nad 🔪’s review published on Letterboxd:
“I will face my fear. I will let it pass over me and through me. And when it has passed I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where it has gone, there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”
to be frank (not herbert), this is hugely disappointing for a david lynch film and only somewhat works as an adaptation of the novel which I just finished reading recently. the transcendental, blurring narration of the text offers a key theme that the director usually conveys so richly in many of his other works but you can tell how stifled his vision here is. it does convey a sense of its vastness but fails to tie it into the enlightening whole and further loses out on the experience of the complex religious and political systems (largely neglects the Bene Gesserit as a foundation) to the same rushed execution of cramming this story into a single film. pretty sure if you haven’t read the book it’s hard to make real sense of many of the in-world concepts introduced on the go-by. great cast however, and getting patrick stewart for gurney halleck is a galaxy brain move. love that.
I hope Denis Villeneuve’s version takes its time ruminating on things because the narrative simply begs for a slower pace to build its epic with this visceral angle tied to Paul’s viewpoint.