The Best Part of Dune Is Any Time Someone Says "Desert Power" - VRGyani News and Media

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The Best Part of Dune Is Any Time Someone Says "Desert Power"

Denis Villeneuve's Dune is a staggeringly large work, a galaxy-spanning Shakespeare-in-space opera that actually does demand the "see it on the biggest screen possible" tag. The only way to take in the scope of this film, with its city-sized spaceships and subway-length sandworms, is to get blasted backward by an IMAX presentation that's still struggling to fit every corner of Frank Herbert's universe into frame. It's grand, it's operatic, it's stunning to look at, and I want to immediately apologize to both Villeneuve and his grand ambitions because the most memorable part of Dune is every single time a character earnestly says the phrase "desert power" like an anime character discovering a new type of Pokémon. It happens at least three times, starting with Oscar Isaac's powerfully-bearded Duke Leto Atreides coining the phrase as a way to describe the untapped political potential of the desert warrior-people known as the Fremen, and ending with Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet) coming to the awe-inspiring conclusion that a good portion of harnessing "desert power" means you get to ride a very large worm. Every single time, it brings this impenetrable outer space epic endearingly back down to Earth.



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