The 2nd half gets very Raimi (yay!!), to the point where it almost makes up for the 1st half, which is the usual array of endless exposition and pre-vized to death flying and punching, aswell as the embarrassing cameo parade sandwiched inbetween. Thinking back on Eternals, I guess it's somewhat respectable that Feige's still keen to bring directors with idiosyncratic styles into his playhouse, it's just that he's never going to be able to make one of these feel like…
"Sweat and tears."
Terrific to see something so utterly committed to itself, especially when there's this much money involved. The biggest problem of the 1984 film was that it mistook Herbert's book for the quintessential science fiction text it's still made out to be i.e. for an uplifting adventure about a Boy who becomes a God when really it's a dire, convoluted and gloom-ridden meditation on power and religious fanaticism that's not at all interested in the awe of exploring…
Fucking phenomenal. The movie I've been waiting to see all year. Almost had to leave the theater halfway through because I was on the verge of a full-blown panic attack. Whether or not it was the movie itself or just my excitement over how good it was I do not know. Definitely one of the tensest, most awe-inspiring theatrical experiences I've ever had. Possibly James Gray's best film.