Dune (1984)

dir. David Lynch. Based on the Frank Herbert science fiction novel of the same name, about feuding noble houses, fighting over the crucial natural resource, ‘Spice’ which is only found on the planet Arrakis, also known as Dune. What a beautiful mess. The dialogue, and almost constant voiceover of characters inner monologue waver between dreamlike, to cringe-inducing. Something about the cinematography and special effects make this feel more like a 1950s science-fiction film, than a 1980s film. Three years earlier, BLADE RUNNER (1982) looks even more visionary and futuristic in comparison. Interesting BLADE RUNNER connection, with Sean Young as Chani in DUNE, after playing Rachel in BLADE RUNNER. This is a shame, because the costume and set designs are stunning, each planet’s culture is distinct and interesting. The Brian Eno music is brilliant. Some of the best moments are when David Lynch’s unique sensibility sync up with the sci-fi settings, creating some truly wonderful Terry Gilliam style scenes. 

By Nicholas Hudson-Ellis

Co-Founder & Film Programs Manager of Bangkok Screening Room.

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