Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ Delivers Indescribable Moviegoing Experience

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The overall concepts and characters are phenomenal, but the dense world-building can sometimes be a bit of a slog for the uninitiated. And that’s not to disparage Herbert or his works.

The man was way ahead of his time, lambasting our mistreatment of the planet long before it was fashionable to do so.

The initial reviews coming out of the Venice Film Festival (where the title held its world premiere last month) did nothing to assuage the nagging feeling that I would encounter the same brand of tedium from my failed attempts to read the source material.

Boy, was I wrong.

It's a transcendental high that goes beyond mortal description. This is a purely cinematic experience that needs to be witnessed on the biggest screen possible with the best sound system around.

As with all of Warner Bros.' film releases this year, Dune is also available to stream on HBO Max, but I strongly advise that you forego watching this title at home (so long as you are fully vaccinated and comfortable, of course).

I now understand why Villeneuve was so pissed off by this hybrid day-and-date model when it was first announced by the studio last December.

Dune perfectly encapsulates our collective love of the movies. It is a dream plucked from the unconscious mind and carefully woven into the delicate threads of a project beam.

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