If I had to describe this film with one word it would be ‘SAFE’

SAFE in its visual presentation

SAFE in its narrative structure

SAFE in its approach in adapting the source material

SAFE in its casting

SAFE in its use of exposition and world building

Denis Villeneuve’s visual presentation is the movie equivalent of white bread. It is so bland and noncommittal that it can offend basically no-one, and anyone can see it and feel included regardless of whether or not they actually like sci-fi because they’re essentially looking at a mostly blank canvas, albeit with one or two suggestive brush strokes, onto which they can projector not project as much or as little as they like.

Not to jerk off the book series because that has its own set of problems, but at least Frank Herbert expressed his own philosophical views giving the novels an semblance of substance with his attempts to make the reader go: “Wow, it’s almost like colonized people are frequently indoctrinated with the religion of their colonizers as a means of control” and “Wow, we should look critically as our leaders and not surrender our free will by blindly following them regardless if they seem charismatic or not”.

All you get from this movie is; “Wow, everything looks like Google Earth when it hasn’t fully rendered” and “Wow, why is there so much sexual tension between Rebecca Ferguson and Timothée Chalamet”.

It's truly astonishing how a film can have so little to say yet still be so far deep up its own ass.

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