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Lacks the same emotional investment that the first effortlessly demands. Less intrigue, less wonder, less character but more grit, more angst, more *things.* Villeneuve handles this increased scale well on the surface, but in doing so, he also forgets to make any individual moments really feel important. (Worm scene comes close, but only for sheer visuals; the script is doing nothing) No high highs, which the first Dune had in spades.
I'm not a huge fan of Paul's switch-up; feels…