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movie reviewmovie reviewmovie review out of 4 Movie Review: Dune

Starring: Kyle Machlaclan, Patrick Stewart
Director: David Lynch
Rated: PG-13
RunTime: 137 Minutes
Release Date: December 1984
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

*Also starring: Francesca Annis, Virginia Madsen, Sting, Silvana Mangano, Sian Phillips, Richard Jordan, Paul Smith, Max von Sydow

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Review by GaryW
3 stars out of 4

Dune, the classic science fiction novel by Frank Herbert upon which this movie is based, is a novel in which a complex and richly textured world is created and which is populated by equally complex characters.  The main plotline involves the struggle of Paul Atreides to assume leadership of the plaent Arakis, also known as Dune.  Given such complexity and the huge scope of the (very lengthy) novel, it was hard for me to imagine the movie industry doing justice to the novel-- something which I felt was confirmed by the commercial failure of the movie.  At that point I resolved to not  see it for fear of it spoiling my appreciation of the novel, which I have re-read at least five times.

Dune eventually appeared on the science fiction channel and following a positive comment by an acquaintance, I decided to watch the movie.  As it turns out, Dune does capture the spirit and the complexity of the novel, and is visually impressive and stylish (clearly showing the influence of David Lynch).  The main problem with the movie is that in attempting to preserve the richness and complexity of the novel, David Lynch made a movie that was often incomprehensible.  Anyone who has read the book before watching the movie will realize that there are an many important subtleties that one could never understand from the movie alone.  The interesting thing is that if you are familiar with the story, then I think this approach actually results in a better, more involving, and interesting, movie. For this reason, I recommend the movie to those who have read the book and to those who have not-- read the book and then watch the movie.

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