Dune ★★★★½

After Alejandro Jodorowsky's failed attempt in the mid-1970s and David Lynch's 1984 catastrophe, Frank Herbert's groundbreaking science fiction novel of betrayal, revenge, religion, politics and fate is given a deserved interpretation. The 1965 novel has inspired multiple filmmakers and other writers—in much the same way as Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep—and Director Denis Villeneuve noticeably appreciates its importance. The Blade Runner 2049 director invites his actors to virtually all underplay their roles, wonderfully capturing some internalised performances. It's an epic and magnificent accomplishment of world-building, and he turns the multilayered sci-fi classic into an involving adventure. He dramatically respects that the novel was written as an allegory for the Middle East and protects its central theme of political betrayal. Ultimately, his stunning cinematography, action scenes and contrasting colour palettes clearly accomplish what other filmmakers have failed to do.

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