Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Leave it to Denis Villeneuve to adapt a sweeping sci-fi epic with incredibly dense lore and make it charming and emotionally gripping.

Years ago, I attempted to read the original novel but found myself so put off by the initial onslaught of infodump that I had to throw in the towel. The new film does a spectacular job of laying out the basic elements to understand the events and characters it portrays without feeling overwhelming or boring. No wonder it’s become a theatrical hit and has been celebrated even by mainstream audiences.

The final minutes are an obvious layup for the sequel, baiting both the audience and the studio for a sequel, but luck has it that PART II has already been greenlit. Bring it on, we’re a Dune family now.

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