‘Dune’ (1984): but what is this?


Original title: Dune

Year: 1984

Duration: 145 minutes

Country: USA

Direction: David Lynch

Script: David Lynch

Song: Toto and Brian Eno

Photography: Freddie Francis

Distribution: Kyle MacLachlan, Francesca Annis, Jürgen Prochnow, Patrick Stewart,Kenneth McMillan, Sting, Max von Sydow, Sean Young, Virginia Madsen,Brad Dourif, Sian Phillips, Jose Ferrer, Everett McGill, Dean Stockwell,Freddie Jones, Alicia Witt, Richard Jordan, Jack Nance, Linda Hunt,Silvana Mangano and Ernesto Laguardia

Producer: Universal Pictures

Gender: Sci-Fi / Fantasy

Synopsis: By imperial order, the Atreides family must take charge of the exploitation of the desert planet Arrakis, also called “Dune”. It is the only planet where the spice is found, a powerful drug that is essential for space flights. Before the planet had been ruled by the Harkonen, whose despotism had left an indelible mark on the population. When, with the emperor’s approval, the Harkonen attack the planet to regain lost power, Paul, the son of Duke Leto Atreides, has to flee into the desert. There, in addition to facing multiple dangers, he is presented with an opportunity to overthrow the Harkonen. (FilmAffinity)

I think that in my life I have seen few movies more disconcerting than ‘Dune’. I assume that I have not read Frank Herbert’s book, and I don’t think I will. I’m not a fan of the movies of David Lynch, I feel sorry for your fans.

One fine day I decided to see ‘Dune’, a classic of science fiction cinema. It has legions of fans who claim it as a cult film, and there is no shortage of elements to be considered as such. It is a very rare film, battered by critics and the public at the time and with a very baroque aesthetic. But, let’s get serious, it’s a real mess.

The film, I don’t know for what reason, is a succession of disconnected scenes, difficult to understand, without any clear plot line and with a script that makes waters. The disconnected scenes can be explained by being a film that had to be edited several times, reducing from the initial four hours to almost two and a half hours. The montage, therefore, with a terrible result, leaves a film difficult to follow if you have not read the book. Error.

Dune 1984 David Lynch

‘Dune’ It requires the viewer to have read the original material in order to follow the story. We have to take into account that there are many characters, several planets and a base story is missing to guide us in the film. Unlike what happens in ‘The Lord of the rings’ O ‘Game of Thrones’Where those who have not read the books, as in my case, can follow the story without too much difficulty, here it seems that if you don’t come from home, you won’t be able to fully enjoy the story. It also doesn’t help that there isn’t a clear plot thread, nor do the relationships between characters seem entirely clear.

The script, responsible for everything said above, is still an immense hodgepodge where most of the issues it deals with are left up in the air due to the impossibility of being able to explain them. In part of the film we see hundreds of ships arriving on a planet, but there are not so many people there to justify such a deployment. We also see a being that ejects rays, who is it? Why does it eject rays? Namely.

The script of ‘Dune’, in charge of David Lynch, It also makes waters in the portrait of the characters, which on the other hand most are fatally interpreted. I did not understand the motivations of the characters, nor their relationships, nor the role they play in the story … nothing. It seems to me as something that I would understand better from reading the books, but after this experience as it is going to be that no, I will wait for the version of Denis Villeneuve, which gives me that it will be much more round.

Aesthetics, between series b, cyber-punk and the satire of space movies. The absolutely overloaded stages. The impossibility of remembering so much name. Why is this movie so hard to follow?

It turns out that one approaches ‘Dune’ expecting to find a movie misunderstood for some strange reason, but comes across a dire spectacle of an end result that is leaking everywhere. What remains for one to see it is that feeling of utter bewilderment, of wondering: but what is this?

The best: The opening credits, I think it’s from the little that went well in ‘Dune’. Toto’s music and soundtrack.

Worst: Everything is a huge nonsense.

Dune 1984 David Lynch