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Dune: Part Two (M) - 2 hours 46 minutes

The epic remake of Frank Herbert’s 1965 science fiction novel picks up where Dune (2021) left off.

 

In this instalment, the exiled Duke of House Atreides, Paul (Timothy Chalamet) establishes himself as a leader of men.

The Fremen who live on the desert planet Arrakis may be sceptical at first, but Paul puts paid to their misgivings with acts of bravery.

 

He is put through a series of trials.

 

In his corner is Fremen tribe head Stilgar (Javier Bardem). He believes in the prophecy of a mother and son bringing prosperity to Arrakis.


To that end, he helps elevate Artreides' mother Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson) to Reverend Mother. Thereby, she inherits the memories of her female ancestors.

Young and feisty Fremen warrior Chani (Zendaya) develops respect for Atreides and becomes his lover.

 

But dark forces continue to gather and the war against House Harkonnen escalates.

 

The evil architect is the ruthless Baron Vladimir Harkonnen’s nephew Rabban (Dave Bautista), whose grip on valuable spice production is loosening.

 

Stepping up is the Baron’s other nephew, Feyd-Rautha (Austin Butler).

What a remarkable film. Dune: Part Two not only develops the narrative thread, but excels in the special effects department.

 

The filmmakers have pulled out all stops … and how.

 

The desert scenes, coupled with the costuming and sound are nothing short of spectacular. The impact is immediate and ultra-consistent.

 

Director and co-writer Denis Villeneuve’s mastery of his craft is magnificent to watch and the big names in the cast are up for all the action and subterfuge in the plotting.

Timothy Chalamet makes for a compelling lead, while Zendaya stands toe to toe with him as Chani.

 

I am a big rap for Rebecca Ferguson as the oracle Jessica.

 

Javier Bardem has a key role as Stilgar, while there is no questioning Josh Brolin’s loyalty as Gurney Halleck.

Austin Butler is unrecognisable, but menacing as Feyd-Rautha and Florence Pugh dignified as Princess Irulan.

 

Charlotte Ramling brings appropriate arrogance and entitlement to Reverend Mother Mohiam.

 

I recall saying this after the first instalment, but it is well worth repeating. If you are lucky enough to have the chance to see Dune: Part Two at IMAX, please do. It is genuinely an immersive experience. In short, it is the best way to see the film. 

Regardless, I would urge you to view it on the biggest screen possible, with the greatest sound quality.

 

Dune: Part Two is even better than Part One. I wish I could see Part Three tomorrow.

 

Rated M, this one scores an 8 out of 10.

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