Dune ★★★★

Absolutely no clue how this is gonna play to people who aren't familiar with the book and it's wavelength OR unfamiliar with it only being half of a book, but generally I kinda loved this and feel like it captures the tone and pace perfectly while still boiling it into a modern blockbuster package. In spite of any hopes I might have to see this era of fantasy rendered in outlandish colors and designs far more fantastical than this, I still think it is, on its own, gorgeously realized. Dune is stark, densely verbose, and borderline operatic so I don't see anything wrong in translating it to this huge and shiny piece of hollow grandeur. If modern Zimmer can be slotted onto anything without ruining it I feel like it would be this, making it really loud and often droning for the sake of the vast shapes, stretching across the unfathomable desert and vacuous spaces. Unrelenting in making you understand how assured it is in its own mythic importance. I still am not convinced Zimmer is the BEST pick here and nearly anyone else could have brought more emotion, theme, restraint, etc, but I think his tics can still lend more here than something else, and there is nice instrument variety/soundscapes. (Anything with this many bagpipes on and off screen is heroic)

I do not think though that I could really fault anyone for finding this slow, overdramatic, greyly dull, and droning. It's borderline acquired taste (and I don't mean that in a sly way of "you just don't know how to appreciate it") There's something about this that is, at least to me, so thoroughly and domineeringly captivating. It's truly maximalist in frame and soundscape. I never say this because while I value the theatrical experience extremely highly and watch like 5+ movies a week in a theater, I understand the desire to just avoid that and watch at home or whatever, on top of how rote, cloying, and silly going "you have GOT to see this in a freaking theater!!!!!" is. This though truly feels like something that is aesthetically elevated substantially when it's projected enormously in front of you, with sound that shakes your eardrums like sand. (Zimmers score has moments where it's comically oppressive and loud over nothing, but when it's experienced physically rather than just audibly, it makes a difference) On a computer screen with earbuds it's probably twenty times easier to be annoyed it isn't more colorful or visually inspired or sensibly soundscaped.

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