Grand sci-fi epics are no longer as common in cinemas as they once were. To a large extent, they have been replaced by comic book movies, which are understandably more profitable for various reasons.

Of course, someone might argue that there are Star Wars and most recently Avatar, but these are more exceptions that prove the rule.

That's why it's possible to look at the new Dune movie as somewhat of a revelation.

Author: Tomáš Bajgar

Finally, A Successful Movie

From the very beginning, it wasn't any financial certainty. Fortunately, the fears of many that it would be a box office flop did not materialize. The film made its money back, and the second part is already in preparation.

However, the success is not due to well-targeted advertising or a long-established franchise, as in the case of the aforementioned films, but the simple fact that this movie is just great.

The novel Dune quite rightly belongs to the golden treasury of sci-fi literature. This cannot be said for the films, or at least it couldn't be until recently. The first attempt to film this literary masterpiece was made in 1984 by David Lynch and failed. The plot was too abbreviated and often didn't make sense.

In 2000, a television miniseries tried to restore the brand's reputation, which was much longer and therefore more understandable than the original film, but the cheap production and second-rate actors in the lead roles hurt the project. Children of Dune, the direct sequel to the miniseries, were better in many ways, but something was still missing.

The new incarnation finally gives the brand what it truly deserves – a generous budget, an unprecedented star-studded cast, and an excellent director in the form of Denis Villeneuve, who has already directed hits such as Sicario, Arrival, and Prisoners.an unprecedented star-studded cast, and an excellent director in the form of Denis Villeneuve, who has already directed hits such as Sicario, Arrival, and Prisoners.

A Complex World

In many ways, Dune is similar to The Lord of the Rings. It was also said that the fantasy saga could not be filmed. And as it turns out, it wasn't such a big problem in the end.

The same goes for Dune. Given its complexity, director Denis Villeneuve decided to split the film into two halves. The first one was released in theaters in the fall of 2021, and the second one is set to hit theaters this year.

The basic premise of both the film and the book is quite traditional – we've already seen countless stories of betrayal and revenge. But this time, it's a little different. Everything takes place in a perfectly imagined world full of gigantic sandworms, levitating fat men, living computers, personal shields, and of course, spice.

Not only does it prolong life, but it is also used for interstellar travel, which would be impossible without it.

Unfortunately, this spice is extremely rare. It can only be found on one planet in the known universe, namely Arrakis, the planet known as Dune.

A Slightly Different Blockbuster

The lead role in the new Dune is played by Timothée Chalamet, and it must be said that a better Paul Atreides would be hard to find today.

However, even the supporting roles are not filled by amateurs. Names like Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, and Stellan Skarsgard are well-known to even the slightly knowledgeable film lover.

Apart from the excellent story and cast, the new Dune also offers an amazing visual spectacle, which most contemporary Hollywood productions can only envy.


Cinematic Experience

Despite all its merits, this is not a work that can appeal to absolutely everyone. Mainly, viewers who expect epic space and ground battles from this movie will likely be disappointed. Dune tells its story slowly and offers action only in homeopathic doses.

Even so, it can captivate the viewer for two and a half hours. However, it doesn't come for free. To fully immerse oneself in the story, one must not only be in the right mood but also be sufficiently focused. Only in such a case can one expect a reward in the form of an amazing cinematic experience.