Denise Villeneuve Dune of the science-fiction epic It premiered Friday at the ongoing 78th Venice International Film Festival and the first reviews have begun.
So far, it looks like one of the most eagerly awaited movies of 2021. The film, based on Frank Herbert’s popular science fiction classic, scored 85 percent on Rotten Tomatoes after 33 reviews.
The critical consensus is, “Dune occasionally struggles with its obnoxious source material, but these issues are largely overshadowed by the scope and ambition of the visually thrilling adaptation.”
The Dune story has a huge scale and scope as those who read the novel attest. Also, the filmmaker of Villeneuve’s caliber would not accept such a famous and influential work if he did not think it possible to visualize that world on the big screen.
This is one of the strongest casts ever assembled. Timothy Chalmette, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellen Scorseseguard, Dave Batista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, David Dastamalchian, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Charlotte, Charlotte, and Charlotte.
Stephanie Zacharek of Time Magazine wrote in her review, “The dune is slow in places — my eyes glow during one or two or three battle scenes — but Villeneuve’s faith is very important.”
Rap’s Steve Pond commented, “A formidable cinematic success, a big mood piece of hilarity in its dark beauty.”
Glenn Kenny of RogerEbert.com found, “[Villeneuve], Working with excellent technicians including cinematographer Greg Fraser, editor Joe Walker and production designer Patrice Vermette, were able to walk the fine line between glory and sophistication.
However not every review is positive.
In his review of the film stage, David Katz wrote, “Denise Villeneuve overcame these bad omens and was undoubtedly – in terms of filmmaking – the most impersonal adaptation possible.”
Doon is due to hit theaters on October 22.