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Denis Villeneuve’s Dune Shows the Limits of the Filmmaker's Sci-Fi

The tone may have been monotonously grim, the sound mix was murder on sensitive ears, and if I never hear another Hans Zimmer score, I'll consider myself lucky. But with his new film, Denis Villeneuve has succeeded where Frank Herbert and David Lynch have failed: he made Paul Atreides come across as a human being and Dune as an epic narrative. In my experience with the first three novels and Lynch’s film, Paul was a name attached to an archetype, and Dune an impenetrable treatise on politics, religion, imperialism, and ecology, thinly dressed as a sci-fi yarn loaded with jargon I could never remember. Villeneuve and his co-writers pared much of that away in adaptation. Thanks to this, and excellent casting in the form of Timothée Chalamet, Paul’s struggles and development into a nascent messiah are tangible, emotional events in a young man’s life, not theoretical dictates. And the plight of his family on the desert world, Arrakis, finally seems something more immediate than a Machiavellian chess game: a human story.



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