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Dune: Part One

Dune, or Dune: Part One, is an exciting science fiction film that blessed us with our viewing pleasures in 2021. Frank Herbert's 1965 science fiction book Dune was the inspiration for the film. It's been some time since Dune has been on our television screens. The shows Frank Herbert's Dune and Frank Herbert's Children of Dune were given to audiences in the early 2000s. Before that, we had the film Dune from 1984. Watching one of the shows, I remember feeling that something more could have been produced. That something more seems to have been fulfilled in the latest manifestation of the series. Without giving spoilers, the newest Dune film has those elements that are often so coveted; action, religious atmospheres, politics, and, perhaps most important of all - incredible acting.


Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman, who has appeared in other popular films, plays an important role in the new Dune film. She has played as "MJ" in the new Spiderman movies. She now takes on the character of Chani. Her acting, in both franchises, has been amazing. In Dune, her ability to take on a unique personality is evident. Not only can Zendaya act, but she's proven that she can act in very different roles quite well.

Timothée Chalamet

Timothée Chalamet plays the role of Paul Atreides. Timothée gets much more screen time than Zendaya. Like Zendaya, Timothée's acting is marvelous. He, and Zendaya, match the serious tones of the film very well. Timothée has appeared on Law & Order and Saturday Night Live, as well as an impressive number of movies (including Interstellar). A lot of the new Dune focuses on Paul Atreides. The movie uses film technique so that the audience can feel that they are seeing events almost through his eyes. This is advantageous, because it gives the viewer empathy towards the characters and their worlds. We can feel their pain, their curiosity, their wonder, etc. Moreover, Timothée does a fantastic job at his role in the movie.

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Oscar Isaac

The part of the Duke Leto Atreides is mastered by Oscar Isaac. Oscar Isaac's acting is one of my favorite parts of the film. No spoilers will be given, but Oscar Isaac's ability to act dramatically is worth considering. He is well known for his role as Poe Dameron in the latest Star Wars movies. His film history is long and impressive. His television acting included a role in Law & Order: Criminal Intent. His beard and stern look makes him seem much older in this Dune movie, than he has appeared in former acting. Overall, this actor does an amazing job in 2021's Dune.

Rebecca Ferguson

The talented and gorgeous Rebecca Ferguson is Lady Jessica in the new Dune film. Her acting is arguably some of the best in the film. Her ability to manifest emotions in her face, as well as in the viewer, is impressive. She's been in other films like Men in Black: International, and television shows such as The Red Tent. Her ability to act well is one of the items that make the 2021 version of Dune a success.

"Dune" (2021)

Special Effects

The special effects in Dune are incredibly noteworthy. Although a good eye can still tell where computers may have been used (once or twice in the two and a half hour presentation) for enhancements, this is incredibly rare in the movie. For the most part, the special effects are so good as to prove difficult when attempting to decide what is really there, and what has been added. The team working on this film did an amazing job, even when compared to other contemporary movies and shows. The observer can really feel as if s/he is actually there, in this bizarre world. The special effects alone make this film worth the time to watch.

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"Dune" Official Trailer


How well was Dune received by audiences and critics? As of the writing of this article, RottenTomatoes gives an audience score of 90%! By comparison, The Suicide Squad currently has an audience score of only 82%, and .The Matrix Resurrections a current score of close to 60%. RottenTomatoes holds a critic score, at the time of this article's conception, of 83%. The IMDb rating form the movie has been 8.1/10. And, Metacritic has included a user score of 8, with a critic score of only 74. Despite the low Metacritic critic score, most of these numbers are very favorable. The film appears to have been enjoyed by many audiences. And, those who gave lower scores may be outside of the film's primary target demographics - i.e. science fiction connoisseurs, action lovers, Dune fans, etc.


2021's Dune is an amazing film, with great acting, incredible special effects, and a strong reception. You can give your rating of the film below, to let others know how you feel.

Dune (2021)

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