DUNE PART TWO - Power Comes From The Sands

Finally saw the Dune movie adaptation but started with Part 2, yet I still got the gist of how this universe works and the complex characters and world building made by Frank Herbert. And from many reviews, Dune Part One is critically acclaimed for its ensemble of great actors, production, and also an expansive movie franchise lead by its director Denis Villeneuve.

Dune Part Two continues the struggle of Paul Atreides (Timothée), to learn the ways of the dessert planet Arrakis which is known for its "spice" production and coveted by the empire. Here we see the path of having the prophesized leader by the Fremmen (Lisan al-Gaib) is coming true with Paul. His rise to power and influence along with his mother now called Reverend Mother, rises tensions across the planet along with its citizens and warrior tribes. 

Though I have not watched the first film, the lore and intricacies of part two opened my curiosity about Dune which led me to watch videos about the story of Dune and the possible future they would make. The aesthetics of the film may involve a lot of sand and desert but seeing it on IMAX gives its more justice in understanding the movie. 

Though I think that there might be scenes too irritating to the eyes because of either the sharp light contrast or the harsh desert location, it is essential to express what the story can do in terms of cinematography and storytelling.

Fresh from being Willy Wonka, Timothée does make sure that they are different characters that he portrays. And both characters are great achievements he can boasts in his portfolio. Zendaya also does the same to prove that she is a versatile actress and embraces the character with fierceness and power.

I also learned that there was an earlier 80's version of the film which many say was ahead of its time and got a lot of negative reviews. Now that Dune is a commercial hit and positively accepted, there is now a clamor for the next installment which will be based on the book "Dune Messiah" which has a darker and twisted plot.

The film stars Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Austin Butler, Florence Pugh, Dave Bautista, Christopher Walken, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Léa Seydoux, with Stellan Skarsgård, with Charlotte Rampling, and Javier Bardem.

“Dune: Part Two” is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Discovery company.

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