Dune (2021)

Beauharnois, Quebec’s Denis Villeneuve might have experience with big-budget sci-fi movies thanks to his previous film, Blade Runner 2049, but Dune makes Blade Runner look like a quaint, simple little film in comparison.

Adapting Dune, Frank Herbert’s seminal masterpiece, was a challenge. Dune, like planet Arrakis where the action takes place, is vast and hard to approach. The saga tells the story of Paul Atreides, son of the duke of House Atreides, as he sets foot on the hostile planet, source of the known universe’s most valuable resource, spice.

But their trip to Arrakis is a trap set by the emperor, and soon Paul must seek an alliance with the Fremen, the planet’s native people who see Paul as a messiah.

It’s a complex story, full of layers and subtlety, but Villeneuve rises to the challenge of directing this behemoth of a movie. If ever there was a movie worthy of the phrase ‘’every frame a painting,’’ it’s this one. And as such, Dune is the sort of movie you need to see on the big screen if you can.

With such a good start at the box-office, the perspective of a sequel to Dune seems more and more likely, and we can’t wait for Villeneuve to have the opportunity to conclude this epic saga.

Review by Pier-Luc Ouellet

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Directed and co-written by Denis Villeneuve