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“Dune: Part Two” continues the sci-fi saga of the century

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“Dune: Part Two” is a 2024 American epic science fiction film directed and produced by Denis Villeneuve, who co-wrote the screenplay with Jon Spaihts. The sequel to Dune (2021), it is the second of a two-part adaptation of the 1965 novel Dune by Frank Herbert.

“Dune: Part Two” was released in the United States on March 1. It was co-produced and co-financed by Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment, and it was directed by Denis Villeneuve. Timothée Chalamet plays Paul Atreides, the main character of the film. Austin Butler, Florence Pugh and Christopher Walken join the “Part One” cast of Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin and Stellan Skarsgård.

After 10 days on the big screen, “Part Two” surpassed the entire domestic tally of the first film, which was $108 million. On March 17, the film had already grossed $494.7 million globally, which has rarely happened for a film in post-pandemic times. The movie cost $190 million to produce and roughly $100 million more to promote to global audiences, but it well surpassed the number with its box office sales.

The story continues where “Part One” left off, following Paul Atreides as he becomes a part of the Fremen tribe and seeks revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. As Atreides and his mother, Lady Jessica, become more important figures, there are mixed feelings throughout the tribe and houses, leading to conflict. 

This was one of the first movies I’ve seen in awhile where I left the theater knowing I just watched a great film. The plot was intricate and deep, and there wasn’t a moment without action. Compared to the relatively boring “Part One,” “Part Two” lived up to all expectations as a phenomenal movie. I was intrigued every second of the movie and had every emotion possible while watching it. The acting was amazing, but the cinematography was even more incredible. It felt real, and that I was there with them. 

“Dune: Part Two” concludes on an ambiguous note and leaves room for a sequel. The first “Dune” movie from 2021 and the new sequel film are based on the first novel in the Dune book series by Frank Herbert. The sci-fi author wrote six “Dune” novels before he died in 1986, and although Warner Bros. has not yet confirmed a third Dune film, Villeneuve said he is working to adapt Dune Messiah, the sequel to Frank Herbet’s Dune (1965). Jason Momoa has already addressed the potential for his original “Dune” character, Duncan Idaho, to mysteriously return in the upcoming movie. 

Overall, I highly enjoyed the movie and wouldn’t mind watching it again, despite its 2 hour and 46 minute length. The end of the movie left me needing to know what the fate of the Fremen and Atreides will be. I recommend everyone go and watch this movie!

Rating: 9/10

 

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