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Dune Part 2 Review

Dune: Part 2 Review: Denis Villeneuve’s movie is off the scale

We previewed Dune: Part 2, the new chapter in Denis Villeneuve's saga based on Frank Herbert's novel: the review

Now everything is clear. The first installment of the new Denis Villeneuve-directed Dune adaptation – released in 2021 and a multiple 2022 Oscar winner – could boast the Canadian author’s extraordinarily sophisticatedly magniloquent technique, accompanied, however, by a certain narrative heaviness that had also sapped the previous Blade Runner 2049. Dune Part 1, in the presence of Frank Herbert ‘s ‘unputdownable’ original novel as well as a seminal work in science fiction, dragged pachydermically through a masterful and majestic mise-en-scene that nevertheless crushed story and characters.

It is undeniable that Villeneuve has an uncommon ability to bring out the production values and craftsmanship of his employees. The overall work of that work succeeded in shaping a tangible sci-fi universe such as has rarely been seen on the big screen with its strongest point becoming precisely the relationship of scale between the men and the world they found themselves exploring and we with them: space ships had never been so large on and in the movie screen, nor people so small in their presence.

However, those very men, the main characters of the first episode remained distant from our gaze with their palace intrigues that seemed distant and failed to pique the interest of the viewer. Instead, Dune: Part 2 puts everything in perspective: the much, perhaps over-hyped first chapter comes off as the mere little prologue that it actually was, and it is here that Denis Villeneuve’s work and vision are finally fulfilled.

Dune: Part 2: the ‘real’ answer to Avatar’s digital

Dune: Part 2 is the material, physical, real answer to the digital worlds of Avatar and James Cameron’s (here the review of Avatar: The Way of the Water) with Denis Villeneuve – Canadian as the creator of Pandora and the Na’vi – who succeeds in reproducing on the big screen an alternative to the fictional science fiction of blue backgrounds and motion-capture, science fiction that has rarely been so real, so alive, so impressive.

Were it not for the fact that sci-fi has always been a much more adult genre than fantasy, one might venture A comparison between Dune: Part II and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.: the saga of Peter Jackson had raised the bar for its benchmark genre, which until then had been considered largely fluff, but looking closely for Dune, a similar path seems to be shaping up on the horizon as the Tolkenian adaptation (A third and final chapter inspired by the novel Dune: Messiah seems certain by now, and the interlocutory ending of Part 2 more than puts that into account).

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But if Avatar showed us the future of digital, as much in 2009 as in 2022, revealing the full potential of cinema beyond the world, the body and the image, Dune acts within the world, on bodies and in images, using the reality of locations to make the unbelievable believable. For that matter, Denis Villeneuve’s work, like James Cameron’s, is also, proposes a cinema about learning to see with new looks, about the power that images have to influence the viewer when they are looked at, and how what is seen can mark the destinies of people and peoples, planets and loves.

A masterpiece? Probably yes.: what is certain is that all the ambition that in the first chapter remained surface here becomes vision, it goes through the protagonists and what they see, or think they see, or still believe and choose to see, and we with them. Because seeing is believing, and finally Dune: Part 2 makes us believe in Denis Villeneuve’s vision.

Matteo Regoli

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