Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck and Timothee Chalamet as Paul Atreides. Chiabella James / Warner Bros. Pictures
During the theatrical and HBO Max release of the new science epic -fiction by Denis Villeneuve Dune is still three months away, a handful of Imax theaters in the US are hosting a special two-day Dune event. This presentation reveals au audiences the first 10 minutes of the film, plus 15 minutes of related material and the movie trailer , released Thursday.
I attended this event myself. Here's what you need to know to prepare for the opening night. Culture
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UPCOMING SPOILERS: From this point on, it will be difficult to talk about the experience without spoiling the movie, so if you don't want to not spoil details, stop now.
Everything revealed at the Dune Imax event
This 30 minute presentation is designed to be a preview of the film and contains the following:
- The first 10 uninterrupted minutes of the film.
- Comments from the actors on their experiences in the film and how they hope the audience will appreciate it.
- A scene later in the film.
- A brief remote conversation between Denis Villeneuve and Hans Zimmer on the score and choice of background audio.
- Excerpts from the film to keep the conversation going.
- The first trailer for Dune.
Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson seem in a bad mood on planet Arrakis. Chiabela James / Warner Bros. Pictures
1. The film is obvious
L 'Dune universe is a lot. The scale of everything is ridiculous, its rules more than a little weird, and you could probably spend the time it would take to see this movie in its entirety breaking down the galactic politics leading up to the opening scene. that we saw during this event. But instead of holding your hand through all of author Frank Herbert's backstory, this movie puts you right in the middle of it all. You get a brief explanation from Chani, played by Zendaya, why the planet Arrakis matters, how ru thless the Harkonnen family, and that suddenly they are gone. There is a question about who will be the new oppressors of the native Arrakis, the Fremen, and then you are immediately taken to the bedroom of royal descendant Paul Atreides, played by Timothee Chalamet, and his story begins.
As a fan of the Dune universe, I loved it. No hands-on, no background, only 60 seconds of introductionon and off we go. I wouldn't go so far as to say it sounded like the intro you get in the book, but the feeling of being immersed in something that looks incredibly big is familiar.
2. The characters' special abilities are amazing.
I'm grouping all the different special abilities that you see in the Dune universe as powers for the purpose of making this point. In all of the different scenes included in this preview, we see Paul using his voice over his mother Lady Jessica and assassin Thufir Hawat using his Mentat ability, and there is one-on-one combat with personal shields. Spectacularly, none of these things looked or felt like I had imagined. In each case, what I saw on the screen was even more impressive.
The unique audio choices that represent the Voice, the way Thufir's eyes instantly turn white while qu it's processing information and the skin-close shimmer of a personal shield made me so excited to see more of everyone.
3. Hans Zimmer 'invented ' new instruments for this film
This was a fascinating detail of the conversation between Villeneuve and Hans Zimmer. The legendary composer said it was strange that epic space movies were always marked with music that sounded decidedly earthly, so he sought to find new sounds to help demonstrate just how alien these planets really are. He didn't elaborate on how he invented these new sounds, but in the example scenes he certainly nails an oddity into the score.
Zimmer also relies on vocals, especially when one of the nuns Bene Gesserit is on screen. Singing above or soft-spoken women singing in the background immediately brings a sense of power and dread to their scenes, which is appropriate given all that they are capable of.
4. All the vehicles I have seen were perfect
I have seen many versions of Dune vehicles on TV, in movies, and in video games throughout my life, and I have never seen Never felt that any of them matched the deions in the books. I'm not sure the vehicles in this new Dune movie are what I have in mind either, but they are undeniably the coolest versions I've seen so far.
Dune de Villeneuve ornithopters are more dragonflies than a bird in their design, but they do a great job moving more like an animal than a ship, which was the point. in the books. These small crew ships were always meant to fly more naturally than mechanically.
The scabbards are often described as "like an ornithopter but bigger ", maThis is not what you will see in this movie. They don't look bad at all, but they don't look like larger versions of the main vehicle.
The Spice Harvesters feel really huge in this movie. Their size, even though one is entirely consumed by a giant sandworm, is incredible.
Finally, the Spacing Guild Heighliner doesn't look like a spaceship anymore, and it's awesome. The scale of these ships has often been lost in previous movies and shows, but this version helps show just how insanely large they are.
Look at this caseting! Warner Bros. Pictures
5. Those blue and blue eyes
There has been a lot of talk about whether the Fremen ey are enough. In the past, their eyes have always been presented on screen as a shining, piercing electric blue. While it looks awesome, I never felt it did justice to the way the eyes are depicted in the books. In fact, Ibad's eyes are described as blue in the blue with no white at all. I think it's presented more realistically in this movie. It seems more plausible that the blue is intense but not unnatural.
And believe me, on the big screen, blue is blue enough to add intensity when needed.
Dune hits theaters and HBO Max on October 22nd and honestly, it's too far. Every moment of what I saw last night was amazing and left me wantingr more. It was put together well and now that the trailer is out on the internet, I hope everyone is even half as excited as I am to see the first part of this epic story come to life.