Movie Review: “Dune”

After 80 years of ruling, and profiting from the spice trade on, the desert planet, Arrakis, the Emperor took that rule away from the cruel Harkonnens and gave it to the Atreides family.

Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac) accepts the challenge to bring peace to Arrakis, so he, his Army, and family (Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson) and Paul (Timothee Chalamet) head off to new adventures and challenges.

We soon learn that Lady Jessica and her son, Paul, have special (Jedi like) powers and that Lady Jessica has been training Paul to fully utilize these powers (the force).

Paul, Lady Jessica

Paul is also having vivid dreams about the future. One dream in particular involves a blue-eyed Fremen (a desert dwelling people….think Tusken) woman, Chani (Zendaya), who in various iterations of the dream either kills Paul….or helps him.

After taking over Arrakis, the new rulers find that the equipment needed to harvest the spice is defective, old, and in disrepair……and……there are assassins trying to kill them! WTF?

As a matter of fact, the whole reason they are there is not what it seems, and…….

All hell breaks loose, as……

Oh, to see what happens….you can rent this movie on your favorite streamer. We watched it for free on HBO Max during Xfinity’s Watchathon week.

“Dune” is a fantastic, epic, movie…..and it is only the beginning as Part 2 will be arriving in theaters in 2023. It is violent, unsettling, extremely interesting, and, yet, very very familiar…..

Which brings me to the crux of the italic fonts above:

George Lucas definitely read the book (first published in 1965) as there are dozens of parallels to Star Wars: To name only a few: Paul summons a force to help him, Lady Jessica and Paul can control people, there are desert people living on a desert planet (which was once a lush paradise), there are spice traders, there is a giant worm living in the sand that eats people and equipment, there is a healing liquid bath, there are armies with armor and helmets that look like Stormtroopers and the Mandalorian, and on and on……

Go to IMDb for more information.

Drive Safe! Never Forget.

More fantasy…..


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