SEVEN NIGHTS

DUNE 2

March 15 – 21

7 pm nightly
1:30 pm Sunday & Thursday Matinees

2024 — SciFi / Adventure
PG — 2 hr 43 min

Visually thrilling and narratively epic, Dune: Part Two continues Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of the beloved sci-fi series in spectacular form. What is really impressive about Part Two, is that despite how complex and like a miasma the plot becomes… the storytelling is so clear. The film explores the mythic journey of Paul Atreides as he unites with Chani and the Fremen while on a warpath of revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Facing a choice between the love of his life and the fate of the known universe, he endeavors to prevent a terrible future only he can foresee.

The word that will likely be used most often to describe the film is “massive.” Expect a whole lot of variations on the words “epic” and “spectacle” too. Whatever big words you apply to the result, Villeneuve undeniably did not approach Frank Herbert’s beloved sci-fi novel with modest aspirations, and it’s his ambition, along with the top tier of behind-the-scenes craftspeople with whom he collaborated, that have paid off in this superior follow-up to the Oscar-winning 2021 film. Villeneuve, a lifelong Dune fan who carved Paul’s Fremen name into his graduation ring, understood that message: the theme so cleanly following the Bertolt Brecht quote “Unhappy the land that needs heroes,” it’s seemingly echoed in the text as, “No more terrible disaster could befall your people than for them to fall into the hands of a Hero.”

Dune: Part Two has been compared to The Empire Strikes Back in the run-up to its release, and that’s not quite right. The better comparison is The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, another film that built on what we knew about the characters from the first film, added a few new ones, and really amplified a sense of continuous battle and danger. Like both films, a third chapter feels inevitable. Critics will have to come up with a new synonym for massive. Whether you think you’re interested in a sci-fi or not, this is a powerful and quite beautiful reminder of what a stunning medium cinema can still be, when enough ambition, intelligence, artistry – and money – all come together in the same place. Bravo.

Directed by:
Denis Villeneuve

Cast:
Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Charlotte Rampling, and Javier Bardem reprise their roles from the first film, with Austin Butler, Florence Pugh, Christopher Walken, Léa Seydoux, and Souheila Yacoub joining the ensemble cast.