Dune: Our review of the dazzling dust-filled spectacle and the reactions so far

23 October 2021, 12:00

By Jenny Mensah

Denis Villeneuve's 2021 adaptation of Frank Herbert's sci-fi novel has released it's latest trailer. Find out more about the upcoming sci-fir release here.

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The remake of Dune is officially released and its already had fans talking.

Denis Villeneuve's take on the 1965 novel by Frank Herbert sees an all-star cast dazzle in a dust-filled spectacle this year.

The book was originally adapted for the cinema by David Lynch in 1984, but he considers it one of the only real failures of his career.

With its epic landscapes, incredible battle scenes and a Hans Zimmer score, this highly-anticipated adaptation is one to watch as sci-fi fans across the globe wait to see if Villeneuve can do the novel justice.

But just what can we expect from the new Dune? Watch the latest official trailer, get our thoughts on the film and find out everything we know about the film so far.

Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac and Timothée Chalamet in Dune
Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac and Timothée Chalamet in Dune. Picture: Warner Bros Pictures

When is Dune released?

Dune is out now after being released in cinemas on 21 October 2021.

Timothée Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson in Dune
Timothée Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson in Dune. Picture: Warner Bros. Pictures

Dune: What's our review?

Dune was a visual splendour and a captivating feast for the eyes that at some points was blinding in its brilliance.

The Hans Zimmer score served to take you out of your everyday life and plunge you directly into the world of Dune from start to finish.

If you're looking to bed-in with your favourite character, however, think again as most of your faves are extremely expendable.

With epic battle scenes and dazzling landscapes, there’s no denying that the IMAX is the best way to watch the film, which is a truly immersive experience from beginning to end.

A word of warning for Zendaya fans however: those expecting to see lots of the star should get ready to be disappointed. For the most part, the actress spends her time in the dreams and visions of Paul Atreides, played by Timothee Chalamet. And when she does finally enter the action, she barely says anything. However, what she does offer is a a mysterious and captivating performance that's bound to continue and strengthen in importance by the sequel.

Though brutal with some of its plot choices, Dune is simply brilliantly beautiful from start to finish and leaves us eagerly awaiting its next instalment.

Who is the director of Dune?

The Oscar nominated-director, Denis Villeneuve, who also helmed Blade Runner 2049, is the director of Dune.

Villeneuve also produced the film with Mary Parent, Cale Boyter and Joe Caracciolo, Jr. The executive producers are Tanya Lapointe, Joshua Grode, Herbert W. Gains, Jon Spaihts, Thomas Tull, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert.

Zendaya in Dune
Zendaya stars in Dune. Picture: Moviestore Collection Ltd / Alamy

Who stars in the cast of Dune with Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya?

Dune stars Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name, Little Women), Rebecca Ferguson (Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, Mission: Impossible – Fallout), Oscar Isaac (the Star Wars franchise) Oscar nominee Josh Brolin (Milk, Avengers: Infinity War), Stellan Skarsgård (HBO’s Chernobyl, Avengers: Age of Ultron), Dave Bautista (the Guardians of the Galaxy films, Avengers: Endgame), Stephen McKinley Henderson (Fences, Lady Bird), Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming, HBO’s Euphoria), Chang Chen (Mr. Long, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), David Dastmalchian (Blade Runner 2049, The Dark Knight), Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Netflix’s Sex Education), with Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling (45 Years, Assassin’s Creed), with Jason Momoa (Aquaman, HBO’s Game of Thrones), and Oscar winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, Skyfall).

What happens in Dune?

Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides, the son of a noble family who is entrusted with the protection of the galaxy's most vital element: spice.

Radio X was lucky enough to be among the critics who watched previews of the film and we can confirm that it's a visual treat.

Fans can expect sumptuous landscapes, epic battle scenes and a beautiful score courtesy of Hans Zimmerman, plus some interesting casting choices to boot!

What are the reactions to Dune so far?

Get some of the reactions to the film here:

Dune is released in cinemas on 21 October 2021 2021 by Warner Bros. Pictures

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