New Dune Movie

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  1. Standingstones

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    A new Dune movie is arriving in December 2020. Actually it will be two separate movies due to the scale of the first book. Let us hope this third version will be better than the first movie (1984) followed by the TV movie of 2000.



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  2. Thomas R. Morrison

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    It's a great book. Hopefully, like Lord of the Rings films, it'll finally get the quality of telling that it merits.

    The David Lynch film did an amazing job of capturing the aesthetics of that world...but holy crap the script and the acting and the directing were stiffer than a corpse. I'd love to see this story come to life in the way it did in my teenage mind while reading the book.
     
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  4. August

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    I have all the Dune books and the older movie of it , can't wait to see this new version of it.
     
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  5. Thomas R. Morrison

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    Great trailer. I wish I could tell if the movie is any good, but I've seen too many cool trailers for awful films to have any confidence that a great trailer means a great film.

    Chani is perfectly cast - she looks exactly like I had imagined her. I dunno what to make of the Paul Atreides actor; his low-key mumbling line delivery could either translate into a terrific understated performance of a deeply introverted character (as Paul is portrayed in the book)...or it could come off as a stumbling lackluster characterization.

    The production studio can be rest assured that millions of sci-fi geeks like me will watch this film no matter what - even a bad telling of Dune is about 100 times cooler than anything else out there at the moment.

    Really not loving the early promo strategy...Oct 1, 2021 is a mighty long way off...
     
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    I’m looking at the new movie as a chance to correct the past two screw ups. I just hope that Brian Herbert has zero input into this movie. He fouled up the Dune books with his horrible pre-history stories.
     
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  7. Thomas R. Morrison

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    Glad I missed that series. I would love to read a Dune prehistory series that could show how our civilization turned into that civilization over the span of eons...but it would take a genius to pull that off successfully, and I gather that Brian is not a mind of that caliber.

    If human civilization doesn't implode and send us back to the Stone Age, it's fun to think about the kind of civilization that could arise in a few thousand...or tens of thousands of years. The possibilities are literally unimaginable.
     
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  8. 1963

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    I actually liked and am of the firm opinion that the David Lynch version is woefully underappreciated. ... Having said that, I do believe [am hoping] that the passage of another 34 years will afford the creators of this new version [that is not due for release until next October] the opportunity to improve the production commensurately. I do not entirely agree about the original cast's ineffectiveness ... in my humble opinion there were several 'tour de force performances' in the movie, such as Kenneth McMillan's Baron Vladimir Harkonnen and Sian Phillips as the truly fearful Reverend Mother Mohiam.
    All in all, it comes down to to the fact that a 'remake' has the added difficulty of being a whole lot better than the original just to tread comparison-water.... and to take the absolute accolade of being held as the foremost version, it has to be a real humdinger! ... I look forward to seeing if Denis Villeneuve is up to the task? ... I loved his 'Sicario' but so far am not overly impressed by much of his other offerings, though I tend to go against the general consensus of the mainstream critics in being of that opinion, especially as it seems that I am in the tiny minority that thought his 'Blade Runner 2049' was a bit of a let down. ... anyway, fingers crossed that he delivers what we all crave... a damn good few hours of brilliant imaginative escapism. :bye:

    Cheers.
     
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    Well, I watched this film last night , [or at least the first instalment... I didn't know it was a two-parter?] .. and have to report that I was left with mixed emotions about the experience. I say mixed because although I would not discourage anyone from going to see the movie, I also have to mention the fact that I was left ... well, underwhelmed! ... Not that it is a 'bad version' per se, ... it's just that after the hype and the passing of '37 years' I felt sure that this 2021 effort would have ground the old David Lynch film from way back in 1984 into the syfy-movie-dust! ... But nope! ... the expected improvement on the special effects was [in my mind at least] so minimal as to be just about negligible. ... The only real difference that sprung to my mind was the use of 'insect-winged-helicopters' on Arrakis. [which were 'borrowed straight from another of my old guilty pleasures Lexx.] ... The acting was what I would call 'sufficient without being startling' bearing in mind the undoubted quality of the cast. Though i'm not too familiar with the lead casting of Timoth'ee Chalamet and was of the opinion that he might just have been miscast in the role. ... but the rest of the main character casting was pretty good. Bautista comes to mind as a pretty adequate replacement for the brilliant Paul Smith. Stellan Skarsgard elected to play his super-villainous Vladimir Harkonnen a whole lot more subtle than Ken McMillan , but as always, a fine actor and produced the requisite amount of menace. The rest of the main cast were all trusted character actors such as Bardem, Brolin, Rampling, Ferguson, Isaac and even Jason Momoa were easily up to the task but were never really taxed to prove it.
    I know, i'm waffling again! lol. ... When I should have just said... it was o.k without being spectacular. ... And though i'm a little irked at having to wait for the second instalment... it wont eat away at me too much, and i'm now focussing on other 'upcoming and planned new syfy shows and movies' and hope that by the time 'Dune part 2' hits the cinemas, I find that Mr. Villeneuve has saved all the knock-out-glitz and surprizes for the finale. ... 7/10.

    Cheers.
     

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