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Dune: Part Two, a cinematic crusade beyond expectations

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Never before have I left a movie theater so eager to engage in a religious conquest as I did after watching Dune: Part Two. The second edition in the Dune franchise was met with weary expectations after the first movie was criticized for being too slow and overwhelmed with exposition. However, it not only delivered, but exceeded expectations to an extreme degree. Many have been dubbing the movie as the “Empire Strikes Back of our generation,” and after watching the film, it’s hard to disagree.

The film follows Paul Atreides and his pregnant mother on the planet Arrakis after they joined forces with the Native people, called the Fremen, following the annihilation of their people. Paul must assimilate with the Fremen with the help of Chani, a native that Paul has befriended, and must grapple with rumors that he is a prophet destined to lead and be the savior of the Fremen. During all of this, Paul is also getting hunted down by the Harkonnen, a villainous people who are bent on destroying Paul and his people and ruling over Arrakis. Paul must not only do his best to stay alive against the attacks of the Harkonnen, but also must decide whether he really is “the chosen one” and how he can lead humanity to a course that does not lead to destruction.

Watching the film is an ethereal experience. What stands out immediately is the outstanding cinematography. Denis Villeneuve’s artistic vision came to fruition with large-scale shots that give the viewer goosebumps. The combination of practical and visual effects brings this mystical planet to life and immerses the audience in the story. The sound design and score created by the incredible Hans Zimmer also aid in crafting the viewer’s experience. The plot, obviously based on the original Dune book series, draws from religious texts like the Bible and the Quran as well as more modern pieces like Lawerence of Arabia. These influences bring together a story that makes one feel like they are witnessing the type of major historical event, one that will be etched gold in the annals of history, right before their eyes in 4k.

After I watch any good movie, I am usually awestruck directly after watching, but in a couple of days, I can point out some critical flaws. After Dune: Part Two, multiple weeks after watching the movie, I still cannot point out any major flaws. I would recommend all people to watch this movie, obviously after watching the first installment, to engage in a story that is not only moving, but culturally significant. Especially if you are a fan of “Star Wars” or “Lord of the Rings” this is the movie for you. 10 out of 10, five stars, whatever your metric, this movie was perfect.

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