Dune ★★★★

"So much potential wasted in a male."

Josh Brolin and Timothée Chalamet getting sweaty in a knife-fight was a classical love scene only surpassed by every, single, second of Zendaya's all encompassing screen presence.

In Dune, Denis Villeneuve has found a moment of clarity in a sea of mediocre releases. Its intelligent screenplay and devastatingly beautiful presentation carry a tale full of the future inside this incredibly detailed world.

While cosmetically outstanding, the near-perfect casting transcends the film to a higher level. Everyone in their role, everyone in the right place. Charlotte Rampling was a revelation as Mother Mohlam, a character full of insight and danger. For a relatively small part, she makes a huge contribution, but it's the younglings that really drive this movie. Chalamet and Zendaya are entirely captivating, and inside this world of sand, harsh landscapes and peril they ascend into the realms of this decades greats.

A little long perhaps? A little light on character development perhaps? A little blah blah blah...no. It's really not, and I can't wait to hear its booming soundtrack again under the summer stars of my local outdoor cinema next month.

Wasted potential? Not this time.

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