Dune 2: hypnotic, philosophical, political… cinematographic!

Paul Atréides (Timothée Chalamet) and his mother Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson) are the only survivors of the massacre of the Atréides dynasty by the Harkonnens. Refugees on the desert planet Arrakis, they fraternize with the Fremen, nomadic indigenous people who take Paul for the new messiah. Only Chani (Zendaya) seems to doubt it. As for Paul, he fears falling into the temptation of a dictatorship…

We're not going to hide it, the release of Denis Villeneuve's new film, Dune Part II, is the cinematic event of the beginning of the year, as was the release of the first opus, three years ago years (Dune part 1). If the latter had received unanimous critical and spectator approval, what about Dune 2: a dispensable sequel, or an essential one?

Against all odds!

Let's ignore the suspense: the second part of the adaptation of the Franck Herbert saga by Quebecer Denis Villeneuve surpasses, by far, the first. The film is a total success, for those who of course are fond of science fantasy, but not only that, and that is one of its great qualities. We have rarely seen such beautiful cinematography and almost invisible special effects. The sandworms are magnificent and just for the scenes where Paul rides them, the film is worth the ticket.

A political and philosophical reflection on the state of our world

Formally, the film makes a giant leap compared to the first opus which was already heavy. That's how it keeps you in your chair. Dune 2 was thought and designed for the big screen and this is felt during each of the almost 3 hours of film. We could talk about the hours of sound design, Greig Fraser's photography (ah, those monochrome shots!), Joe Walker's crazy editing, but we'll just advise you to choose your theater carefully to see the film. You will understand… (and the future 4K will undoubtedly be the killer of the year).

What fascinates with this Dune 2 is the modernity of its scenario which, beyond the sublime action scenes and epic moments, manages in a blockbuster with global reach to ultimately be a beautiful reflection on the freedom of peoples to dispose of their resources, on fanaticism and religious radicalism, armed conflicts and genocidal temptations. Incredible political and philosophical reflections on the state of our world as the backbone of a pure entertainment product, we had to dare. Action nourishing reflection, and vice versa, in perfect harmony although a little long and filled with more or less abstruse speeches.

Will you get back some desert?

The film is the logical continuation of the first and begins where the latter left off. But where Dune Part 1 had been a beautiful (and long) exposition of a universe and the stakes in place, Dune Part II is a real concentration of action and intelligence bordering on the hypnotic. The Chalament/Zendaya pairing has matured and their game has certainly become more muscular. Even if they remain not very expressive, but these are the roles that require it, their alchemy is palpable. If the newcomers are in tune with the ambition of the film, it is above all Austin Butler who literally bursts the screen in a performance which will be a landmark, magnified, it must be admitted, by the direction.

If you liked the first one: go for it. If you haven't seen the first one: go for it too (you'll understand everything)! If you didn't like the first one: don't go! Dune 2 is even bigger, stronger and longer than Dune 1. We have warned you. Released in theaters on February 28.