DUNE has been considered by many to be one of the finest works of human imagination and since being published 1965, the world of DUNE has been a special place for millions, including me. Since the 1970's, there have been several major attempts to bring DUNE to the big and small screens with a film finally coming in December of 1984 and the Sci-Fi Channel Miniseries in 2000. Only one other DUNE title has been brought to the visual media with Sci-Fi Channel Children of DUNE miniseries in 2003. Both have been marked by odd production, casting, and theme choices. DUNE is a hard book to bring to screen due to the complexity of the subject matter and the universe. For years there have been rumors and failed attempts of another DUNE production. Finally, the man and mind behind the epic and heartbreaking BLADE RUNNER: 2049 was given the helm to ride the worm and bring DUNE to the 21st century audience with a stellar cast. As a DUNE fan since the 1980's, I was beyond excited to finally have another DUNE movie besides the oddity that is the 1984 DUNE. I witnessed DUNE 2021 at an a Dallas IMAX theater on November 3rd and here is the FWS review:
BLADE RUNNER 2049 being injected into DUNE 2021 along with improved scale and scope of the world of DUNE forging a grand adventure worthy of the words of Frank Herbert. One of the cool elements for a DUNE fan is that 2021 film includes the visions of Paul's possible paths of destiny, the battle languages, the desert mouse, the coming Jihad, the seed myths of the Sisterhood to the Fremen, proper ornithopters, and even the Still-Tent! Then there is decision to break the book into two films, which was a smart move to allow the unfolding of the story and the journey of Paul Atreides into Muad'Dib with the gift of time.
How Does DUNE 2021 Compare to DUNE 1984?
The 1984 film was how I was introduced to the world of 10,191 and it served as my imagination foundation for the world of DUNE. I've seen the 1984 DUNE over a dozen times and in all of the major cuts of the film. I think it is only right to compare the 2021 film to the 1984 original. For some of the major characters, like Lady Jessica, Paul, Chani, and Duke Leto; we have much talent in both films and what is interesting is that the actors take different angles on the characters. The Lady Jessica is more like a mother to Paul in the 2021 film than in the 1984 film with the 1984 Lady Jessica is more Bene Gesserit with the calm appearance and emotional control.