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Film Review: “Dune: Part Two”

By Ella Barrington, Staff Writer

“Dune: Part Two” was officially released to theaters on Friday, March 1. According to students, the 2.5-hour-long movie definitely lived up to its hype. Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya and Austin Butler star in this captivating House Atreides saga. 

The second movie picks up where the first one left off, going into more detail about the tragedy at House Atreides and the political mess on the desert planet Arrakis. Chalamet, who plays Paul, is very charming, but Paul struggles with his prophetic abilities and his desire for revenge against the Harkonnens. He also wants to free the Fremen, who are the native people of Arrakis. Zendaya, who plays Chani, the tough Fremen who wins Paul’s heart, adds both depth and emotion to the movie. 

Photo credits: IMDb

Senior marketing major Lauren Miller thoroughly enjoyed the film. 

“I found the second film to be a much easier watch than the first one, but the first film set the second film up,” she said. “It was long, but I would definitely go see it in theaters again.”

Paul’s mother, Lady Jessica, is played by Rebecca Ferguson. In the film, she is forced to become the Reverend Mother for the Fremen by drinking “The Water of Life” while pregnant, allowing her to see “the truth.” Later on in the film, she eventually convinces Paul to drink the worm poison so that he too can also see what the truth is. 

Miller found this scene to be a powerful one. 

“The way his personality quickly switches after he drinks the “Water of Life” was confusing at first but as he turned into the leader that the Fremen wanted, his character became much more powerful than it already was,” she said.

Senior medical imaging major Nika Takagi recognized that the film stayed true to the main idea of Frank Herbert’s novel, even though some changes were made for the movie adaptation. 

“As someone who has read the books, I appreciate how the director was able to capture the complicated plotlines while also making it somewhat easy to understand for those who may not have read the books,” Takagi said.

Something that both Takagi and Miller noted was the movie’s visuals. 

“Something that I was really looking forward to before watching the film was the visuals. The cinematography of the movie is incomparable,” said Miller.

Takagi said that the visuals alone make her want to go back. 

“Movies like this are meant to be seen more than once, especially in theaters. The visuals were incredible and I can’t wait to see it again,” said Takagi. 

Overall, “Dune: Part Two” has had overwhelmingly positive reviews from both fans of the books and newcomers. With its epic story, stunning visuals and captivating performances, audiences are already eagerly anticipating the next part to the Dune saga.

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