'Dune: Part Two' Fulfills the Prophecy of 'Dune'

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The 2nd portion of Denis Villeneuve’s Dune adaptation, efficiently titled Dune: Part Two, contains a azygous statement that is arsenic overmuch astir fans of Frank Herbert’s book arsenic it is astir its protagonist, Paul Atreides. It’s delivered by Chani, Paul’s concubine successful Herbert’s caller and equal/skeptic successful Villeneuve’s meticulously crafted reimagining. “You want to power people?” Chani says, rhetorically. “Tell them a messiah will come. They’ll wait. For centuries.”

Dune acolytes didn’t person to hold for centuries, but nan anticipation for a well-executed, religious adjustment of Herbert’s 1965 book is nan worldly of legend. Chilean head Alejandro Jodorowsky tried and grounded to make nan movie successful nan 1970s. David Lynch made one successful nan ’80s that’s a campy classical but struggles to enactment coherent. Sprawling and intricate, Dune’s pages transportation an all-but-unfilmable weight. Unfilmable to anyone but Villeneuve.

Except, successful Villeneueve’s eyes, Paul isn’t a messiah. That’s nan trick. Dune: Part Two fulfills nan prophecy of what Dune tin beryllium alternatively than what it was. For years, nan Dune caller has been treated, by directors, and galore readers, arsenic a hero’s journey—the quest of a young man successful a unusual onshore who saves nan group of nan resource-rich satellite Arrakis, nan Fremen, from overseas norm while moving retired immoderate Freudian issues on nan way. Swap successful Luke for Paul and Darth Vader for Baron Harkonnen and it’s Star Wars each nan measurement down (though Dune did it first). No tension, conscionable a blink of soul struggle, and past Paul—the messiah, nan Lisan al Gaib—rides to nan rescue connected nan backmost of a sandworm.

Dune: Part Two, picking up wherever 2021’s Dune near off, buffs retired nan white-savior sheen of that telling of nan story. Instead it presents Paul (Timothée Chalamet) arsenic a feline alert that his leader position is conscionable nan consequence of decades of myth-building by his mother, Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson), and nan Bene Gesserit (basically, abstraction witches). They’ve been promising nan Fremen a savior for years, and erstwhile Paul arrives and Stilgar (Javier Bardem) starts yammering connected astir prophecies fulfilled, Lisan al Gaib whispers to his mom, “Look really your Bene Gesserit propaganda has taken root.”

Jessica’s role, for illustration nan 1 of Chani (Zendaya), has acold much dimensions successful Dune (the movies) than it did successful Dune (the book). Villeneuve told maine this deepening of womens’ perspectives would hap backmost earlier he moreover released nan first installment. He wanted equality betwixt nan genders, and for Harkonnen to not beryllium a caricature, for illustration Ursula connected a way-worse powerfulness trip. “The book is astir apt a masterpiece,” he said erstwhile I said to him successful 2021, “but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect.” Its heteronormative patriarchal shortcomings provided abstraction for him to explore. Chani now fills nan domiciled of warrior who refuses to front to her fellow and doesn’t bargain nan messiah bullshit. Paul, arsenic my workfellow Jason Kehe truthful succinctly put it erstwhile connecting nan dots between Dune and Burning Man celebrants, goes “into nan desert, becomes a messiah, and ends up a goddamn monster.”

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