Dune Part 2 Review

Sunday 3 March 2024

Plot: Paul Atreides unites with Chani and the Fremen while seeking revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family.

Film: Dune Part Two

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Writer: Denis Villeneuve, Jon Spaihts

Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Zendeya, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Rebecca Ferguson

Dune Part Two boasts a powerhouse cast, many names returning from part one with the additions of Florence Pugh, Christopher Walken and Austin Butler to name a few. Timothée Chalamet gave the performance of his life, having come of age as Paul, son of Leto, to his new role as a prominent member of ‘The Fighters’. With Zendaya’s Chani as his mentor, the two share the screen with undeniable chemistry as they battle of acting dominance, they are an on-screen dream. 

The most notable newcomer to the franchise has to be Austin Butler, whose acting prowess is no secret but his role as Ra-Baron of House Harkonnen will intimidate any remaining nay-sayers to the core. Feyd-Rautha’s attraction to violence is obvious in every scene he’s in, and Butler’s physicality in the role can’t be praised enough. Every scene with him on screen had me wanting to avert my eyes from whatever awful thing he was about to do. 

It isn’t just the acting and the characters that drive this story. Denis Villeneuve knows sci-fi better than any director in modern times and the scale of this film is one that demands to be witnessed on the big screen. The film itself is just beautiful and one scene in particular where the Emperor’s ship arrives on Arrakis was one of my favourites in the whole movie. The chrome mirroring the landscape below was a work of art and it’s incredible to think of what a modest budget the film was working with at less than $200,000. 

Around the two hour mark I became very aware we must still have a lot of story to cover and not a lot of time to do it. I don’t think I’d say the ending felt rushed but more that I’d watch another three hour instalment if it were offered to me -but a part of me felt mildly unsatisfied at where the story ended.

Part of the thrill of finally watching Dune Part Two came from the immersion of being in a crowded cinema with everyone eagerly awaiting the film we were about to see. Only once a year these days does a film bring in a crowd the way Dune Part Two has. I had a blast experiencing this one and can’t wait for round two.

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