Saturday 2 March 2024

REVIEW: Dune: Part Two (2024 Film) - Starring Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, Charlotte Rampling, and Javier Bardem

Review by Jon Donnis
"Dune: Part Two" is a monumental cinematic achievement that expands upon the foundation laid by its predecessor, delving deeper into the rich and intricate world of Frank Herbert's iconic novel. Denis Villeneuve once again demonstrates his masterful storytelling prowess, delivering a visually stunning and thematically resonant epic that captivates from start to finish.

The plot of "Dune: Part Two" picks up the threads left dangling at the end of the first installment, weaving a narrative tapestry that explores themes of power, religion, and destiny with remarkable depth and nuance. Paul Atreides' journey takes center stage as he navigates the treacherous political landscape of Arrakis, forging alliances, confronting enemies, and grappling with the weight of his own prophesied destiny. Timothée Chalamet delivers a compelling performance as Paul, capturing the character's internal conflict and evolution with skill and nuance.

The supporting cast is equally impressive, with standout performances from Zendaya as Chani, Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica, and Austin Butler as the enigmatic Feyd-Rautha. Each actor brings their respective character to life with depth and authenticity, adding layers of complexity to the already rich tapestry of the film.

Visually, "Dune: Part Two" is a feast for the eyes, with breathtaking cinematography, stunning visual effects, and meticulous production design that bring Herbert's world to vivid life. From the sweeping desert landscapes of Arrakis to the intricately designed spacecraft and futuristic technology, every frame is a work of art in its own right.

The film's score, editing, and pacing are also worthy of praise, seamlessly blending together to create a cinematic experience that is both immersive and exhilarating. Despite its lengthy runtime, the film never feels sluggish or overstays its welcome, maintaining a brisk pace that keeps viewers engaged from start to finish.

One of the film's greatest strengths is its willingness to tackle complex and thought-provoking themes, including the nature of power, the corrupting influence of religion, and the cyclical nature of violence. Villeneuve and co-writer Jon Spaihts are unafraid to explore the darker aspects of Herbert's novel, resulting in a film that is both intellectually stimulating and emotionally resonant.

In summary, "Dune: Part Two" is a true cinematic masterpiece, a worthy continuation of Villeneuve's epic adaptation of Frank Herbert's seminal work. With its breathtaking visuals, compelling performances, and thought-provoking themes, it stands as one of the greatest achievements in modern filmmaking.

I score Dune: Part Two a near perfect 9.5 out of 10

Out now in cinemas, and coming soon to digital.

Watch Dune Part One at 
Coming soon to digital Dune Part Two at