Moritz S’s review published on Letterboxd:
Dune has always been special in my life. When I first read the book I didn't understand anything and it was just an unnecessarily complicated and, in my eyes at the time, boring Star Wars.
Before I started my second read, a few years later, I watched Lynch's 1984 Dune, which confirmed my opinion at the time, even if it was for different reasons. Dune is way too complicated, has too many tropes from other movies and TV, and is sometimes just way too slow.
With the cultural understanding of what this book changed in the sci fi genre, I then gave it a second chance and it completely captivated me, the characters, the world, the philosophy are things that even though it may have taken Dune Messiah to completely understand them, that I learned to love.
For this movie I reread the first 3 books and read the last 3 books for the first time and even though God Emperor, the fourth volume, turned out to be my favorite, dune still has the biggest place in my heart.
A few years after watching Lynchs Dune i discovered the films of Denis Villeneuve and pretty fast he evolved into my favourite director. I don't think I have to explain how excited I became when Denis Villeneuve became the official director for this so long awaited movie.
That being said, I can't tell you enough how happy I am that these expectations have been met.
In the first 10 minutes alone, Denis Villeneuve manages to both introduce the world to newcomers and surprise fans who already know their way around with cinematic adaptations of elements from the books. For example, the Voice, as Quinn's Ideas said so well, doesn't feel like magic, it feels real, and such a sound design, which is truly Oscar-worthy, has never been heard like this before. I was lucky enough to see it directly in a huge Imax theater and I can only recommend it to everyone to do the same at least once.
That the actors were the perfect casting was of course already clear but as really stunningly good as a Timothée Chalamet or an Oscar Isaac were, Rebecca Ferguson really deserves every possible award for her performance as Lady Jessica.
But before I continue to praise this film, I would like to add my few but nevertheless existing criticisms.
The complete omission of Feyd and Irulan works for this film but to be honest I find it very difficult to establish them in later films.
If it was just Irulan I would have no problem but having Feyd at least stand next to the Baron once wouldn't be too much to ask and would probably help the second part massively.
Also I really don't have a problem with Gurney Halleck not being cast "book accurate" but unfortunately Josh Brolin often disappears into the background and doesn't get the screen presence I would have liked. Gurney could have very easily became a fan favorite but is probably the most forgettable here despite the fact that he did an good job.
In fact every actor is giving an amazing performance and anyone who really complains about Liet Kynes being a woman should go suck a dck. - She's absolutely amazing and I really can't think of any other actress or actor who could have done a performance like this.
This scale is so massive and huge that sentences like "only two scenes in front of a greenscreen" by Timothée Chalamet just give me long-lasting goosebumps. It makes people look so small, it gives such a sense of epicness, and it feels more real than anyone could have hoped for. There was literally only one scene that briefly tored me out and that's it! And even this scene could be explained but that would already include spoilers.
Frank Herbert's Dune is an iconic epic about family, betrayal and philosophy that Denis Villeneuve has brought to the screen in the best version possible. Audiovisually brilliant with phenomenal acting and directing.
This is for fans and even if Denis Villeneuve changed some things the film is still true to the book in a sense that Frank Herbert would have probably given his blessing.