Ari Equihua’s review published on Letterboxd:
My final thoughts are:
Frank Herbert made a book that will always be better than any movie ever made off it, and he’s a legend for it.
Dune as source material has a legacy that weighs heavily on anyone’s shoulders, yet let us remember that fear is the mind killer, and Denis Villenueve has dived into the making of this film with courage unparalleled. It is NOT the next Lord of the Rings, and it shouldn’t be. Anyone looking for that in this movie has missed Dune’s mission to the core. Dune is not a sweeping epic about love, it is a merciless warning against fanaticism and the destruction of our home; a herald for the pious.
This is a really solid film. Beautiful to behold. A testament to the magic of blockbuster films, it’s artsy and surrealistic and brutal all at once, lead by standout performances by Rebecca Ferguson and Timothée Chalamet. The only thing I’m still not so keen on is the blatant two-part nature of that ending, the entire end sequence feels like an eerie ostinato that never culminates on a great major chord. Still, I’m pretty happy with what I got. What has been accomplished here by Villenueve will not be forgotten any time soon.
Here I am. Here I remain!