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New Dune trailer


A new trailer for Dune dropped recently. I didn't see a thread for it yet. This it is still looking really good. This may be the new Lord of the Rings if they get it right; a movie that we'll be talking about many years after its release. I hope this is that kind of movie.

The casting is on point, and it seems they are filming this in a real desert. The designs of the costumes and vehicles are notibly different from the (imo flawed) 80s classic, although the designs of the 80s Dune movie also have a special place in my heart. The designs here are more sleek.

The Dune universe also has so much lore. I wonder if this film will get a prologue, like Fellowship of the Ring had, to explain the elaborate setting? The Dune universe is a very unique scifi setting, where thinking machines are outlawed after a catastrophic machine war, and specialized human computers (mentats) are now used. I wonder if they'll bother to explain all that? I think they'll at least need to explain why Arakis and the spice melange are so important, so some exposition is unavoidable.

Thoughts?
 
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As much as it's not a great effort, I do love the Lynch Dune. This one gives me hope that it might get at some of the deeper elements of the book. It looks fantastic, the casting is to-die-for, and after finally watching Blade Runner 2049 in full, I trust Denis Villeneuve to get what makes the book so special.
 

Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
Thoughts?

I am generally of the belief that it will be similar to the rest of the movies of Denis Villeneuve.

Insanely ambitious.

The most amazing cinematography.

And yet, unsatisfying.


I am an enthusiast of directors. And I don't know what to do with Denis. I love his work, I hate his work. He's like a more cerebral, less-obvious, more visually talented Zack Snyder. And yet, Zack Snyder is still my comparator.

If I had to sum up what I expect, I'd go with the Blade Runner reboot.
Gorgeous. Sumptuous. A movie that looks better than anything you've seen in so many way- that looks ... perfect. And that feels like it has gravitas.

But then you realize ... oh, that's it? I expected more.
 

payn

Hero
I am generally of the belief that it will be similar to the rest of the movies of Denis Villeneuve.

Insanely ambitious.

The most amazing cinematography.

And yet, unsatisfying.


I am an enthusiast of directors. And I don't know what to do with Denis. I love his work, I hate his work. He's like a more cerebral, less-obvious, more visually talented Zack Snyder. And yet, Zack Snyder is still my comparator.

If I had to sum up what I expect, I'd go with the Blade Runner reboot.
Gorgeous. Sumptuous. A movie that looks better than anything you've seen in so many way- that looks ... perfect. And that feels like it has gravitas.

But then you realize ... oh, that's it? I expected more.
I agree with all this, except I think BR2049 was a big step in the right direction of getting out of that unsatisfying zone for Villeneuve. Maybe, just maybe, Dune is the one to do it?
 

I honestly don't know what to expect. It's a story a lot of us are probably already familiar with, so there may not be a whole lot of surprises storywise. And yet I'm hopeful it will still blow me away with its style, scope, music and amazing cast.
 

Sacrosanct

Legend
Publisher
I understand I am an outlier, as I did not like the first Dune. It took me years to watch it all the way through, as it kept putting me to sleep and the constant monolaguing grated on me. I get how the book had that, but the movie just....didn't feel right.

This trailer doesn't seem to have any of those issues, so I think I will enjoy this version a lot more. Although, no Jürgen Prochnow! (highly underrated actor IMO)
 

J.Quondam

CR 1/8
I'm on the fence. I love the books, and I know it'll be an amazing film. However, I also understand that the sequel (ie, second half) is contingent upon the box office success of this film?
If it that's true, I've got a bad feeling it will be great, but will crater, and I'll be left with a gaping hole in my life.

And I have enough gaping holes in my life.
 

Mallus

Legend
It sure looks like Villeneuve made a more accessible Dune with an all-star cast (with humor, actual intentional humor!). I am ready for it. And I say this as someone who honestly believes Lynch's Dune is one of the best science fiction films ever made.
 


Ryujin

Hero
This one gives me hope. No "Weirding Modules." No subatomic bond hair spray. The Worms are as impressive as they need to be. The cast is as young as they should be.
 

MGibster

Legend
I understand I am an outlier, as I did not like the first Dune. It took me years to watch it all the way through, as it kept putting me to sleep and the constant monolaguing grated on me. I get how the book had that, but the movie just....didn't feel right.
Uh, a ton of people didn't like the first Dune movie so I think you're in good company there. It didn't really find an audience in 1984 and couldn't make back it's $40,000,000 budget at the box office. I liked it but I think it helped that I saw the movie before reading the book.
 

pukunui

Legend
I have not watched Lynch’s Dune since I was a teen. I suspect I would not enjoy it as much now as I did then.

I am looking forward to this version, though, based on these trailers.

I wonder if they will include any of the elements from the old movie, like the deliciously absurd Harkonnen heart plugs.
 

I always loved the heart plug scene. The 80s Dune has a great aesthetic and a wonderful soundtrack, along with a lot of memorable moments like the afore mentioned scene.

The problem is that the story of Dune is too big for 1 film, and it requires a high level of special effects to be told properly, which weren't yet possible in the 80s. Lynch's film did what it could, but without a proper intro to the setting, it can be hard to follow. It's also bad how they skip over a ton of stuff at the end of the film, as they clearly ran out of time.

I came upon a special edition of the 80s Dune once, which added a prologue to the movie that explains the setting, which fixes a lot. You can imagine my joy at seeing this fixed version of the film... and then my dismay that they CUT the heartplug scene! Argh!
 

I think I was at the most eight when my parents put Dune on the TV. The heart plug scene sent me running to my bedroom, where I had to read a book on dinosaurs to calm down.

I always loved the heart plug scene. The 80s Dune has a great aesthetic and a wonderful soundtrack, along with a lot of memorable moments like the afore mentioned scene.

Lynch's Dune should've been a trilogy, absolutely. A lot got shaved off, but the two-hour runtime just wasn't enough. It's got style (the costumes, the sets, the vehicles, the creatures all are quite striking) and is serviceable, but falls short of greatness.

The problem is that the story of Dune is too big for 1 film, and it requires a high level of special effects to be told properly, which weren't yet possible in the 80s. Lynch's film did what it could, but without a proper intro to the setting, it can be hard to follow. It's also bad how they skip over a ton of stuff at the end of the film, as they clearly ran out of time.

I came upon a special edition of the 80s Dune once, which added a prologue to the movie that explains the setting, which fixes a lot. You can imagine my joy at seeing this fixed version of the film... and then my dismay that they CUT the heartplug scene! Argh!
 

Ath-kethin

Elder Thing
My main qualm is that they changed the term 'jihad' to 'crusade.'

That change, by itself, suggests that this film will not be what I wish a Dune adaptation could be.
 


Rune

Once A Fool
My main qualm is that they changed the term 'jihad' to 'crusade.'

That change, by itself, suggests that this film will not be what I wish a Dune adaptation could be.
Pretty sure Herbert called it a crusade a couple of times in the text. We can’t assume it’s an actual “change” in the movie just from that. I mean, we could, but it would be an assumption lacking in sufficient supporting data.

Of course, the decision to call it a crusade in the trailer is certainly a deliberate decision, even if the actual movie uses both words at different points.
 


Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
I always loved the heart plug scene. The 80s Dune has a great aesthetic and a wonderful soundtrack, along with a lot of memorable moments like the afore mentioned scene.

The problem is that the story of Dune is too big for 1 film, and it requires a high level of special effects to be told properly, which weren't yet possible in the 80s. Lynch's film did what it could, but without a proper intro to the setting, it can be hard to follow. It's also bad how they skip over a ton of stuff at the end of the film, as they clearly ran out of time.

Arguably, the real problem with Dune (1984) is that the studio said, "Hey, we need one of those Star Wars blockbusters. Let's see ... that Spielberg guy seems busy filming some sort of Indiana Jones sequel ... so how about we get the guy that did Elephant Man and Eraserhead? Kids love him, right?"

Really, think about the five movie sequence ....
Eraserhead. Elephant Man. Dune. Blue Velvet. Wild at Heart.

🎶 One of these things is not like the others ... 🎶
 

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