We are just a few hours from the mother of all clashes, India vs Pakistan at the T20 World Cup. And before India and Pakistan begin their world cup campaign, lets get to the big release of the weekend. And I have just finished watching Dune which is directed by one of my favourite directors Denis Villeneuve. A film that is a reboot of the 1984 David Lynch film by the same name had received a stupendous response worldwide and finally with the theatres opening up, it finally has an India theatrical. Its trailer promised to be this grand magnus opus, is the film visually stunning, lets find out.
Story & Screenplay
Based on the novel by the same name, I will not be divulging too many details about the story of Dune, considering that it may act as a spoiler and secondly the plot being too convoluted. But the story having plenty of subplots is visually stunning! And this is just part one of the story! The screenplay takes a little time to settle in, and it is more to do with you as an audience getting familiar with the world around. The world being futuristic is quite interesting to watch and the kingdoms and their people form the part of the narrative. It is indeed a magnum opus and can be enjoyed on the big screen! Once you get familiar with the characters, the story begins although at a leisurely pace. There are enough elements here to keep you invested throughout. The twists and turns are typical of an action adventure movie with stunning visuals that will keep you hooked and booked. And the last 30 minutes will leave you at the edge of your seat culminating into a final act that is nicely setup for the second part. Overall quite an impressive screenplay.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are quite well penned and definitely transports you into a futuristic era. The BGM is astoundingly beautiful and does full justice to the magnum opus tag. The visuals are absolutely stunning and breath-taking! The cinematography is an absolute winner too. Director Denis Villeneuve is yet again in top form. He is one of the underrated gems that are doing the rounds today but make no mistake he is right up there with anyone else. The detailing that he provides to each scene is just so satisfying as a viewer.
The performances are brilliant. Zendaya as Chani shines in an extended cameo. Likewise for Dave Bautista who is excellent as Rabban. Jason Momoa as Duncan definitely raises the adrenaline levels here. Javier Bardem as Stilgar is outstanding. Josh Brolin as Gurney is first rate! Rebecca Ferguson as Jessica is wonderfully restrained. Timothee Chalamet as Paul literally commands your attention throughout. This is a stellar cast that richly deserves all the accolades for a stupendous performance!
Dune is visually brilliant and the Magnum Opus of the Year. Available in a theatre near you and Highly Recommended!