Dune hits theaters once again with remake starring Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya


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Junior Adriana Cruz hugs the poster after watching the Dune remake in theaters on Oct. 22.

On Oct. 22, Dune, an epic science fiction adventure film directed by Denis Villeneuve, was remade after 37 years and released in theaters and HBO Max all over the United States. 

Dune was originally scheduled to be released at the end of 2020, but it was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Dune remake is the first of a planned two-part series based on the 1965 novel by Frank Herbert. The movie primarily covers the first half of the book and is set in the distant future. 

The PG-13 movie begins with a feudal interstellar society in which various noble houses control planetary fiefs. It tells the story of young Paul Atreides, played by Timothée Chalamet, whose family accepts the stewardship of the planet Arrakis.

Paul Atreides is a gifted young man who was born into a great destiny beyond his understanding. He must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. The plot begins as the Harkonnens destroy all life on Arrakis in order to overthrow the emperor by taking its most precious resource, the melange supply.

The movie received attention from all different kinds of audiences. Despite mixed reviews, the film is known for its astonishing visuals and sound effects.

Junior Katherine Mitchell saw Dune on a Friday at the Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas in the Kentlands. Mitchell said, “It was OK because the plot was kind of confusing.”

She went to go see it because her social media was flooded with excitement toward the release of the movie. “I love the actors in Dune and they did a really good job of portraying their characters,” Mitchell said.

Junior Adriana Cruz had a contrary view and enjoyed the movie and its plot. “Dune was amazing. I was looking forward to watching it for so long and when I did I was definitely not disappointed,” Cruz said.

The writers incorporated an updated 21st-century sensibility into the script that was not included in the previous movies and novel. They increased the prominence of female characters and strong visual effects. 

On Rotten Tomatoes the tomatometer was at 82% while the audience score was at 90%. The audience review said, “Denis Villeneuve’s Dune looks and sounds amazing and once the story gets you hooked, you’ll be on the edge of your seat for the sequel.”

At the end of the movie the only reason to stay is to view the credit scene and appreciate the cast and crew that put the film together. Dune does not have a post-credit scene because Villeneuve said, “I don’t use post-credits scenes. I’ve never done that, and I would never.”

The finale of Dune left the audience on the edge of their seats, eager for the second movie to come out. It is confirmed that a part two to Dune will be coming out and the expected release date is Oct. 20, 2023, in the United States.