MOVIES BY THE SLICE — “Dune: Part Two” delivers masterful experience

Published 12:02 am Saturday, March 16, 2024

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In the highly anticipated sequel to the 2021 film “Dune,” director Denis Villeneuve transports viewers back to the deserts of planet Arrakis, where Paul Atreides, portrayed by actor Timothee Chalamet, leads the Fremen in a gripping battle of revenge against those who betrayed and destroyed House Atreides.

Based on Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel, the expansion of this material is truly epic to behold on the big screen.

The film showcases breathtaking landscapes, stunning special effects, elaborate sets, intricate costumes and riveting action sequences delivered by the entire cast.

Patrick Bennett

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The battle scenes are nothing short of spectacular, as are the awe-inspiring moments of the Fremen riding atop the colossal spice worms.

Despite its lengthy runtime, the film maintains a good balance between drama and action, ensuring an enjoyable viewing experience.

The exceptionally talented ensemble cast includes Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista, Florence Pugh, Christopher Walken, Lea Seydoux, Stellan Skarsgard and many more.

It is worth noting that watching the first film is recommended before delving into this sequel, as familiarity with the storyline is beneficial.

“Dune” is not a film for everyone, as it delves deep into sci-fi drama rather than offering light entertainment like “Star Wars.”

Viewers with a preference for intricate plots and a willingness to engage with complex narratives will likely appreciate this cinematic experience.

For those who are fans of the source material or the initial film, this sequel promises to be a captivating journey.

Personally, I found this movie to be exceptional and a true representation of great cinema. While I rarely award a perfect score, this film stands out as an exception deserving of high praise.

I rate it a 10.

I thoroughly enjoyed it and eagerly anticipate the next chapter in this epic saga.

Additionally, I was particularly impressed by Austin Butler’s performance in the film and believe he is an actor on the rise worth keeping an eye on.

For those interested, I recommend experiencing this film in the cinema on the big screen and sharing your thoughts on it.

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