3.5/4

Dune [2021] ★★★½

No surprises there: Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve delivers yet another knockout with “Dune”, an epic Science-Fiction saga that gives you everything you would expect from the man behind “Blade Runner 2049”, “Arrival”, “Sicario” and “Incendies”. Villeneuve isn’t the first one to adapt Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel (David Lynch tried and didn’t entirely succeed in 1984). But he’s certainly the first one to make it look so visually appealing. But all of this wouldn’t mean a damn without a compelling narrative, and this is where this version of “Dune” truly succeeds. The film is not only stunning to look at, but it also sucks you in and holds you spellbound from start to finish. That’s no easy feat, especially for a movie that runs for 150 minutes and yet never feels long. In terms of story, what you need to know is that Timothée Chalamet is perfectly cast as the gifted son of a noble family. Circumstances force him to travel to a dangerous planet in order to fulfill his destiny. There’s a lot to say and discuss here, but that would require me to enter spoiler territory. I will say this though: prepare yourself for an incredible ride, fueled with twists and turns you don’t always see coming. Add to it Hans Zimmer’s superior score and a supporting cast that includes Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Rebecca Ferguson, Javier Bardem, Dave Bautista and Zendaya, and you get one of the year’s best movies. Word of advice: watch it on the biggest screen possible. It’s an unforgettable experience.

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