Dune Part 2 Movie Review

Will Part Two leave you breathless or just with sand in places you don’t want it?

What’s it about?

The sequel to the lavish DUNE, Paul Atreides unites with Chani and the Fremen while on a warpath of revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Facing a choice between the love of his life and the fate of the known universe, he endeavors to prevent a terrible future only he can foresee.

What did we think?

Anthony Sherratt says: The sheer scope and ambition of Denis Villeneuve’s Dune is breathtaking. And after the slow-paced first part (which was really just three hours of set up), the sequel takes off at – relatively speaking – a breakneck pace. It’s still amazing cinematography, seamless fx and some great performances, but this time with the added bonus of meat to the story.

The source material was incredibly dense with political and religious machinations and while it’s lighter than the book, Villanueve has done an admirable job of making it accessible. More importantly he’s captured the angst and sense of tragedy that underpins Frank Herbert’s novel. Part Two is engaging, interesting and will leave you wanting more.

It has to be said the excessive whispering will leave the hard of hearing waiting for closed captions, but Dune Part Two is a visual masterpiece telling a bleak but mesmerising tale. For as good as the battle scenes are, the true heart of Part Two is the consequences of actions which is why it resonates as deeply as a sandworm.

See it on the big screen.

9 intergalactic drug problems out of 10.

Peter Linning says: I am too busy collecting Dune memes to get my review up yet.

An exceptional follow up that will immerse you in a world of pain and tragedy.
Anthony has been reviewing movies for over 25 years (it may be longer now as he may have forgotten to add an extra year on). He lectures in journalism at the prestigious Queensland University of Technology and in addition to freelance writing, works with the charity Hands Across The Water. In a busy life, insomnia is his friend.
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