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Movies with Tarek: ‘Dune: Part Two’


“A longstanding dream of mine is to adapt Dune, but it’s a long process to get the rights, and I don’t think I will succeed.”

– Denis Villeneuve

An exhilarating and unforgettable experience continued. Dune: Part Two defines the craft of cinematic filmmaking from writer and director Denis Villeneuve. Not only is the writing invigorating, but the film is a fantastic continuation filled with fascinating moving parts.

I remember reading a condensed version of the novel back in middle school. Dune: Part Two focuses like a book with components that make the film feel like an exploration of literary devices. The direction of protagonists and antagonists is a visionary tale that creates an atmosphere that is surreal for its audience. Villeneuve has accomplished his dream and is a director of expert craftsmanship which resulted in an unparalleled and vibrant sci-fi adventure. The setting and futuristic feel is enticing and breathtaking in IMAX.

My experience of Dune: Part Two blew me out of the water. Villeneuve’s technical direction of shooting the entire film for IMAX immerses its audience deeply within the story. Further, a rotation of aspect ratios shows what going to the movies is all about.

The first Dune (2021) ended with victory and the expectation that there was more to fulfill. The range of characters in these films creates a story with many levels of dynamics. Timothee Chalamet is Paul Atreides, Zendaya is Chani, Rebecca Ferguson is Jessica, Josh Brolin is Gurney Halleck, Austin Butler is Feyd-Rautha, Florence Pugh is Princess Irulan, Javier Bardem is Stilgar, Dave Bautista is Beast Rabban, Chrisopher Walken is Emperor, Lea Seydoux is Lady Margot Fenning, Souheila Yacoub is Shishakli, Stellar Skarsgard is Baron Harkonen, and Charlotte Rampling is Reverend Mother Mohiam. The ensemble of this cast of characters is of great importance to the film’s foundation which involve new dangers from previous events in the first Dune. However, Dune: Part Two has a whole new level of authority and factors that collide for an adventure that is one of the best experiences yet from Villeneuve.

I recall from the book that the timeline would go back to the 19th century. The fascination behind the continuing saga in Dune: Part Two is the result of Villeneuve’s vision and creative mind which brings his audience even further into the world of Dune. Villeneuve is faithful to making the fictional setting and the various moving parts sync up with the novel.

The plot of this sci-fi thriller that defines mesmerizing wondersis worth diving into. The film begins with Paul, Jessica, and Chani. They are with the Fremen. With Paul’s victory and powers of evolvement, he seeks revenge. Paul still has the power to see visions into the future. The turmoil he sees motivates him to become a conqueror and stop events from happening. Stilgar trains Paul to fight with their people. Since Paul comes from a high-ranking powerful family, the struggle involves his acceptance of equality. He must learn to do what is right for him given he was the victor in the first film.

Baron Haronken and his nephew Feyd-Rautha are the conquerors and the ones that Paul seeks vengeance with. Paul’s love for Chani is questioned. The fate of the future that Paul envisions is inevitable. He is willing and bound to take risks. While wanting to avenge the death of the ones he loved, he must understand the reality of his choices. Dune: Part Two is a literal and visual experience for the masses. Paul’s dreams still have a mental impact on him. Learning to handle the new ropes heightens the excitement in this film’s uncharted territory. As Paul screams, “SILENCE,” the wrath of his past makes Dune: Part Two an amazing and unforgettable experience. Rage, power, corruption, and politics are at the boiling point in this sensational film. Dune: Part Two is a journey of wonders that is pure adrenaline. Four stars!

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Tarek Fayoumi
Tarek Fayoumihttp://movieswithtarek.com
Tarek Fayoumi is the creator and lead critic of movieswithtarek.com. He also contributes to Medium.com, is an approved critic of Bananameter, and a member of the Chicago Indie Critics (CIC) and Independent Film Critics of America.


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