Olivia 🏳️⚧️’s review published on Letterboxd:
Dreams make good stories, but everything important happens when we're awake.
At the very least, Dune knows how to build a world with so much history and make it make sense for its audience. With its sheer fucking size of everything to its list of characters and why their important, even though this is more of an introduction, it does a great job at showing us all of this while still having it flow naturally within the story.
The visual effects are incredible. For a two and a half hour movie that has so many ships, battles, weapons, and even people that require CGI, it never once looks fake. And the cinematography is astounding, making use of the vibrant colors in the environment and constructions.
The performances are honestly really gold, especially from Timothée Chalamet, which is an added bonus because it's not really a film that requires it. It obviously needs effort, but I don't find it to be a film that needs performances so genuinely well acted, but it does!
While the pacing is a bit slow in the first half, it does set up the film's climax and (I'm guessing) a good part of the second film. It does feel like a long movie the entire time it's on, but there is so much happening that it feels impossible to get bored even once.