Updated: Feb 10
There’s a reason this book was the inspiration for so many different science fiction stories we grew up loving. There’s also a reason it wasn’t terribly well known when it came to having its own movie. Because it did have a movie long before this year. It wasn’t very well received in its time. Not even Sir Patrick Stewart could save it back then.
But now we’re in the year of 2021. And in this time, we’ve made strides to be better to our fictional stories. Because our fictional stories are better than living in the real world! (I might be getting a little too real here....)
And Dune is a prime example of being able to travel to another world and live there for a few hours. It introduces us to the fantastical desert world of Arrakis and has us follow our hero, Paul. this is possibly one of the original Chosen One stories. It’s at least the one that inspired one of the more iconic “Chosen Ones.” But that’s a post for another time.
It also introduces us to the Baron. I don’t often make an audible noise of disgust, but yeah that’s what came out of my mouth in the theater when he made his first on screen appearance. This is a villain with no redeeming qualities; a rare find in this day and age. Of course, this may be different later on in the story, but the Baron is just a gross character. The type of villain you want to see defeated.
And that was portrayed rather well in the movie. Every time he was on screen, I felt tense. Like he was going to fuck some shit up any moment which he did in his own way. I probably won’t feel any kind of sadness if/when he’s defeated.
Something I will say about this movie though. It will not be for everyone. In the same way Lord of The Rings isn’t for every fantasy fan, Dune isn’t really for every sci-fi fan. It’s very lore heavy; with a lot of details that explain the worlds as well as cultures very different from what we might be accustomed to.
Trust me when I say I’m not trying to steer you away from watching it, though. I believe everyone should try something like this before deciding it’s “not for them.” All I’m saying is don’t go into this movie expecting to be able to shut off your brain and just enjoy the ride. It’s going to want you to remember the world. Which you honestly should, Arrakis is pretty badass. There’s always something really cool about desert planets.
Hopefully, I’ll be able to read through the novel before the next movie comes out. It would be nice to be able to picture the way things might go and have a deeper understanding of the universe. Of course, now Zendeya and Jason Mamoa are going to be two faces in this book as I read.
I shall return to my reading, actually. In the meantime, continue on your evil ways, fiendish nerds! Until next time!