Dune ★★★★★

I read through Dune while I was in high school and it's one among the most dense novels I'd ever read; one that seems almost unfilmable (the David Lynch adaptation proves that trying to condense the whole thing into one movie is a bad idea). Seeing how Denis Villeneuve would bring it to the screen also had me fairly apprehensive, but Villeneuve works around such constraints with relative ease, creating a new vision of Frank Herbert's novel that feels accessible for new viewers, yet also just as wondrous and sprawling as the words Herbert wrote.

It also feels like it's been such a long time since I saw a film that was anywhere near as gorgeous and epic in scale as this was and seeing it on the big screen only heightened that experience all the more. And normally I don't like the notion of ending a film with the intention of setting up a sequel, but knowing how much material would have to be condensed, this is where it feels like it's earned. Bring on Part Two soon, I'm ready.

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