In the distant future, the most valuable substance in the universe is a spice that is only found on the desert planet of Arrakis. When a duke is given control of the planet, his son must lead the native people in a battle against the monstrous Harkonnens in order to save the planet and the spice.
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For the longest time, I have delayed giving my rating for this film. I don't like to discuss it, as I felt the talent of David Lynch on the screen. It could have been better then or equal to Star Wars. Instead we are left with another example of studio bastardization, like Blade Runner before it (though that was properly restored). All I have left to say is that at least it is the reason we have Blue Velvet...
What can I say? For years of terrible descriptions and warnings, I finally watched it and found myself enjoying it. Not everything is good (the digital SFX are awful, Sting is laughable) but there are some incredible moments, and a baroque visual approach that makes the film more like a psychedelic opera than anything.
Dune is definitely messed up and flawed but I still love it. I've never read Frank Herbert's novel so I don't have enough knowledge of the story to get pissed off over how weird or grotesque David Lynch made it. Dune is reasonably nasty and off-putting but its also pretty cool. The extended version is worth watching once (Lynch himself disowned it) but go for the theatrical cut if possible...
I really want to like this soo badly but so much of it is a failed product. I know it got taken away from Lynch but what it could have been doesn't change what it is. That all being said I've watched it a dozen times because of Lynch's design and style. I think I keep hoping that it will be better.
Dune, Sarrakis, the Sand. The spice reminds me of the bug powder in Naked Lunch. The gigantic worms are reminiscent of Tremors. A Dino de Laurentis production. Score synthesised by Brian Eno. The nostalgic 1980s videoesque special effects we all secretly long for to be injected straight into our hungry visual veins. A cinema of a grand escapist nature that overflows even the driest unvisionary mad minds.
Much maligned film that launched my fascination with Frank Herbert's sci-fi epic. The made for tv series was also good, but Lynch's film will forever shape the image of this universe in my imagination. Amazing amount of attention to detail: costumes, set designs, props---even the shield dagger fights look awesome. And as we all know, Star Wars is a ripoff of Herbert's Dune. Paul Muadib lives!!!
there's so much wrong with this film, yet I still find myself intrigued by it.. the shots of the water droplet rippling and the sand undulating as a worm approaches were simply captivating. various psychedelic/visionary sequences were also well done. it may not be Lynch's finest moment, but it was certainly a spectacle.