‘Dune’ is too big for your TV | Engadget

Warner Bros. originally agreed to let Villeneuve tell the story in two parts (this movie's title card says "Dune Part 1"), but the follow-up still hasn't been officially greenlit. The film focuses on half of the novel, telling the story of Paul Atreides (Timothe Chalamet), a sheltered baron's son who moves to the desert planet of Arrakis. As I waited for my screening to begin, an alien voice began speaking out of nowhere, sounding like it came entirely from the theater's subwoofers. But as Paul quickly learns, it's also a dangerous place for his elite family, and it's where he learns he may also be a potential messiah. You know, typical teen boy stuff.After being wowed by Dune in the theater, I plan to rewatch it at home on HBO Max, where it's also being released today. I watched it in the second row of a fairly typical multiplex theater, and it still floored me. The film almost goes out of its way to diminish any Islamic influence from its story (instead of Jihad, there are references to a crusade).
The real world just felt too small when I stepped out of Denis Villeneuve's Dune. There weren't any enormous spaceships ready to rocket off to planets in distant galaxies. No Brutalist palaces amid e… [+2841 chars]