“Dune” Review: A sandy take on the Hero’s Journey

Timothee Chalamet stars in the remake of the notable SciFi epic “Dune,” where his character Paul Atreides fights for his life in order to save the people of his planet and his family’s legacy.

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Jordynn Blackwell

Jordynn Blackwell watches the ending of the new movie “Dune.” The film has is a visual adaptation of the 1965 novel of the same name.

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In a galaxy far, far away, a young boy learns the trials and tribulations of being royalty. Conflict lurks in the shadows as a noble duke is handed the responsibility of leading a nation. When he and his family travel to a new world for economic salvation they would never return and their lives would never be the same.

 

Denis Villeneuve’s take on Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel, “Dune” has been long-awaited by movie lovers and fans alike. The movie, set in the year 10,191, follows Paul Atreides: the movie’s protagonist played by Timothee Chalamet. Throughout the film, Paul has visions that reveal his future and the fate of his family’s empire. This gift gives him power and advantages over his peers in Atreides, so much so he is believed to be the messiah of his people.

 

The majority of the film is focused on the planet Arrakis, the never-ending land of desert and sun. The Atreides empire travels to Arrakis with the goal of taking control of the multi-galactic spice industry, which is an economic jewel in their universe. Because the spice is such a hot commodity, there is a strong (and immoral) competition between the royal branches of the multi galactic empire, which puts the Atreides empire at stake.

 

To put it plainly, “Dune” is a modern cinematic masterpiece, whether you are a SciFi buff or not. Like every other science-fiction spectacle, special effects are taken in high regard. The film sets a seamless illusion between live-action and special effects, with architecturally brilliant palaces, scorching desserts and larger-than-life sandworms.

 

The cast is an impressive feat in itself. It’s only up from here for lead actor Timothee Chalamet who has already made a name for himself in Hollywood from other blockbuster films such as “Call Me By Your Name” and “Little Women.” His performance in this film (and any film he’s in for that matter) is second to none and Villeneuve made no mistakes in casting the lead role. Chalamet’s chemistry with cast members such as Jason Mamoa and more especially Rebecca Fergeson, who were a true example of a ride-or-die mother and son relationship.

 

Whether you like a space odyssey adventure or a film with a hint of romance, I would not miss out on your chance to see “Dune.” With the world somewhat re-opened, you can catch it in a theater near you or stream it on HBO Max until Nov. 21 2021.