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A spectacular journey through the wonders of space and the mysteries of time, from the boundaries of the incredible to the borders of the impossible.
Time Out: London's 100 Best Sci-Fi Movies
December 14, 1984
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Few Sci-Fi films have been as good or better, Joss Whedon's Serenity and George Lucas' Star Wars are two that could fall into a clear debate with David Lynch's take on Frank Herbert's Dune. However, for the era in which the film was made, the dramatic power of the characters portrayed by the movies' actors, the special effects and flawless production make Dune a film that most can not stand up against within the genre despite the era in which it was made.
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Its...an interesting failure. I'm a fan of the novel but honestly I don't see how anyone who hasn't read the book could capably follow this. Perhaps someday Lynch does agree to go back through the deleted scenes and put together a cut that does better justice to the source material.
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I'd love to see what Lynch would do with the freedom to re-edit the film now. I doubt it will ever happen, given his resistance to even TALKING about the film, but I bet he could at the very least come up with a better edit than the versions that exist now.
Lynch's worst film by far and an abysmal adaptation that hits most of the main notes of the novel without capturing any of their resonance. It's got some interesting visuals but that's about it. Depressingly muddled adaptation with some utterly bizarre creative choices like the constant distracting voice overs. It's the only film Lynch has made that I think qualifies as a bad movie. David Lynch is a great filmmaker. Dune is a great novel. They just weren't a great fit and the world wasn't ready for an adaptation of Dune that could live up to the novel yet.