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Dune: Part Two: A Cinematic Odyssey Continues

“Dune: Part Two” Film Review
Guin Hawley

On Friday, March 1, 2024, the greatly anticipated heroic science fiction film “Dune: Part Two” was released in cinemas, a sequel to “Dune: Part One”, released on October 22, 2021. Since its release “Dune: Part Two” has grossed over 500 million dollars within less than a month of its release, already passing the lifetime gross of its predecessor. Not only has the sequel surpassed its predecessor at the box office but also in sheer cinematic display, as the film’s grandeur and complexity herald it as a mesmerizing journey into a vast and immersive universe. 


From the breathtaking landscapes of Arrakis to the menacing presence of the sandworms amidst its sand, director Denis Villeneuve’s visual storytelling is nothing short of awe-inspiring. The director’s mastery of seamlessly blending practical effects with cutting-edge computer-generated imagery (CGI) creates a world that feels both futuristic, alien, and eerily real, captivating audiences with its larger-than-life visuals.


The auditory and musical aspects of “Dune: Part Two” are a masterpiece, Hans Zimmer spearheaded the music beautifully once again. A few of the many Hans Zimmer has done the music for include Interstellar, Gladiator, and Inception. The entire score brought together the story perfectly. 


Denis Villeneuve, is an award-winning filmmaker who has directed the films “Blade Runner 2049”, “Arrival”, and “Sicario”. Villeneuve has masterfully adapted the story of Frank Herbert’s novel “Dune” for the big screen, bringing it to life in a new way, in major part to his stellar cast. 


“Dune: Part Two” hosts an amazing cast, starring well-known actors such as Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, and Austin Butler, alongside longtime stars such as 

This is along with an array of other outstanding actors such as Florence Pugh, Rebecca Ferguson, and Stellan Skarsgård. All of the acting was good and really how I imagined the characters to act based on the book.


At the heart of “Dune: Part Two” are the intriguing performances of its cast, led by the dynamic duo of Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya. Chalamet’s portrayal of Paul Atreides is complex, nuanced, and emotionally resonant, while Zendaya brings depth and charisma to the role of Chani. Their on-screen chemistry is palpable, adding an extra layer of depth to the film’s narrative. Another standout performance was shown as Rebecca Ferguson who plays Paul Atradies’ mother, Lady Jessica, who once again hauntingly captivates the audience as she brings her character to life, leaving the audience in awe and question. Austin Butler also had an outstanding performance as he portrayed the spine-chilling character of Feyd-Ruatha Harkonnen. The mix of the unsettling psychotic personality and the pale head and black-looking teeth unease audiences. The audience is first introduced to Feyd-Ruatha Harkonnen nearly halfway through the film as it takes the audience to House Harkennon’s homeworld of Geidi Prime. Geidi Prime is a planet drowned in darkness under its black sun, creating an almost film noir aesthetic as the planet’s black sun desaturates the planet’s setting. This vastly distinct aesthetic in contrast to the other planets distinguishes the world along with House Harkennon in an unsettling, dark, and eerie light, a genuinely alienated setting that immerses the audience more into this universe.


The film seamlessly crosses over from novel to film, taking the novel’s magic to the big screen.


The film follows the main protagonist, Paul Atreides, as he seeks revenge against conspirators who murdered his father, Leto Atreides, and massacred House Atreides in a surprise plot. “Dune: Part Two” seamlessly brings the novel’s magic to film. As Paul Atreides unites with the Fremen people of Arrakis, the film explores themes of power, religion, and politics.

Along with the costume design, the sand suits and outfits are very detailed and fit the surroundings. The character design in “Dune Part: Two” was very detailed and filled with talent. Jacqueline West, the costume designer for “Dune Part: Two” did an amazing job building the image of each character through complex and accurate outfits. 


Lady Jessica’s character design is nuanced featuring an elaborate dress that show her royalty. All of the costumes definitely have a futuristic sci-fi look to them. 


The film had a lengthy running time of two hours and 46 minutes.

I did get a little restless towards the middle but it was definitely worth the watch.


I was not sure if the second part would be as perfect as the first, but they might have just done that and more. 

Frank Herbert’s “Dune”, a science fiction book set in the far future, is a story of royal conflict, following a young Duke named Paul Atreidies. The novel begins with Paul Atreidies’ family, House Atreides, accepting the control of Arrakis, a planet of vast desert dunes, rich in resources, mainly spice. The spices are so important because they enhance mental abilities and extend life expectancy.  Most importantly though it is what is needed for interstellar navigation and travel, exploring this planet also brings the said dangers of the Fremen people.


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