What to Watch This Weekend – Dune: Part Two

Dune: Part Two

Dune: Part Two is the story of the continued battle for control of the planet Arrakis. After his family was betrayed and murdered, Duke Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) fled into the desert with his mother Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson). There, they met the indigenous Fremen of the planet. These people resent Emperor Shaddam IV’s (Christopher Walken) invasion of their land to harvest the resource known as Spice—the most valuable commodity in the universe. Paul’s emergence has some devout Fremen believing he is the messiah come to lead and end their subjugation. As the planetary war escalates, both sides recruit new warriors to stand and fight. Meanwhile, Paul grapples with who he is versus what the Fremen need him to be.

What works in Dune: Part Two is the epic nature of a fantastically engaging story. Writer/director Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049, Arrival) outdoes his own previous technical and cinematic achievements. This sequel flawlessly propels the narrative with deep characters and invigorating sequences. The incredible ensemble of performers each lends gravity to the proceedings with thoughtful perspectives and clear motivations. And while Chalamet is clearly the lead, it is the orchestra of talent that elevates Dune: Part Two at every turn. Villeneuve compliments the acting with a visual and audio experience that will remind audiences of a theater’s power. Jaw dropping effects and sound that shakes the bones await all who wisely choose to see this masterpiece on the biggest screen available.

Individuals disinterested in the space opera genre may find Dune: Part Two exhausting. At two hours and forty-five minutes, this latest entry in the saga is a marathon. While it does not waste a single frame of its runtime, Dune: Part Two is an experience that demands energy from its viewers. Some people may also find the story structure very/too familiar. It’s worth noting here that Dune is the inspiration for many current popular franchises with similar themes and character arcs. Said differently, it is never derivative even though it may feel that way to some. Finally, audiences should note (as per the title) that this is the second instalment in a much larger/longer story. It is highly recommended that at a minimum people view (or remind themselves of) the first movie before sitting through Part Two.

Dune: Part Two is an outstanding, impressive film that will likely be a) one of the most talked about films of 2024, b) one of the most financially successful, and c) a strong contender for cinematic achievement awards in 2025 across multiple categories. This is a must-see for anyone who appreciates the craft of exceptional filmmaking.

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