Could Dune Be the Sci-Fi Movie of the Decade?
Having entertained readers for over five decades, Dune has an enormous fan following whether that be through the readers who delve into the books or earlier cinema explorations. When it was announced that director Denis Villeneuve, responsible for some great suspenseful movies like Blade Runner 2049, Arrival, and Sicario, there was certainly a lot of excitement. As a director he has shown that he is capable of delivering some fantastic sci-fi experiences, alongside the gripping slower directing style that presents a lot of information without huge cuts and chops throughout. Despite the few delays it has experienced, it will now release a little later this year – it will be amongst the entertainment options like these for example which have moved online, and part of the trial period for box office to launch straight to digital outlets, but could it become one of the defining sci-fi hits of the decade?
It certainly has an incredible cast and the capacity to do so even for those who may not be familiar with the source material – Timothée Chalamet has shown his incredible talent time and time again particularly back in 2019 with his leading role in the Netflix movie ‘The King’, with a somewhat similar slow-paced approach to a very serious role, fans will know what to expect. Zendaya will co-star alongside him after some incredible performances in the most recent Spiderman movies and award-winning role from the TV series Euphoria too. The list doesn’t end there with other names like Rebecca Ferguson, Jason Momoa, Josh Brolin, Oscar Isaac, Stellan Skarsgard, Javier Bardem, and Dave Bautista too. It’s a huge cast, full of incredible talent, and will only go to help the movie succeed.
The visuals shown are absolutely stunning too, modern movies have shown just how advanced visual effects can be and it had often been an area for disappointment in older movies particularly when watching back now, and it’s something that will be welcomed for previous fans and newcomers alike – seeing the realisation on screen of the giant Sandworms will be a huge moment, and will help to build the world further and deliver on something that has made recent sci-fi hits like Interstellar as big as they area with a seamless transition and inclusion of these big VFX.
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The movie is almost certainly going to be huge, and will likely go on to be a massive box office hit – will it be one of the biggest sci-fi hits of the decade though? Early thoughts seem to point toward a resounding yes, but only time will tell, and with the release now so close, you may as well start preparing the popcorn for a night at the cinema or a night on the sofa.
Garon Cockrell is the Founder and Editor of Pop Culture Beast and host of The Pop Culture Beast Show. He founded the site over seven years ago to have a place on the internet to write about the things he loved. Since then, Garon has become a best-selling author (Demonic and Other Tales), an award winning screenwriter (Best Screenplay 2013 Motor City Nightmares Film Festival), and a cast member on the top rated podcast, Never Not Funny.