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Denis Villeneuve’s Dune: Justice For the Book or Another Failure?

by Kanishq Acharya
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Denis Villeneuve's Dune

The trailer of Dune 2020, directed by Denis Villeneuve just came out, and something occurred in my mind. Do you remember the time when David Lynch made a movie, Dune adapting from the 1964 classic of the same name? You probably wouldn’t, that’s because David Lynch tried very very hard to undo a lot of things in that movie, trying to forget the existence of it is one of them. It’s very uncommon for filmmakers to hate their own movies! Considering the fact that it is made from their POV. There should be no doubt that Lynch is not a good director, he has done some things that require a lot of courage, missing the mark once in a while is one of the cons of that power.

Now, when Denis Villeneuve is making the same movie, there will be some things that will leave us amazed. And there is no way we would dare to compare Denis Villeneuve’s filmography with David Lynch’s, but considering that they both are associated with the same book and presenting the book via the same medium, let us ask if Denis Villeneuve could make this Dune the best adaptation? 

Why is Denis Villeneuve the right guy for this job?

Villeneuve has made some of the best fiction movies in the past decade. From Arrival to Blade Runner there has been no complaints regarding these masterpieces. Though Villeneuve started his career with the Drama genre, when he changed his profile to fiction, many eyebrows were raised. However, after the release of Arrival, Villeneuve became the new sci-fi favorite director. The success of Arrival landed him the job to make a sequel of Blade Runner 2049. Unfortunately, the movie was unable to perform well in terms of money. However, many considered the movie to be visually stunning and perfectly crafted. 

So it is somewhat safe to say that Denis Villeneuve can handle himself with some fiction! 

Giving justice to the books

While David Lynch’s Dune was faithful to the books, giving justice to them just maybe a stretch. Of course, the challenges are different for Villeneuve than it was for Lynch. For starters, the technology for VFX and animation editing. And we agree that the VFX was not particularly appealing in the old version. There were many parts of the movie that seemed a bit off. 

From all the best and worst movie adaptations of books, we have learned that the ones who remain faithful to the OG material win the hearts of the fans. And the good news is that Denis Villeneuve has promised in 2017 that he will “Honor Everything” in the books. 

The Complexity of the book

There have been some discussions in the past with pulling forth an argument as to the difficulty of literally adapting the notorious book into a movie. Rumors were also spreading around about a TV series adaptation for the book. Well, that is surely something hard to pull around!

Even Denis Villeneuve acknowledges the complex story. As such, he has decided to split the book into a two-part film. Naturally, it was one of the most important things for Villeneuve from the beginning. His determination was as such that the director was set to sign off if Warner Brothers hadn’t agreed to make the film a two-parter.

The two-part film stars Timothée Chalamet, Euphoria star and style icon, Zendaya, Oscar Issac, Jason Momoa, Javier Barden, Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista, and Josh Brolin. 

The trailer shows us the mystery around the world of Dune and their characters and a lot of combat with some really cool outfits.

In short, we are very excited about Dune’s release after watching the trailer and knowing that Denis Villeneuve is on the helm. Are you?


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