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Dune: Part Two

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This week, we finally discuss the release and reception of Dune: Part Two, directed by Denis Villeneuve. After a delayed release and somewhat botched streaming strategy with the last film, Warner Bros. gave the sci-fi epic another chance to spice up the box office. But does Dune: Part Two fulfill the prophecy of that last film and Frank Herbert's 1965 novel?

Dune: Part Two opened in theaters on March 1. It was directed by Denis Villeneuve, who co-wrote the screenplay with Jon Spaights. The film stars Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, Charlotte Rampling, and Javier Bardem, Austin Butler, Florence Pugh, Christopher Walken, Léa Seydoux, and Souheila Yacoub.

Our intro music this week is “Tarantino Margarita” by l’eupe.


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Discussion Points: 

  • Unpacking the backstory of these movies
  • The delayed release and why streaming too soon didn't work
  • The Chosen One Trope and how it's subverted
  • Our general takes on the film and if it's "fulfilling"
  • Christopher Walken's performance...yay or nay?
  • Sandworms. That is all.
  • Adapting Dune to make it more accessible...
  • Why we care about Paul Atreides
  • What makes the film immersive and "weird"
  • Villeneuve's passion for this story
  • The ideal theatrical experience and impact of the music
  • What will Villeneuve do next?
  • Rotten Tomatoes Game: What do critics and audiences generally think?
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