Insightful Dune leaves audiences amazed


Ada Bermudez and Joel Martinez

Dune, a witty sci-fi adventure, based on a novel series, leaves audiences overwhelmed and feeling incomplete. Set in the very distant future where humanity colonizes the universe, viewers can admire the astonishing visuals and cinematography. Many only watched the film for the actors Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya.

Within a dystopian society, Dune has a complicated storyline, alongside sword fights, heroic deaths, and many random inserts of a mystery woman, Zendaya. We follow the story of Paul and his family that depart to their new home on a desert planet called Arrakis, aka. Dune, “The Duke,” Paul’s father, on orders from the Emperor, is to take control of the planet, which is home to monstrous deadly sandworms, mysterious inhabitants native to the planet, and an addictive, highly expensive resource called spice, which is used for space travel. Although many believed the storyline was great and well thought out, the movie’s end was very unsatisfying and left the audience wanting more.

 In the trailers for the film, Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya advertised Dune. Many were surprised when they watched the movie and realized Zendaya had a total of seven minutes of screen time throughout the two hour and 35 minute movie. Although it is said she will have a much bigger role in the sequel, confirmed by Warner Bros production and producer Denis Villeneuve, many of the viewers felt as if they were tricked into watching a movie with Zendaya as the starring actress, when in reality she was only in 4.5% of the film’s screen time.

The cinematographer Greig Fraser received much acclaim after Dune was released. One of the most impressive characteristics of the movie was how beautifully it was shot. From intimate scenes between the actors to war and battle scenes, Fraser was able to capture it all perfectly.

            The way the film was crafted makes for a fascinating watch for many. With many mixed reviews on the movie, we thoroughly enjoyed it and gave it 4.5 stars out of 5.