The Spice Must Flow: A Review of "Dune: Part 2"

Paul Atreides joins Chani and the Fremen to avenge his family's murderers. He must prevent a horrific destiny only he can foresee by choosing between his love and the fate of the universe. 

Dune Given the underlying material and where we left off in Part 1, Part 2 is dense. Paul is studying Fremen culture and the Harkonnen are reclaiming spice manufacturing. Part 2 gives a broader glimpse of the Fremen and house Harkonnen, including the Emporer, and shows how deeply the Reverand Mothers of the Bene Gesserit control all the great houses. 

In Dune Part 2, Denie creates another magnificent visual landscape. We saw more of the desert planet and Giedi Prime for the first time. Using black and white to match the Harkonnen's pale skin emphasized the industrialized, harsh aspect of living under their control and Giedi Prime's black sun. Arrakis gives us closer looks at the sandworms and underground sietch. 

Florence Pugh plays Princess Irulan, our first new character. Her screen time is brief, but she described certain key moments, revealing facts the audience had to figure out. If a third picture is allowed, her character will grow. Austin Butler plays Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen, another major character.  

His coming-of-age combat in the arena on Giedi Prime showed him as a strong, brilliant, and crazy warrior brother to Raban and nephew to the Baron. Despite his voice flaws, he was a deadly foe for Paul and the Fremen. Finally, Christopher Walken's Emporer had a small role in the picture, and his lines took me out of it. 

Dune is about world-building and action. It may take two or three viewings to completely grasp everything. The film changed certain aspects from the source material, which is typical.  

Many of these alterations were likely made to anchor the film and keep the audience focused rather than confused or taken out by some of the shocking moments. Most modifications were modest. 

Dune's enormous vision by Denis Villeneuve is rare in a franchise. Denis has mentioned he would make a trilogy of Dune, thus a third film is likely. Like Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and others, his Dune film trilogy will likely last. 

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