Dune, 1984

7 January 2007

Having recently come out as a sci-fi lover (having been addicted to classic science fiction novels and of course Gene Roddenberrys’ original Startrek for sometime now) it is only fair that I be up to speed on David Lynch’s contribution to the genre…

I while back I watched Dune, it’s an early David Lynch film and, I think, the first big one for Kyle MacLachlan, you’ll know him as the detective Dale Cooper on Twin Peaks, and Jeffrey Beaumont from Blue Velvet. The plot seemed fairly complex (but aren’t they all when you’re living in 10191 and people are living on planets covered in sand where there has been no rainfall for generations..?) pretty early in the piece the protagonist, Paul Usul Muad’Dib Atreides (MacLachlan) is manifest as a chosen one… I loved the aesthetic, the characters and the special effects are also pretty cool for the 80s, although the riding the worm scene is not so convincing. Another must see, I’m still to check out the mini series, the Children of Dune, but I’m not holding out much hope they’ll live up to the feature film.

I was also pleased to discover that I am actually from Dune

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