First Glance: “Dune”

DUNE

One the biggest and most eagerly anticipated movies of 2020 has to be “Dune”, a massive science-fiction epic from visionary director Denis Villeneuve. This is the first of a two-film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s award-winning 1965 novel. David Lynch’s attempted to tackle the story in 1984, but his film bombed at the box office and with critics. Villeneuve is swinging for the fences with his December blockbuster that finally dropped its first full trailer today!

Our first real look at the film plays mostly like a showcase for its stellar cast. The film stars Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Stellan Skarsgard, Zendaya, Javier Bardem, Dave Bautista, Charlotte Rampling, and others. Most get some screen time (poor Bardem only gets a wink). We get a few fragments of story and a handful of stunning shots from cinematographer Greig Fraser. It’s a good introduction and I hope to see more of the world in the next trailer.

“Dune” hits theaters December 18th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

31 thoughts on “First Glance: “Dune”

  1. There is a rumor it will get bumped to next year. Tenet will open in the currently closed NY and LA markets, pushing back WW84 which rolls back to 2021. If that happens, I will turn into Rick Dalton by the pool. Hollywood, my flamethrower is loaded.

  2. This does look great. I went to read what people at IndieWire has to say as they bitch about how flat the film looks and such. I was like… “whatever”. It’s not going to be the David Lynch version (which wasn’t very good) nor was it going to be as visually-insane as what Alejandro Jodorowsky would’ve done. It does look incredible but also fucking epic in its look and scope. Plus, I have to give Villeneuve credit for at least using a Pink Floyd cover for the trailer’s music since Jodorowsky did want Floyd to do some music for his own film version.

    • I thought it looked fine. But as I wrote this trailer seemed more focused on highlighting the extensive (and insanely good) cast. But we did get several impressive world shots. Plus, you know we will be seeing more before it arrives.

  3. This is my most anticipated movie of the year and I’m an ardent admirer of the book series too. But, I do find it interesting that the trailer did not specify any definitive release date. I think it may move to next year.

      • I liked Lynch’s version to a point. It’s a truncated and flawed adaptation. However, it’s commendable for still retaining some of his aesthetic and penchant for strikingly weird imagery. I was lucky enough to see the film on 70mm a couple of years ago.

      • Oh that sounds cool. I haven’t seen that movie in years. It’s been so long that it would be almost like a new watch for me. I may try to give it a look before seeing the new one.

      • That’s interesting. I look forward to your revisited thoughts of the film. I’m always going to have a slight soft spot for the film. It got me into David Lynch, Brian Eno and ambient music.

  4. The preview looks very good. The only major issue I see with it is who they chose to be Paul Atreides. Not fair to give a young punk like him, who hasn’t earned his chops, such a juicy role. I looked at wiki to see that Paul was only 15 when the family was forced to move to Arrakis but it doesn’t say how old he was when he took over for his dad. Of course the hottest new stars are the biggest box office draw, regardless of their acting abilities or if they’ve earned it. I’ll see it but I’m disappointed.

  5. Well I know nothing about Dune, the book, the older movie version, nothing, de nada, niente. So I’m coming to this all virgin~like and that trailer looks SO epic, and Pink Floyd, class. I’m more excited for this than Tenet TBH. I might even (shock, horror) go to the cinema for it!

    • Movie of the year? It’ll have to work hard to top TENET on my list. Also, notice there is no date on the trailer. Rumors swirling Dune could get pushed to 2021. I hope not, but we’ll see.

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