Science Fiction in the Spotlight

Dune makes it big

Emma Velasco, staff writer

With an enormous box office debut, the new movie starring Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya, Dune, based on the 1965 science fiction novel by American author Frank Herbert, is one to watch.

Although the plot is one that is moderately difficult to follow, it pursues the protagonist Paul Atreides, and his journey to save the world in his house’s name. Because of its complexity, many viewers found it confusing.

“I think that the plot of the movie overall was good, interesting and would keep you on a cliffhanger and it keeps you entertained,” freshman Ina Esquijarosa said “At some moments the going back and forth of the different characters was confusing.”

On the other hand, the visuals and cinematography of the film were exceptional. Filming took place in various locations including areas in Budapest, Jordan, Norway, and Abu Dhabi.

“The visuals of the movie were amazing. The use of a real set, rather than green screens, allowed for a more immersive film,” freshman Caterina Arner said.

Another characteristic of the movie itself was its audio and music, which was composed by Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer. It created a feeling as if one was submerged into the actual world of Dune.

History teacher Andrew Hart recounts his overall experience watching the film.

“The film was visually spectacular on the IMAX screen. I thought the film did a good job taking a dense book and bringing it to a general audience without too much narration or outright lecturing of the main ideas found in the world building of Dune. I would highly recommend seeing this movie on the big screen as the soundtrack and cinematography make for an incredible moviegoing experience,” Mr. Hart said.

Overall, this film is one that could be compared to those of the Star Wars series, and Star Trek. It is a timeless movie, which will be watched over and over for years to come.