DUNE: PART TWO Review – The Pinnacle of a Great Movie-Going Experience

DUNE: PART TWO is why movie theaters exists
Dune: Part Two

Denis Villeneuve’s Dune: Part Two magnificently continues the epic narrative established in its predecessor, cementing itself as a visual and auditory masterpiece that elevates the science fiction genre. This sequel not only carries the story forward with compelling depth but also enhances the first part, making the two a cohesive, grand tale that captivates and enthralls.

An Audio-Video Masterpiece

Dune: Part Two
AUSTIN BUTLER as Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen Copyright: © 2023 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved. Photo Credit: Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures

Dune: Part Two‘s visual spectacle is nothing short of breathtaking. Villeneuve, alongside Oscar-winning director of photography Greig Fraser, crafts a cinematic canvas that is both vast and intricate. The desolate beauty of Arrakis, the opulence of the imperial courts, and the stark, raw intensity of the Fremen’s desert life are rendered with a meticulous attention to detail that fully immerses viewers in the world of Dune. Every frame is a testament to the artistry and vision that have gone into realizing Frank Herbert’s universe, with the film’s visual effects pushing the boundaries of what’s possible on screen.

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Complementing the visual grandeur is the film’s powerful audio performance. Hans Zimmer’s score is a masterclass in film composition, blending traditional orchestration with innovative soundscapes that reflect the cultural fusion at the heart of Dune. The music elevates every scene, adding layers of emotion and tension, and perfectly encapsulates the epic scale and personal drama of the story.

An Oasis of Talent

At the center of Dune: Part Two is Timothée Chalamet’s Paul Atreides, whose leadership is tested as he navigates the complex politics of Arrakis and the expectations placed upon him. Chalamet delivers a performance that is both nuanced and powerful, capturing Paul’s transformation from a young man burdened by his destiny to a leader capable of inspiring loyalty and fear. His chemistry with Zendaya, who plays Chani, is electric. Zendaya matches Chalamet’s intensity, bringing strength and depth to her character that makes their shared scenes some of the most compelling in the film.

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Dave Bautista’s portrayal of Glossu Rabban illustrates an incredible loss of power and station, adding a layer of tragedy to the character that is both surprising and moving. Rebecca Ferguson’s Lady Jessica is a masterclass in manipulation and survival, with Ferguson imbuing the character with a mix of vulnerability and steeliness that is mesmerizing to watch.

Austin Butler emerges as a scene-stealer with his portrayal of Feyd-Rautha. His charisma and menace light up the screen, offering a counterpoint to Chalamet’s Paul that is riveting. Christopher Walken’s Baron Harkonnen is a figure of savage menace, with Walken bringing a chilling depth to the role that underscores the Baron’s ruthless ambition.

Villeneuve and His Mastery of Time

Dune: Part Two
REBECCA FERGUSON as Lady Jessica Copyright: © 2024 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Villeneuve’s direction is, without hyperbole, a magnificent culmination of the film’s impressive elements. He skillfully balances the epic with the intimate, ensuring that the human drama at the heart of Dune: Part Two is never lost amidst the spectacle. His vision for Dune is one of grandeur and detail, and Part Two is a testament to his ability to translate complex narratives into compelling cinema.

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The film’s length, while noticeable, is necessary. It allows for the development of the numerous characters and the intricate plot without feeling rushed or incomplete. This pacing ensures that the audience is fully engaged and invested in the journey of Paul Atreides and the fate of Arrakis.

One Story Ends But Another Is Just Beginning

Dune: Part Two enhances and enriches the experience of the first film, making it clear that the two parts are meant to be seen as a whole. Villeneuve has not just adapted Herbert’s novel; he has expanded it, adding layers of meaning and emotion that resonate with contemporary audiences while staying true to the source material.

Dune: Part Two is the epitome of a cinematic experience. It is a film that demands to be seen on the biggest screen possible with the best sound system and acoustics possible, not just for the visual and auditory spectacle, but for the incredible performances, the depth of the storytelling, and Villeneuve’s visionary direction. It is a film that stays with you long after the credits roll, a fitting continuation of one of science fiction’s most epic tales.

For being the reason we go to the movies, I give Dune: Part Two a


Dune: Part Two is set to release exclusively in theaters worldwide on March 1, 2023, with special IMAX fan-first premiere screenings on February 25, 2025.

About Dune: Part Two

Dune: Part Two

Release Date: March 1, 2023, exclusively in theaters
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Screenplay: Denis Villeneuve, Jon Spaihts
Music composed by: Hans Zimmer
Cinematography: Greig Fraser
Producers: Denis Villeneuve, Mary Parent, Cale Boyter, Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr.
Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Austi nButler, Florence Pugh, Dave Bautista, Christopher Walken, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Léa Seydoux, Stellan Skarsgård, Charlotte Rampling, Javier Bardem

The saga continues as award-winning filmmaker Denis Villeneuve embarks on “Dune: Part Two,” the next chapter of Frank Herbert’s celebrated novel Dune, with an expanded all-star international ensemble cast.  The film, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, is the highly anticipated follow-up to 2021’s six-time Academy Award-winning “Dune.”

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