Dune offers everything you could possibly want in a sci-fi epic, except closing – .

Dune offers everything you could possibly want in a sci-fi epic, except closing – .

div id = ””> Let me tell you the story of a boy and a book that would change his life. Around his 13th year on planet Earth, young Denis Villen euve took over Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic Dune. Maybe feeling different or out of touch growing up in Quebec, there was something about Dune which pierced Villeneuve.

Like Villeneuve tells Tom Power on CBC’s Q, he bonded with the journey of main character Paul, a young man struggling with his heritage who saw a way to become a truer version of himself by embracing another culture.

Soon Villeneuve followed his own path, climbing the ranks of Canadian cinema, with thorny and provocative films such as Fires and Polytechnique. His willingness to fight difficult subjects (and an Oscar nomination) brought him to Hollywood where he continued to challenge audiences with thrillers such as Prisoners and Hitman.

Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 finds Villeneuve returning to his first love, science fiction. Corn Dune has always been his shooting star. One fateful day he got a call from Legendary, the studio that owned the rights to the Dune novels in the series.

Like Villeneuve told CBC at the Toronto International Film Festival: “I called my wife and I said to her ‘I might do Dune’ and I felt a deep joy and a tremendous weight on my shoulders. ”

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Gothic Star Wars

In many ways, the film plays like a Gothic version of Star wars, less laughter, more a brooding story about deserts, fate and yes, sandworms the size of a block. Part of what founds the epic space opera is Villeneuve’s decision to film on location and in massively constructed sets as much as possible.

Villeneuve generally avoided green screens in favor of real world places, like the verdant cliffs of Norway and the rolling dunes of Abu Dhabi and Jordan. The glittering horizon is not a visual effect but a place where the actors can feel the sand between their toes.

Son of a Duke with the world on his shoulders – Timothée Chalamet plays the pivotal role of Paul Atréides in the film Dune. (Images de Warner Bros.)

Located far into the future, the center of the story revolves around the Atréides House. The benevolent ruling family, led by Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac), have been ordered by the Emperor to take over the government of Arrakis, the only planet where sand contains spices – a magical mineral that aids navigation in space, making it the most precious substance in the galaxy.

As the Atreids begin to adjust to their new home, the story centers on Paul, the Duke’s son played by Timothée Chalamet. Trained to lead his entire life, Chalamet describes Paul as someone extremely capable but quietly wondering if he is ready for the task ahead.

Paul is not lacking in help. There’s his mother, Rebecca Ferguson as the mysterious Lady Jessica, a member of an obscure cult of mystics who see great promise in Paul.

But the most obvious form of danger comes from the portly body of the baron, with the head of the rival house Harkonnen played by Stellan Skarsgård channeling equally Marlon Brando in Apocalypse now and Jabba the hut.

The intimidating density of the dunes

Now let me confess. I haven’t read Frank Herbert’s Dune. I know. Take my nerd card. That’s why maybe I needed to see Villeneuve’s Dune twice. When I first watched it, I was amazed but also stunned. The feudal factions at war, the secret Bene Gesserit brotherhood and the prophecy of the Muad’Dib… that’s a lot.

During my second viewing, I was able to better appreciate the different actors and what Villeneuve accomplished, A cinematographic universe where everything has a goal and a story. The repeated motifs of the bull taken from the matador grandfather of the Atreides. Stillsuit technology, which recirculates water to survive the deadly climate. Or the ceremonial knives of the native Fremen, carved from the massive teeth of sand worms.

Lest you think it’s nothing but feuds of families fighting over the magic spice of space, DuneThe 155 minute s also features explosive battles, invading armadas, and sword battles where blades bounce off wavering force fields.

Creative bet without guarantee

Despite all the amazing technology on display, one side of the story seems archaic. The native Fremen who live in harmony with the ruthless surroundings of Arakiss seem to be inspired by elements of the cultures of the Middle East and North Africa. But it is Paul, this pale prince whom they regard as a messianic figure. For a movie filled with daring ideas, the White Savior who comes to save the day is an old trope. Readers of Frank Herbert’s novel will know that he has much more to say on the matter. But you won’t see that on the big screen because Villeneuve Dune ends in the middle.

Rather than lump all of Herbert’s novel into one film, Villeneuve decided to act, filming only the first part, essentially half of the first book. As we acclimatize, finally understand the issues, the film comes to a stop.

It is also very well Villeneuve, an uncompromising artist who makes films as he pleases. When asked why he didn’t compress the novel into one unified film, he replied to CBC News, “I like the risk. I felt it was a great creative bet. Warner Brothers has yet to confirm whether there will be a Part 2, although there are some promising signs.

For the moment, it depends on the number of moviegoers who decide to follow Villeneuve in the desert. He says he sees something honest in the situation: “Here is the very first part of the story, if you like it, we will tell you the second part. If you don’t like it, thank you, that’s it. ”

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