Dune is the first successful film adaptation

...is a shining example of a modern blockbuster

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Timothée Chalamet in Dune 2021 © Warner Bros.

The modern interpretation of the novel Dune after numerous adaptations of the past years is an attempt to find answers to the questions that have remained behind the scenes until 2021. And indeed the fresh wind of technological change allowed us to look at the popular story of Friend Herbert from another angle.

The incredible scale of the film, its first-class technical performance and the feeling that you are in a real space opera completely attract attention until the end of the film. Despite the fact that most of the events of the film take place on the surface of the planets, the film still found a place for shots with liners and warships roaming open space. Unlike at first glance, Arrakis, Kaladan and Gedi Prime are imbued with a single futuristic: there is a place for sun-moving gate bolts, semi-underground anthill cities, and gloomy minimalist interiors that are not associated with.


Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica Atreides © Warner Bros.

The new film adaptation of the novel is a shining example of a modern blockbuster, each frame of which permeates the titanic work of first-class artists and CGI specialists who managed to sculpt from the writer’s crazy fantasies so visually perfect and “living” worlds that you involuntarily believe in their existence.

Atreides and Harkonnens lead armies that are often shown in general plans, reminiscent of similar 30-year-old shots hand-painted by Star Wars artists. The new film adaptation of “Dune” comes in an era when computer graphics can realistically reproduce anything - a huge mouth of a sand worm or power shields that cover the whole body. The director used this to make the world of Dune as tangible as possible.


Dune 2021 © Warner Bros.

Despite the richness of the event texture, the film is difficult to perceive as a full-fledged artistic unit. Along with the breathtaking graphics and the play on contrast, there is a feeling of “blurring” of some, at first glance, completely insignificant scenes. Honestly, why we spend five minutes to watch announcing the Emperor’s order? Why do we watch Paul walking for so long before leaving Kalanali? Why and why there are too much in this film.


Timothée Chalamet and Charlotte Rampling © Warner Bros.

A sense of open gestalt and a certain ambiguity - that’s what the viewer is left with after the final captions appear on the TV screen. Not surprisingly, taking in concideration that only the first half of the novel was screened. From that, the picture feels like a 2.5-hour prologue to the main events, an illusory promise of something more epic and meaningful. There is no doubt that every spectator will find something of his own in the sands of Dune. As for me, I believe that the continuation of the story will soon be available in cinemas.