‘Dune: Part Two’ Review: An Exceptionally Crafted Piece of Sci-Fi Media

Dune Part Two Review

Creating a science fiction story on a grand scale is not an easy task. When done poorly, the narrative can feel unnecessarily complicated. However, when done right, films in the genre can deliver uniquely enjoyable experiences. Co-written and directed by Denis Villeneuve, Dune: Part Two takes you on an epic journey filled with unforgettable sights and sounds. Despite being disappointing in some areas, the film is an exceptionally crafted piece of sci-fi media.

Continuing his journey, Paul Atreides must face the forces of the universe as he encounters the harsh reality of life on the desert planet of Arrakis. The movie stars Timothée Chalamet alongside Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Austin Butler, and Christopher Walken.

Dune: Part Two is a spectacle that is rarely witnessed in modern cinema. Each meticulously crafted item of clothing fuses wonderfully with gorgeous special effects to convey a world that is both awe-inspiring and believable. Denis Villeneuve has utilised the phenomenal expertise of cinematographer Greg Freiser to transport us into one of the best-looking films of the past decade. Additionally, Hans Zimmer’s thumping score is the perfect soundtrack for the war taking place before our eyes.

Within the beautiful visuals are the characters that propel the story. Practically every performer does a wonderful job in their roles. However, this area is where the movie’s weaknesses become clear. When weighed up to the monumental narrative taking place, the development of the film’s characters is quite poor in comparison. Their motivations and inner psychologies feel more hollow than one would have hoped. One cannot say that the characters are poorly written but when compared to the excellent world-building around them, some viewers may be slightly turned off by the cold approach to the individuals at the heart of the story.

As previously mentioned, the actors still do a great job in their parts (for the most part). Specifically, Timothée Chalamet, Austin Butler and Rebecca Ferguson must be commended for portraying truly striking pieces of the narrative puzzle. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for Christopher Walken as the Emperor of the Universe. Miscast and simply boring in the role, his inclusion is a shame when you consider how vital his character is to the story.

A fantastic film with a few flaws, Dune: Part Two is a movie best experienced on the big screen. Designed to give you goosebumps in record fashion, Denis Villeneuve once again proves that he is one of the best directors in the world.