'Dune' more relevant now than 40 years ago, says director of sci-fi reboot

This epic remake of a 1984 film got a six-minute standing ovation at the world premier. Margaret Gardiener chats to some of the cast and crew

2021-10-22 12:02:00 PM

This epic remake of a 1984 film got a six-minute standing ovation at the world premier. Margaret Gardiener chats to some of the cast and crew

This epic remake of a 1984 film got a six-minute standing ovation at the world premier. Margaret Gardiener chats to some of the cast and crew

Shot in the Jordanian desert, the beautiful cinematography is evocative and the worms that populate the strange, fantastical planet ravage the place in spectacular fashion. It sounds over the top, but it isn't. The Venice and World Premiere prompted a six-minute standing ovation.

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Some readers may recall David Lynch's 1984 version of the film, starring Kyle MacLachlan, which was a box-office bomb, grossing $30.9m from a $40m budget. Hopefully this remake - in which Villeneuve delivers a story that invokes the plunder of minerals in third world countries as well as current geopolitical quandaries, global warming and the volcano that is the Middle East - will do better.

"Frank Herbert wroteDunein the '60s as a portrait of the 20th century, but I think it became more true as time went on, like a prediction of what would happen in the 21st century," said Villeneuve.Sharon Duncan-Brewster as Dr Liet-Kynes in 'Dune'. headtopics.com

Image:Warner Bros"Sadly, the book is more relevant today. The blend of danger between the cross mix of religion and politics, the danger of messianic figures, the impact of colonialism and the problem with the environment all feature. This book stayed with me through the years. It felt more relevant through time. I wish it wasn't the case, but I think the movie will speak to the world right now, more than it would have done 40 years ago."

Chamalet anchors the film with gravitas, handling both the action and responsibilities that come to Paul Atreides in dreams laced with the mysterious figure played by Zendaya. The film features great character development that many blockbusters lack. Silence is allowed to grow, moody moments menace the audience and the action will have you holding your breath.

Asked if he'd watched the earlier version ofDune, Chamalet said he had seen it in preparation for his role."I have huge respect for Kyle's performance. I love that version. I watched it about two months before we started shooting."And he wasn't intimidated by the initial version's all star cast.

"I've been fortunate to work on other projects that have had prior iterations with great actors in them and I have huge respect for all of them. But when Denis Villeneuve asks you to do a movie and do his version of a movie, you forget all that, and you make yourself as humble as the source material asks you to be," he said. headtopics.com

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It's an adaptation of part of a 1965 novel, not a remake of David Lynch's interpretation. Great journalism. “Gardiner” 🤦🏾‍♂️