On Sun, 24 Oct 2021 03:55:38 -0000 (UTC), Lafe <la...@lafes.invalid>
> wrote in
>> On Friday, October 22, 2021 at 9:34:52 AM UTC-6, Paul S Person wrote:
>>> I'll be adjusting the price I am willing to pay to rent it ...
>>> But I'm sure I'll see it eventually.
>>> "I begin to envy Petronius."
>>> "I have envied him long since."
>> Fortunately I have HBO Max so I can see it for free, still your reviews
>> don't leave me with much hope. And unlike most everybody else I
>> actually liked the Lynch version.
My daughter has a crush on Timothee Chalamet, so she got HBO Max
specifically to watch this movie and talked me into watching it with
her. I've read the book a few times, mostly trying to figure out why
so many other people rave about it. For me, it's one of those "I can
respect it but don't really like it" kind of books.
>I liked the Lynch version well enough, though I wasn't a huge fan of it.
>And I have read the books.
>I thoroughly enjoyed this adaptation.
Same here. About this one - I thought the Lynch version was Mystery
Science Theater material.
>My memory of the many details in the books is quite fuzzy, but I didn't
>have any trouble following the "flash-forwards".
Again, same here. They weren't really flash forwards, they were
visions and dreams that Paul was having, and I no trouble telling them
apart from the real-time action of the movie. They were usually in
slow motion or had a different color tone...or just obviously weren't
what was happening right that moment.
>It certainly wasn't (and can't be) perfect at replicating the book, but it
>didn't detract from the experience at all for me. I thought the sound,
>music, and cinematography was very well done, and the acting was generally
>above average, and in some cases truly excellent.
My major gripe is the same as most modern movies (especially sci-fi
for some reason) - half the movie was too dark to see what the hell
was going on. There's a scene towards the end with one of the
sandworms where I turned to my daughter and said "I bet this would be
really impressive if you could see ANYTHING right now."
>I think it's well worth your time to see it.
Agreed, especially for fans of the book. It's well done enough that
I'm looking forward to watching the second half when it comes out.
After we watched it on Saturday night, my daughter tried to talk me
into going to see it in a theater on Sunday (despite having a big
screen TV and surround sound set-up at home). It would probably
benefit from a theater-sized screen, but I wasn't wild about the idea
of sitting in a Covid stew for two and a half hours. So we
compromised and watched it again on HBO Max and I liked it even better
the second time.
Speaking of subwoofers, my minor gripe is that super-loud
"ba-rooooommmmmmm" noise in the soundtrack that has become another
cliche of sci-fi movies. That's getting a little tired. Other than
that though, I thought the soundtrack music was really good.
The acting was a little flat, but better than I expected given some of
the other reviews I've read. And I'll take understated and subtle
over melodramatic and over-the-top any day.
Best result of the movie - my daughter asked to borrow my copy of Dune
and asked if there were any other sci-fi books I'd recommend.