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.
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.
i can't describe how upsetting i find lynch's treatment of lady jessica. she's supposed to be hella powerful, a warrior witch, but he shows her in hysterics, a secondary character with only a few moments of strength and completely without the bene gesserit self-control and wisdom. the very few other female characters are pathetic as well. it just makes me so sad since this is one of my favourite books of all time...
Disappointing, really, although I'm a huge fan of Herbert's universe. Even more so, it's extremely difficult to condone the massive disregard, with few exceptions, for the characters' physical traits and conduct as they are so meticulously described in the books. For me, they will forever look like in the 1992 PC game and I must admit I would love a remake of this movie with Stéphane Picq's Spice Opera as soundtrack.
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!!!