even “Star Wars,” with the design of the sand worms in particular sure to leave one on the edge of their seat. The sound design and impressive cinematography plays a huge role in submerging the audience on the fictional planet of Arrakis, the primary setting, along with the rest of the “Dune” universe, making this film the perfect experience for theaters. 

While its predecessor “Dune (1984),” directed by David Lynch, attempts to cram the entirety of Frank Hurbert’s first book of the “Dune” franchise, Villanevue is able to pay the story its due respect with almost double the screen-time as Lynch’s adaptation. 

With no confirmation on a “Dune: Part Three,” there will likely be plenty of time to learn the sandwalk. Watch out for those worms. 

9/10

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