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Wayne Parham is currently offline  Wayne Parham
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Kelly and I went to see Dune this weekend with some friends. One of the friends was an avid Dune fan, having read all the books. Kelly had seen the 1984 version of the movie and was familiar with the characters and the plot. The others were like me, unfamiliar with the story. So we had a mix of expectations.

I must admit that I tried to watch the 1984 movie when it came out, and it was just too cheesy for me. Too slow-paced too. It was like watching a black-and-white "Flash Gordon" in slow motion. So I probably only saw a few minutes of the film and could only tell you it was set on a desert planet.

So for me, the bar was set pretty low and I expected the modern movie would probably be much better.

Now having explained the mental environment I had going into the movie, I must say I was more than pleasantly surprised by the movie. I thought it was fantastic, and I am now a huge Dune fan. Can't wait to see the sequel, and I hope the studios expand upon it to cover all the various plot spin-offs I'm told are in the books.

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Re: Dune [message #94715 is a reply to message #94711] Fri, 29 October 2021 18:11 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Rusty is currently offline  Rusty
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I've read Dune, the first novel. I thought the 84 David Lynch movie followed rather well the contents of the book. And even though the special effects of the time are dated now, they holdup next to the oddly baroque and steam punk looking spacecraft and interior sets used to describe different worlds clashing to control the spice. Lynch's avant-guarde approach is always controversial, putting off many. Not me. Just the same, I ought to catch this remake to compare.
Kenneth McMillan's Barron Harkonnen for me is unsurpassed.

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Re: Dune [message #94734 is a reply to message #94711] Mon, 01 November 2021 12:00 Go to previous messageGo to next message
LoveJB is currently offline  LoveJB
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I keep seeing previews for the movie but honestly hadn't ever heard of it before. I'm more of a "read the book first" person. I thought that maybe I would be lost by watching the new movie first. After reading this, it seems that I would not be lost. Thanks!!
Re: Dune [message #94735 is a reply to message #94711] Tue, 02 November 2021 17:41 Go to previous message
johnnycamp5 is currently offline  johnnycamp5
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I began watching it on HBO max until I fell asleep after about 1/4.
I hate when I do that, I must try not to start watching too late.

I liked what i saw though, ill have to start over and see it through.

I liked the original as well even with all its cheesiness....
but Ive always been a real fanatic of sci-fi......it has to be more than terrible for me not to enjoy it
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