In the very far future, the son of a Duke and a witch (really, she is) are assigned to a planet that will make them very rich — if they can live long enough.
Review 2021 by Flytrap
Written by: Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve, Eric Roth — Based on the novel by Frank Herbert
Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Jason Momoa, Zendaya
Complete cast and crew are here
Running time: 155 mins
When the Atreides clan replaces the Harkonnen clan, the latter, especially the bloated but lighter-than-air Baron do not take it well and immediately plot to murder their replacements.
This was better than I expected. The necessary expositions are few and handled well. The scenery is absolutely gorgeous and the special effects are flawless, as is the score. But I have a few reservations: They cut the book into two movies and while this might be needed, it’s unfortunate. The first 30 minutes or so kind of plod along, but once it gets momentum, it moves along nicely. Some of the characterizations are rather shallow, relying on a few sentences of dialog.
And Jason Mamoa still can’t manage more then a wry grin or a snarl.
Overall, sure, I’ll recommend it, especially if you can watch from home (HBO Max). There are no post credit scenes.
Flytrap rating: 7/10
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