3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Completely fascinating and sad all at the same time. The cinephile in me grieved more and more as this documentary went on for the great movie that could've been. There are a few stretches in reason to be found and the pretentiousness in the Nicolas Winding Refn interview segments made me cringe. Still hoping that someone takes the hint from Jodorowsky's animated feature suggestion.
A potent dash of spice, skimmed off the surface of a legendarily unrealized iteration of an imaginary planet -- Hail the once and future Arrakis! -- Jodorowsky's Dune is great fun, packed with neat anecdotes, zany personalities, and nostalgia for headier times. Still, for all Jodo's talk of changing the world and forging "spiritual warriors," the film sheds little light on what it was all about other than far out.
• Pavich’s documentary offers a gripping and ever so transcendental glimpse into the mind of a man who perceives beyond the realms of cinema as we know it. This study, more than exploring what may very well have been the most influential picture of all time, tunes in with a transformative global consciousness.
A revealing look at the artistic process of a unique figure in cinema. Interesting to see business enter this singular case, resulting in it never being made. The purpose of creation is the real issue being discussed here.
"I have seen some of Giger's bizarre, brilliant painting for Jodorowsky's vision of Dune, and if aficionados of the novels have been less than overwhelmed by the eventually-filmed sandworms of Arrakis, I submit that their spines would have been pumped full of Freon had Giger's Arrakeen horror been realized." - Harlan Ellison's Watching