I’m a big Flanagan fan, monologues and all, so it was really cool to go back and see an early work of his. It’s a modest film that’s built entirely on tension and solid form rather than ensemble casts and big philosophical ideas. Cool movie! Not sure how I missed this one when it came out.
I’m overwhelmed. As a fan of the book, I couldn’t ask for much more from an adaptation of the first half of Dune. It is a lot of table-setting, but it creates the world(s) of Dune in such an incredibly tangible way and establishes the pieces that will be at play in Part 2 (fingers crossed). It’s half a movie, yes, but it’s half of a damn good movie. This is all in addition to being a technical marvel in every way you can think of. My eyes, ears and brain all hurt and it feels good, man.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This is a pretty so-so script that Fukanaga directs the absolute shit out of. A great Craig performance, a solid emotional core and just fucking electric action and visuals. It was one of those movie experiences where you geek out about all the awesome scenes on the drive home. There were quite a few: the Italy open, Cuba, the interrogation, the forest, the oner.
But back to Fukanaga. Fuck this dude. Super talented and handsome as hell?! Just not fair.