Eyes full of stars, arms full of thunderstorms.
Having waited two years to get back to the theatre experience, my wife surprised me with a private screening of Dune with friends and family for my birthday. In no way did this disappoint.
Beyond just a welcome and safe return to one of my favourite pastimes, Villeneuve’s Dune is amplified by that “big screen, big sound” setting. Not just for the visual scale, but also the sound. The soundtrack is really present where it needs to be, with pounding…
An example of why horror movies are worth considering beyond “cheap thrills” and titillation. An average drama about a divorce can describe the act and the events before and after, but a horror film about a divorce is about how it feels to go through a divorce. There’s layers of meaning here, but I believe most of it is in service of conveying that feeling; being overwhelmed by different emotions, lashing out at a third party, trying to rationalise the…
I admit, the subtext didn’t click with me immediately until after I’d sat with the movie for a bit. It’s all there though. The exploitation by the film industry. The way Jupe’s previous encounter with animal violence mirrors the Haywood’s. A banger second act with several top-tier horrifying set-pieces, but a bit of a shaky landing in the drawn-out third.
Extra five stars for the Akira motorcycle slide!
Horror × 52 (2022)
Released in 2022