Will Sloan’s review published on Letterboxd:
The very definition of a movie that’s Not For Me, so don’t listen to me on this. My brain has a hard time with fantasy stuff. Dune-heads seem to like this movie, and I’m happy for them.
I’m sorry to say that Denis Villeneuve very consistently creates worlds that I don’t enjoy spending time in. This one is nearly three hours of looking at desaturated desert landscapes and cavernous interiors that look like the biggest and most expensive Apple Store ever built. There’s a solemnity and heaviness to his films — an oppressive sense that this stuff (in this case, a bog-standard “chosen one” story) is very serious business, and therefore not the sort of thing you’re supposed to take less than completely seriously. I think David Lynch’s version of this was bad and certainly a lot harder to follow, but it had images that surprised and delighted and have stuck with me.
I haven’t read the book. Many people think this movie looks great. Again, don’t listen to me on this.