A world beyond your experience, beyond your imagination.
In the year 10,191, the world is at war for control of the desert planet Dune -- the only place where the time-travel substance Spice can be found. But when one leader gives up control, it's only so he can stage a coup with some unsavory characters.
Dune was a book by Frank Herbert. I read it my senior year of college. Mostly. I had a paper to do on it (I have an English degree!) and, because it was senior year, I decided to drink instead so I just watched the movie directed by David Lynch.
The movie has hold on... Kyle MacLachlan? Really? Huh. I could have sworn. So he's Luke Skywalker and there's spices and they're on Tattooine. and there's some worms or something. And like magic glowing teeth or spikes or that they used as lightsabers, I think? I don't know. That might have been from a different book or movie. Who even remembers.
And Sting was in these crazy underpants. That was pretty funny.
Oh, five stars.
Were someone to ask me, 'Tony, what's your favourite novel?', my answer would unquestionably be: 'Dune'. No doubt in my mind. I have read Frank Herbert's tome many times and it remains a seminal masterpiece of science-fiction, riven with supremely complex detail, a vast mythology and a stunning array of futuristic, spiritual and metaphysical concepts around a multitude of characters. David Lynch is batshit crazy enough to be the only film-maker in almost 50 years since the book's publication to develop Herbert's magnum opus for the big screen and, for that, he deserves praise alone. Inevitably, however, the resultant movie aims high but lands middle - it suffers fundamental issues that keep it a decent film, but not the definitive…
Movie #2 in my David Lynch Project
To begin this review, I must admit that Sci-Fi is not my cup of tea. While Star Trek, Firefly, Blade Runner, and other titles are almost universally lauded on the internet, I have never really been on the bandwagon.
Enter Dune, David Lynch's adaptation of Frank Herbert's acclaimed hard Sci-Fi novel. Maybe it would have helped knowing the source material, but instead I went in with a blank slate. Sadly enough, I left with a blank slate as well. The plot within this movie is so structurally dense and condensed that I had trouble understanding the majority of what was going on. Yes, time travel spice. Yes, giant worms. Yes, love and…
lol fuck you thaddeus
You can hate it for having an incomprehensible plot but... it's a David Lynch film...and a virtually unfilmable novel, so please take the story with a grain of salt because on a second watch, those problems fall by the waste side. I'm over here having a grand old time basking in the glory that this thing exists to begin with. The balls to make it in such a discrepant manner and to get such an eclectic cast deserves my attention on its own. The visuals are enormous and sublime. How can you be bored with an 80s rendering of a universe 8,000 years in the future? Lynch with a $40 million budget which translates to well over $100 million today? I'm there in a heartbeat, and I will eat it right up.
Lets make up as many words as we possibly can. Lets ramble babble nonsense for a whole of 137 minutes, and see how confusing we can make things before the end of it.
Lets hire Kyle MacLachlan (lol), to play the ultimate meatball of all meatballs.. Hell, let's make him sticky enough to put Brad Pitt to shame!
..... And voiceovers? Really? If I REALLY found myself to be desperate enough, needy enough. If I found this uncontrollable urge inside of me. If I really had to know what everyone's thinking every 30 second of the damn film, I might just read the book instead.
I've never gotten into David Lynch as a director, and the special effects are really all over the place, but the production design made this film pretty enjoyable for me (loved the first shot of the ships landing on Arrakis), at least up until the last 45 minutes or so, when things started happening that I didn't really understand.
Film 20/100 of theJune Challnge
Ouch. This puts a dent in David Lynch's oeuvre. A mind-numbingly boring and contrived dent. I mean I have a thing for sci-fi and I was certain I would like this better than the "naysayers" said it was but I didn't. This was like watching a high budget soap opera on television every night. Besides some sumptuous visuals, cinematography and the mesmerizing soundtrack, Dune was a disappointing bore that confuses and alienates its audience due to its hammy acting, laughable script, and unfocused direction.
I picked this up on Blu-ray a few weeks ago and decided to finally watch it again in HD splendor. And wow, where do I start.
A little history first, because I don't know which is sadder -- the fact that I watched this on VHS at least a dozen times in 1985 (when I managed a video store) or that I maintained an unabashed affection for it the whole time, never thinking critically about what a mess it is. To be fair, I do still like some things about Dune, so it's not a complete waste of my time; but holy smoke, it's just unbelievably bad in places.
Out of the gate, it strikes me as a very bad…
Well I'll be damned if this isn't a thing. What the hell kind of thing it is--now that's another matter entirely. Other Lynch films are certainly more cohesively, unabashedly Lynchian, but I was surprised by how much this sprawling contraption still felt like his work. It's compromised and squished and smushed into a size utterly unsuitable for the material--Peter Jackson would've turned this into six 3-hour spectacles--but man it's just too weird to completely dismiss. With every passing year it gets harder to watch certain old-school optical effects, but even those are so funky, like the blocky force-field suits, that they're compulsively watchable. No desire to see it again, but when it comes to auteurist blockbusters, I also doubt that I'll see anything like it again.
@Camdun_Roar: There is alot of exposition to deal with, still the story is like a late night movie on the SyFy Channel. Music by Toto? 4/10
I have tried and tried and tried but this is easily Lynch's worst film and I am a big fan , again it is such a car crash of a film with head banging dialogue and such awful pacing which makes it one of the hardest films to sit and watch.
There was a TV edit that Lynch will not but his name to and it is longer then this which would be interesting but I would have to watch every film going before hand to make me watch that.
Loved the books and loved this film!
Saw it the first time when I was obsessed with the Dune books. Casting was perfect - just how I imagined them.
Saw it again - many years later - and still loved the movie!
Would I have enjoyed this movie as much if David Lynch hadn't added his special brand of crazy to it? Probably not. This is another of my favorites that I can pretty much quote all the way through. Just remember, fear is the mind killer :-)
The Captain from How I Met Your Mother is in this! That's all I really got out of this...