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TIFF 2021: “Dune”

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Dune” is probably this year’s most anticipated film that is expected to come out in theatres first. Shot for IMAX, with gorgeous scenery, landscape, cinematography, editing, theme and directing, the film justifies its expectation which will allow the audience to enjoy it, watching on the big screen.

“Dune” is one of the most challenging adaptions to date; to be frank, not everyone can bring all the little elements of the book onto the screen. There will be always someone who will want to see this or that, arguing about the director’s creative choice, and why certain scenes, for instance, will never end up in the final cut. But it’s because of its difficult concept with so many layers in it, “Dune” breathes life into the majestic universe, which is just the beginning.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve, the film follows Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet), whose parents were too protective of him. Kept in a bubble, trained and educated, the young man sees visions that normally come true. His father, Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac), is busy selling spice, a powerful substance that turns humans into super soldiers. He wants his trade to go back on track, not realizing there are enemies wanting the same spice who will stop at nothing to get it. Now, Paul must step up to protect his land from violent battles and the predators of the desert that, sometimes, can be more dangerous than humans.

The film belongs to Rebecca Fergusson and Timothee Chalamet, as the two open up a complex but very nuanced relationship with his mother, Lady Jessica, who is a strong warrior too. The stellar cast comprising Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem and Chang Chen, “Dune” offers eye-popping experiences, an immersive view of the fictionized world full of wonder, violence, atrocity, yet filled with love and responsibility, dignity and honor.

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