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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The novel came with its own glossary, and dramatizing such mythos isn't Lynch's skillset: his Dune is a mix of clunky exposition dialogue, pure abstract visuals, and almost nothing in between. But there are enough fascinating approaches to wonder what career we could have had if they cracked the script. Take it with just music and sound FX, and there are times you might even think you're seeing something visionary.
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.
A prisoner with gigantic eyebrows is brought a cat in a futuristic device. The man bringing the device is an extremely rotund baron who is perpetually floating and has a bizarre skin disease. His sidekick is a Brad Dourif with gigantic eyebrows. The prisoner is told he is poisoned, and that he must constantly milk the cat for the antidote. Taped to the cat is a rat, which is not explained. This is a scene in a movie.
It's like Downton Abbey and The Fifth Element had an Eraserhead sperm baby. I read the books and I still had no idea what was going on here. So, I loved it. The way it conjures a hypnotic state - jumbling visuals, sound and temporal space as if on different planes - actually fits with the altered states angle in the text. So it's cryptic, yes, but so is Myth. Aching for rediscovery among Lynch apologists.
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!!!