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Dune

conchobhar

What's Shenmue?
(he/him/his)
Ah, you beat me to it.

I'm extremely excited for this. Dune has long been a favourite of mine and the prospect of a properly good adaptation is very exciting. I don't think Dune is "unfilmable" as many attest, but it is difficult, and Denis Villeneuve is exactly the person I'd trust to do it right.

And what a cast! The entire line-up is stellar but Oscar Isaacs as Leto and Stellan Skarsgard as Harkonnen already look like standouts.

The only thing I'd quibble with is that it's a bit more drab than I'd like. Not that I expect (nor want) Dune to be bursting with colour, but I guess I expected a bit more saturation to it. But it's not a major concern for me, especially when the cinematography otherwise looks great. Can't wait.
 

4-So

False is the dawn that promises anything
This is the first thing I've seen that makes me consider accepting the risk of going to a movie theater.

Edit: Also, good use of Eclipse by Pink Floyd. Set the mood just right.
 
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ThornGhost

posts to relax/study to
(he/him)
Minority opinion here:

This trailer looks like the tiredest shit imaginable. It's got every boring hallmark of the last decade plus of movies trying to hammer sci-fi/fantasy stories into the same gritty war-focused hole.

Plinky, oppressive reimnagining of a classic rock song? Check.

"War...is coming" or some equivalent said in a raspy voice? Check.

The wubby Inception sound-effect shoehorned into some dramatic moment? Oh yeah.

Everybody's color-corrected to hell and back and looks like they could take a bath in Aveeno and still come out with dry skin? Of course.

Maybe this is just the trailer and not indicative of the film, but considering this is a Warner Brother's joint, I don't have much hope. Come on people, there are other ways to tell a story.
 
One weird thing...

Momoa is like, charismatic as all get out. But future dunes really hinge on that character. Is this good casting?
 
Yes, Momoa is good.

Plinky, oppressive reimnagining of a classic rock song? Check.

"War...is coming" or some equivalent said in a raspy voice? Check.

The wubby Inception sound-effect shoehorned into some dramatic moment? Oh yeah.
All of this is pretty much just bog standard blockbuster movie trailer making in 2020. I agree that it's extremely formulaic now, but that's really a complaint about the genre of blockbuster movie trailers rather than the movie in question.

No matter what the movie is, it's going to be edited into this trailer. This creates a degree of work for the viewer where you have to try to imagine what the underlying movie is that has been edited into this same trailer, again.

Those particular formal elements of trailers are a problem precisely because they're now so standardized that they obscure the underlying movie, rather than being an element of the trailer that reveals anything about the underlying movie.
 

Ludendorkk

(he/him)
At this point in his career Villeneuve has more than earned the benefit of the doubt, regardless of what the marketing department gets up to
 
I feel like we'll be lucky if they even get to make a part 2 to adapt the second half of the first book, even though a Villeneuve helmed God Emperor of Dune is obviously the dream.
 

John

(he/him)
The initial reporting said this was going to be split over two movies, but the trailer didn't mention that. Anyone know if that's still the case?
 
This movie is an adaptation of the first half or so of the book.

Whether or not there will be a sequel that covers the second half is TBD, probably depending on how this does.

So, it's not a situation where they filmed an adaptation of the entire first book and are splitting it over two movies.

They've said they're trying to present it as a standalone movie that is complete on its own. If they stick to this, I would guess they create a sort of open ending that serves as a soft cliffhanger. But we'll see.
 
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Paul le Fou

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
(He)
At this point in his career Villeneuve has more than earned the benefit of the doubt, regardless of what the marketing department gets up to
Yeah, Villeneuve is a fantastic director, the cinematography looks gorgeous, and iirc it's a 2-film adaptation which means it won't be rushed and stilted like the previous movie.

They're also working on a TV series focusing on the Bene Gesserit, it seems? So, I dunno, seems like WB is banking on it being a franchise. Which...I could go for, in theory.
 

Adrenaline

Post Reader
(He/Him)
You can tell it's not an adaptation of the whole book because Feyd Rautha doesn't appear to have even been cast yet
 

ThornGhost

posts to relax/study to
(he/him)
Dune is just the franchise that WB has chosen to position against Disney's Star Wars

I am ready for classic sci-fi adapted by the studio that brought us Batman v Superman
 

John

(he/him)
Bummer that even if this is great, it won't make its money back due to COVID, and the second half probably won't be greenlit. I'm sure not going to see it even by December, but I'd spend $30 for a digital copy. They would only get a single dip from me, when any other year I'd see it in the theatres and then buy a digital copy months later.
 

ThornGhost

posts to relax/study to
(he/him)
My friend just texted me that House Harknonnen should be in Mortal Kombat 12 and I have to find some kind of way that more people can read that
 

Fredde

Citizen of Gotham
I'm curious what reception will be in today's political climate for a movie based on a book that had some obvious Muslim names and concepts in it. I really hope the movie doesn't shy away from that.
 

Paul le Fou

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
(He)
I am ready for classic sci-fi adapted by the studio that brought us Batman v Superman
By the director of Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, and produced by the studios that gave us some of the higher-quality blockbusters of the last decade, including a lot of Christopher Nolan's output.

We get it, you hate the trailer and think the movie is going to be bad. We hear you and validate your opinion. Satisfied now?
 
I'm curious what reception will be in today's political climate for a movie based on a book that had some obvious Muslim names and concepts in it. I really hope the movie doesn't shy away from that.
It seems like "crusade" is being used rather than "jihad" in the trailer. Personally I think that type of thing fine for an adapatation, as long as they are keeping future syncretic religions like Zensunni that make up so much of the worldbuilding. (The books use both terms so maybe this is not significant beyond avoiding unnecessary controversy for a trailer.....)
 

Falselogic

Once and Future Threadcromancer
(they/them)
Why wait for the movie when you can play the game!


Not quite what you're looking for?


(I actually heartily recommend both these games!)
 
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