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- Denis Villeneuve's "Dune" premieres October 22, and stars Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya.
- For those who unfamiliar with the novel (or David Lynch's adaptation), here's why you should care.
- The story is epic, and the settings rival those of "Game of Thrones" or "Lord of the Rings."
Set on far-away planets in the distant future, "Dune" is aor "The Lord of the Rings."
Based on the 1965 novel of the same name by Frank Herbert, "Dune" has been made into a movie in 1984 and a miniseries in 2000. Now, another adaptation -Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, and more - is set to premiere in October.
‘Dune’ is a dream for Villeneuve, Chalamet, sequel or no
VENICE, Italy (AP) — Denis Villeneuve’s adaption of Frank Herbert’s “Dune” was always envisioned as two films. But even if the sequel is anything but a certainty, it’s already been a “dream” for the Canadian director and his star Timothée Chalamet. “Simply put, this was the honor of a lifetime for me,” Chalamet said Friday at the Venice Film Festival. “I hope we get to do a second one. It would be a dream(but) it’s already been a dream come true.” Chalamet, Villeneuve, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem all gathered to discuss the film at a news conference before its world premiere Friday night on the Lido.
Longtime fans of the "Dune" novels and the (admittedly campy) 1984 adaptation are excited to see howbrings this iconic story to life in his upcoming film.
And while "Dune" isn't a perfect story, here's why you shouldn't overlook this awe-inspiring and enthralling epic.
'Dune' focuses on the Atreides family as they try to survive on a new hostile planet
The Atreides family are the rulers of the ocean planet Caladan, and "Dune" begins with patriarch Duke Leto (Isaac) receiving an assignment from the Emperor to relocate to Arrakis - a dangerous desert planet.
Once on Arrakis, Leto and the rest of his family take over mining of melange, or "spice," a mysterious substance that prolongs human life and enhances cognitive abilities.
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Timothée Chalamet stars in the adaptation of the 1965 Frank Herbert novel, which hits theatres Oct. 22 With that in mind, Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly said, "If you're already knee-deep in Herbert mythology, you'll thrill to every whispered word" but warned, "if you come in not knowing the difference between a Holtzman shield and a hole in the floor, it's a longer walk." © Provided by People Warner bros. entertainment Those that haven't read the novel, however, can still find the film "breathtaking," according to Catherine Bray from Film of the Week.
Joining the Atreides on Arrakis are Duncan Idaho (Momoa) and Gurney Hallack (Brolin), two fierce fighters helping to train Leto's son Paul (Chalamet) in battle.
But unfortunately for the Atreides family, they're betrayed by one of their own soon after their arrival on Arrakis, and Paul and his mother, the Bene Gesserit witch Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson) are left to fend for themselves.
Eventually, Paul and Jessica come into contact with the Fremen, a group of people native to Arrakis. Paul learns more about his heritage and psychic abilities, and even meets his love interest, a Fremen woman named Chani (Zendaya.)
The remaining members of the Atreides family soon join forces with the Fremen to take back Arrakis and avenge their family.
Understanding the planets, customs, and people of 'Dune' can be daunting, but at its core, it's a coming-of-age story
Bene Genneserits, the Kwisatz Haderach, gom jabbars, and Arrakis - much like any sci-fi story, the names of people and places in "Dune" can take some getting used to.
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There are also complicated interplanetary politics at play involving House Atreides, their rivals the Harkonnens, and the Padishah Emperor Shaddam.
But at the center of "Dune" is a coming-of-age story involving Paul, the young son of Duke Leto who's forced to fight for his life and his family after a terrible betrayal on Arrakis.
Throughout "Dune," Paul grows from a naive young nobleman into the all-powerful Kwisatz Haderach - the messiah of the Bene Gesserit sisterhood who's thought to see both the future and the past. Along the way, he also meets his love interest, Chani, and becomes a skilled fighter and soldier, even planning revenge on the Harkonnens.
Strip away the sci-fi trappings, and "Dune" is just a classic coming-of-age story - albeit one set on a distant planet in the future.
While the 1984 adaptation was definitely entertaining, this adaptation seems better suited to Herbert's original vision
There's a lot to unpack in David Lynch's 1984 adaptation.
I watched the long-awaited 'Dune' remake starring Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya - and it was loud, long, and entertaining
Denis Villeneuve's remake of this sci-fi classic is actually very good. Although the film stars Timothée Chalamet, Jason Mamoa stole the show.These new measures didn't have anything to do with COVID-19. Instead, attendees were asked to place their phones and all other recording devices into sealed bags as part of an "anti-piracy extraordinary measure" as requested by the film's production, the email read in part.
Starring Sting, Kyle MacLachlan (of "Twin Peaks" fame), Patrick Stewart, and Max von Sydow, among others, the movie was a commercial and critical failure that was subsequently disowned by Lynch.
But for true "Dune" fans, the movie is still worth a watch, if only for the '80s-appropriate soundtrack by Toto and the inclusion of the, yet somehow included in key scenes in the movie.
Despite the endearing parts of the, Villeneuve's adaptation seems like a much more accurate representation of Herbert's sprawling, dense novel.
For starters, the new "Dune" wisely focuses on the first half of the novel, meaning that there will hopefully be more exposition and character development than in Lynch's jam-packed version.
There also seems to be a marked shift in tone - while Lynch's film was (unintentionally) campy and featured a buffoonish villain, Villeneuve's adaptation seems darker and sleeker, with an antagonist () to match.
While some fans may always have a soft spot for David Lynch's fantastical reimagining of Herbert's novel, if the new trailer is any indication, Villeneuve seems like he's truly done right by the unforgettable epic.
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The star-studded cast will also make it worth a watch, too
Chalamet was a brilliant casting decision for the role of Paul. Chalamet's work in films like "Call Me By Your Name" and "The King" has shown he's up to the challenge of playing a lonely nobleman.
Zendaya, too, is sure to be unforgettable as Chani, Paul's Fremen love interest who will hopefully have more of a role (and more lines) in this adaptation than in Lynch's.
And with Momoa, Brolin, Isaac, and others also in the mix, "Dune" is primed to be a serious awards contender once it premieres.
But some have pointed out the problematic nature of the book and movie
After thepremiered, numerous Twitter users pointed out that the film - which is set and filmed in the Middle East and draws heavily from Middle Eastern culture - doesn't include a single actor from that region of the world.
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People also pointed out that Herbert based the Fremen people, as well as their beliefs and culture, on people from the Middle East.
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People said they found it disappointing that "Dune" didn't include more actors from that region of the world, especially given how influential Middle Eastern and Arab culture was to the creation of the story.
And while filmmakers did, it's no excuse for the lack of Middle Eastern representation in the cast.
'Dune' isn't a perfect film, but fans should still be excited to see it
With an enthralling yet relatable story, a star-studded cast, and an intricately-built world, "Dune" will definitely be a must-see movie.
While the story itself has some flaws and representation could have been better, the trailer for "Dune" proves it will be a once-in-a-lifetime cinematic experience.
How to Watch ‘Dune’ .
See Timothée Chalamet, Oscar Isaac and Zendaya in this epic space opera on Oct. 22, in theaters and on HBO Max.While Dune’s director, Blade Runner 2049 filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, is urging audiences to go experience the film in theaters, it will premiere on streaming simultaneously for viewers who wish to go on the epic cinematic journey through space from the comfort of their own living rooms. Warner Bros. is set to release all of their 2021 films, including Suicide Squad, Dune, and The Matrix 4 on HBO Max for a limited 31-day period following their premiere. Subscribers of the ad-free HBO Max plan will be able to access Dune at no extra cost.