The acclaimed sci-fi series’ reputation, and the commercial failure of Lynch’s disastrous (but interesting!) film, made Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation seem misguided at best.
But while Villeneuve’s Dune: Part One has a fair amount of detractors, critics largely found that the supposedly unmakeable movie works. (As long as you split it in two.)
Dune: Part One wrestles with these same concepts, but has one major advantage in that it can simply show viewers their effects, rather than needing to explain their particulars to readers.
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Kind of like how A New Hope felt, back before every grain of sand on Tatooine needed its own Wookieepedia entry.
Dune: Part One has understandably been criticized for its unsatisfying ending, but its focus on building a believable world and centering its characters’ struggles in it makes the movie a joy to watch nonetheless.