Opinions are somewhat divided, like this paper diverse :
Dune He deserves five stars for his construction, and about two and a half stars for his plot. If you compare it to David Lynch’s disastrous 1984 adaptation, it might look like a masterpiece. [la majeure partie de l’histoire est désormais compréhensible]. And for about an hour, the movie turned out to be rather charming.
American Indiewire, which specializes in the cinematic genre, reported a
Despite Villeneuve’s impressive vision, the latter seems to have forgotten why Frank Herbert’s science fiction work deserved such an epic spectacle. These are the pitfalls when faced with a production so large that not even a director can see beyond his sets.
British daily independent He was more excited:
The Dune de Villeneuve is a sandworm that emerges from the hidden darkness. It is a film with such a literal and emotional breadth that it overwhelms the senses. If all goes well, the film should revitalize the book’s legacy in much the same way as the trilogy. the Lord of the Rings by Peter Jackson done for the work of JRR Tolkien.
the magazine Vanity Fair He is disappointed with an adaptation that he does not consider to be much superior to David Lynch.
Villeneuve can’t help but polish everything down to something extremely glossy and hard to touch. […] Perhaps the source novel, with its endless glossary of terms describing places, peoples, religious traditions, and political systems, was too dense to be modified into an intelligent cinematic object. The film is rather strenuous and rushing at the same time; Bursts of narrative exposure and context setting resonate around the monolithic action scenes.
daily Watchman He received the highest score for the feature film of the Quebec filmmaker, noting that
Dune It reminds us of what a Hollywood blockbuster could aspire to. Implicitly, his message engraved with broad strokes in the sand, Denis Villeneuve’s great epic tells us that big-budget shows don’t have to be dumb or hyperactive, and that it is possible to introduce a serene spectacle between two explosions. […] Dune Dense, lively, and often sublime – the missing link between multi-cinema and arthouse cinema.
Finally, Glenn Kenny, chief critic of the niche site rogerebert.com, admits that he was pleasantly surprised.
To say I wasn’t a fan of Villeneuve’s previous films would be an understatement. But I cannot deny that he provided here more than a satisfactory quotation for the book. […] And while Villeneuve remains probably one of the filmmakers’ most lacking in humor, the novel is no picnic either. So we must applaud the fact that Villeneuve made lighter observations of the script.