> Anyhoo, not recommended. Or if you've read the book, to be actively
I concur; I didn't read the book but I did see both this 2021 version
and the Lynch version. It's been a while since I saw the Lynch version
so I'll try to remember the story details but I'll probably get some
of them wrong.
I didn't care for either version because both versions seem to me to
share the same major underlying story flaws -- it seems to me that the
whole of the story is making a big deal of a minor changing of the
guard. We watch how an empire passes control of a valuable and limited
resource (spice from planet Arrakis) from one family/house to
another. Both the old boss (Harkonnen) and new boss (Atreides) are
wealthy empire apparatchiks.
I didn't see the new boss as worth celebrating (like the the end of
the Lynch version indicated). I never got a clear sense that life for
spice workers or for Fremen toiling under the Atreides family (either
father Leto or son Paul) went from being horrible to being much
better. Therefore I wasn't emotionally moved when Arrakis was handed
off to Atreides or when Paul became emporer. If clairvoyance is what
one gains from being the Kwisatz Haderach (the messiah, which Paul
also becomes), I don't understand why one would also need or desire to
become emperor. It seems like the clairvoyance alone is worth way
Dune requires way too much time to tell a dull story which offered no
characters or plot lines I could identify with, was told almost
without regard to the lower classes (even while basing much of the
conflicts around class struggle), and was peppered with magic (which I
took to be lazy writing).
I won't be seeing more Dune. I'm done with Dune. For me it's not the
case of Dune being too difficult to translate into a movie, it's a
case of Dune not being worth the effort of translation.