The Spice Must Flow…
finished reading dune a few weeks ago. i’ve waited to post anything because i wanted to watch the david lynch movie, as well as the sci-fi miniseries from a few years ago, just to compare. so here are my thoughts.
not a fan. sorry. i know thats heresy to some of you, as dune is considered a masterpiece of science fiction. genre defining if you will. don’t misunderstand, i certainly understand its influence and impact. i mean, its obvious that lucas straight up lifted certain ideas from it for star wars. jedis = bene gesserit. but to me, it suffers from many of the same ailments as the lord of the rings (yes, more heresy). the world is so dense as to be borderline impenetrable. herbert refers to objects and uses terms as if they’re commonplace, with little to no visual description, save for the entries in the glossary (which i didn’t realize was there until my second attempt). this probably served him well long term, as he wrote 5 sequels, not counting all the stuff his son wrote. not that i’ll ever know cause i’m never gonna read any of it. there were whole pages, though, where i found myself glossing over the words because i had NO FUCKING IDEA WHAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT.
sigh. sorry. guess i just need to stick to pop-up books.
hah! seriously? for starters, i’ll refer to this list from topless robot of the top things added to dune for no reason. the acting was terrible, the casting was bad, and the plot was nearly indecipherable. and i actually read the book. i felt sorry for katie. she had to have been utterly lost.
the tv series
i actually held out a bit of hope for this one. i had heard it was fairly accurate in terms of the novel, and i’d have to agree that, for the grand total of 45 minutes that i actually watched it, it was.
though the casting visually looked better, the acting was much worse, as were the effects, despite being made over 15 years after the movie. yes i know it was a tv series made for sci fi, but that doesn’t excuse shitty anti-aliasing on renders and bad compositing. one of the outdoor shots looks like it was lit in someones living room. the vast desert of arrakis looked to be about 20 square feet.
and the costumes. oh god, the costumes. everything was way, way over-designed, and the colors looked like peewee’s playhouse in technicolor. it was like a bad 1970’s scifi serial.
i think its time another shot was given to this property. theres some great stuff in there. it just needs someone who can do what peter jackson did with the lord of the rings. someone who can distill it down to its essence, get rid of the extraneous bullshit, make us care about the characters, and make a cool ass space movie.
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