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"Dune" Is Breathtaking, And Here's Everything I Thought While Watching

The Bene Gesserit are scary...and I love them.

Hello, fellow movie lovers. This is just a casual reminder that Denis Villeneuve's highly anticipated Dune comes out TOMORROW, Oct. 22!

Person running from a giant sandworm

The latest adaptation of Frank Herbert's 1965 novel is beautiful, epic, and IMHO made for the big screen (and specifically IMAX, if you're able to get to one!). And here's every thought I had while watching:

P.S. — There are some mild spoilers ahead, but don't worry, I don't ruin any major plot points!

1. Wait. PART ONE?! I know I’m only a few minutes in, but there BETTER be a Part Two.

2. Ahhh, the year 10191 — aka the future where humans have LONG abandoned the dumpster fire that is Earth (which was prob their fault anyway, tbh).

3. It's probably just CG, but I wonder if these actors had to wear giant blue contact lenses.

4. Love that there’s all these ~fancy~ names like House Atreides, Duke Leto, Arrakis, etc. and then there’s…Paul.

5. Okay, also loving that there’s a rug (or rug design) on this ship’s exit ramp. It's the future, but it doesn't mean it can't be ~stylish~!

Duke Leto (Oscar Isaac) and his military stand before an arriving ship

6. Hey, daddy Oscar, er, I mean Duke Leto. 😍

7. Oh, I definitely don’t trust this lady.

8. Welcome to the world’s prettiest — but most impractical — cemetery!

9. Ugh, honestly, though, Oscar and this beard is *chef’s kiss*. (I promise I'll stop talking about Oscar Isaac...for a while, anyway.)

10. “I wanted to be a pilot.” That’s some serious Luke Skywalker energy there, Leto.

11. Also getting very Game of Thrones meets Star Wars vibes here. (I am aware Dune the book pre-dates both, but that’s just how I feel, let me live!)

12. Alright! David Dastmalchian…he’s having a bit of a moment right now, and I’m into it!

13. Also, I’ll never NOT think “Rachel Dawes!” when I see him, LOL.

14. I don’t know what’s happening on Stellan Skarsgård’s back, but it looks painful (and gross).

15. There’s a lot of secret languages going on in this movie.

16. Oh, I legit did not see the mother superior lady sitting there. Creepy.

The mother superior (Charlotte Rampling) sitting in an old library talking to Paul

17. Yeah, no, this lady is SCARY.

18. “Goodbye, young human.” Legit laughed out loud at this for some reason.

19. I would like to know more about the Bene Gesserit. They’re scary, and I love them.

20. No pressure, Paul.

21. Apparently, bagpipes still exist in the future.

22. I don’t know what the natives are saying, but I’m 99% sure they're thinking, “Yeah, no, fuck these conquerors.”

Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson) looking scared, standing in an old fortress

23. Sci-fi films sure do love their futuristic pyramid designs. (Maybe it’s just a Denis Villeneuve thing?)

24. Let me get this straight, 8,000+ years in the future — in a world where spaceships and interplanetary travel exist — this poor guy still has to water palm trees with a ladle and bucket? That sucks.

25. As someone who has a newly planted palm tree in their yard, I can attest to them being finicky AF.

26. Uhhhhhh.

27. Spiders with hand-like legs? Thanks, I hate it.

28. I also hate very tall, scary, floating Baron.

The Baron (Stellan Skarsgard) floating up above a table

29. There’s a lot of bugs and bug-like things happening in this world. WHY?

30. Ugh, Javier Bardem is so good — he could read the phone book and make it sound like Shakespeare.

31. Honestly? This soundtrack slaps.

32. Alright, Duke Leto, THIS IS YOUR MOMENT! You live out that pilot dream!

33. 😬 x100

34. Sardaukar Warriors seem SUPER chill. (Lies.)

35. These forcefield shield things are cool, but are they even that useful?! So far, they're kinda batting zero.

36. Oh…that’s how they work, got it.


38. *Spoiler alert* Naked Oscar Isaac!

39. I haven’t seen anyone eat food this grossly since Lord of the Rings.

The Baron looking over his shoulder at someone

40. Wow, even hazmat suits in the future are high-fashion.

41. *Leo pointing meme* TINY MOUSE WITH BIG EARS!

42. Oh, that’s very lucky timing on Duncan’s part.

43. Gotta say, idk how I’d feel about drinking someone else’s spit, even if it is “filtered.”

44. Oh really…gonna ride a sandworm, are we?

45. Nooooo!!!

Dr. Liet-Kynes (Sharon Duncan-Brewster) in her survival suit standing in the desert

46. Here we are back on Caladan for more gross things. Today? A bath.

47. So, like, we’re about TWO HOURS into the movie now, and I have a question: where is Zendaya? (And I don't mean in just dream sequence form!)

48. "Film books!" Wish I had those when I was back in school. (Do people not "read" in the future?)

49. OMG, imagine having to do this sand dance for HOURS. DAYS.

50. Guys, I'm gonna say it: Sandworm mouths look like ~something else~. You know what I mean.

51. NOPE!

52. Finally, Zendaya!

Zendaya as Chani, wearing a Fremen survival suit standing by some rocks

53. Trial by combat! (Sorry, my brain has been conditioned to call all duels "trial by combat" thanks to Game of Thrones.)

54. Well, this is sad and awkward.


56. “This is just the beginning…” Dammit, I know.

57. Part Two better happen, because if it doesn't, this will have been a looooot of setup with no payoff. Just sayin'.

Jessica, Chani, Stilgar, and Paul, in survival suits, standing in a large rock formation looking out at something

Dune hits theaters on Oct. 22, 2021 (honestly, 10/10 recommend watching it this way)! But if you can't make it to the cinema, it will also be available on HBO Max for 31 days after release. And you can check out the official trailer here:

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