twin-b wrote:Happy (for now)
Dune is the only Lynch film I've never seen. As I am in the midst of one of my strongest Lynch-phases ever, I have felt recently (for the first time) that I have to see it. Anyway, I was able to buy a copy online for $4 today.
Now, whether I'll be happy after watching the movie may be another story.
So, I watched Dune yesterday. Note that I have not read the book... but the movie wasn't nearly as bad as I expected it to be. Instead of finding the story incomprehensible I thought it was fairly straightforward, rather simple really (too simple?). After a few minutes I did turn on the subtitles because I wasn't catching all of the names and pronunciations. I'm sure this helped quite a bit in figuring out who was who. The acting seemed less than stellar and the special effects were indeed sad in places but I enjoyed the Lynchian touches. I just read Roger Ebert's review and he said, "It took DUNE about nine minutes to completely strip me of my anticipation." I think the first 9 minutes or so were my favorite (set-up, navigator visiting the emperor, etc). It felt very much like a Lynch film at that point. I couldn't help but think of Star Wars and draw parallels to it. Too bad Lynch didn't/couldn't have had Industrial Light & Magic working on Dune. And I really would have liked to be able to see Lynch's version of Dune. I can definitely see where he could have taken it to great places (or at least better places) with a longer running time and creative freedom.