Dune ★★★★½

Even calling this the grandest experience of the year doesn't do enough justice. Don't think I can really encapsulate how dauntingly effective all the visuals are here. Scenes don't feel like it's possible they're actually real, and yet they're conceived and executed with the finest of touches. From the vast landscapes to stunning props and visual effects, Villeneuve demonstrates monstrous care towards each of them evident by how well they synergize together. Big thumbs up to the blaring sound design and Zimmer score. The cast is loaded to the brim for good reason, with everyone leaving a forceful impression on the plot. One glaring flaw is the fight scenes, which are far from memorable and distractingly subpar compared to everything else. Also hoping part two doesn't share some of the script's stiffness in the latter half. Marvelously epic