The Dune Trailer: Reaction

The first official trailer for Denis Villeneuve’s trailer went up yesterday. I couldn’t wait to see it when I heard a couple of weeks ago that it was finally going to be available.

Was not disappointed.

I was planning to see it anyway when it premiers in December (assuming that theaters are a thing we can do in December……………), so it’s not like the trailer was having to convince me of anything, but…

Dude.

Yes, I just said, “Dude”.

I don’t often say that.

It was easy to be skeptical when it was announced that a new Dune film was in the works. The David Lynch film was baffling, while SyFy did a credible enough job with their miniseries, but both productions failed to fully capture to scope and scale of the book. But I didn’t think there was anyone out there who really could. Dune is weird and complex and full of ideas that are difficult to translate to the screen.

But then it was announced that Denis Villeneuve was going to direct, and my fears were allayed. I have loved everything I’ve seen of Villeneuve’s. I mean, he managed to make a new Blade Runner movie that captured the mood, tone, and theme of the original Ridley Scott film. And Arrival, which deals with complicated ides of communication and time was completely brilliant. So I have full faith in his ability to bring Dune to life.

Then they started announcing the cast:

  • Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides
  • Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica
  • Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto Atreides
  • Zendaya as Chani
  • Sharon Duncan-Brewster as Liet Kynes
  • Stellan Skarsgård as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen
  • Javier Bardem as Stilgar
  • Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho
  • Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck
  • Charlotte Rampling as Reverand Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam

Those are the main stars, though some characters like Princess Irulan aren’t listed on IMdB yet.

But the trailer!!

There isn’t very much dialogue in it, save for the scene between Paul and the Reverand Mother that opens the entire story– the test of the Gom Jabbar.

We see flashes of Caladan, Paul’s fighting skills, and his arrogant assumption that the Atreides are powerful– his father, Duke Leto owns a planet and is getting a richer one. The Reverend Mother assures him the Duke will lose both. Then we go on to see scenes of combat in the desert, and the Reverend Mother’s voiceover speaks of a legend:

“One day a legend will be born. All of civilization depends upon it”

The scenes of combat continue until we hear a voiceover from Paul. He’s reciting part of the Litany Against Fear:

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. When the fear is gone, only I will remain.”

Then we see two little figures desperately running away from some giant thing rising from the desert sand. The final shot of the trailer is one of the giant sandworms of Arrakis, and it is awe-inspiring. Even on my little computer screen.

I can’t wait to see it on the big screen. I desperately hope I’ll be able to see it on the big screen.

Y’all, I’ve been a fan of Dune since I was twelve years old. My excitement level for this film is on par with what I felt while waiting for the Lord of the Rings films in college. This trailer is just making me even more excited to see it, whether it’s in the theater or on my own TV at home. I can’t wait for December 18.

Source: Collider

P.S. The song playing in the trailer is a cover of Pink Floyd’s ‘Eclipse’, the last song on their album, The Dark Side of the Moon. I think it’s perfect. It’s also an interesting throwback (if throwback it is) to the fact that Pink Floyd would have done the music for the first Dune film had Alejandro Jodorowsky been the one to make it.

17 thoughts on “The Dune Trailer: Reaction

  1. That is a great looking trailer. Gives hope for the movie. I enjoyed the earlier attempts, but I agree, they didn’t capture the book. Granted, I don’t usually expect a movie to capture the book, but it’s nice when it gets close. It’s been so long since I’ve read it, though, I don’t remember all that many details, so it’d probably be easier for me to enjoy the movie now. I’m considering doing a reread soon, but perhaps using the audiobook this time. Did you read any of the other books in the series? Dune is all I ever read.

  2. From what I could see in the trailer, the little details are right from the book. I can tell pretty much where every frame is coming from in the story, and it makes me happy. 🙂 Villeneuve’s visuals are just brilliant. I really think he’s going to be able to capture the essence of the story. And I think Timothee Chalamet is going to be great as Paul, so was always an inwardly-focused character.

    I’ve read the first three books. I got partway through book four and never finished it. I can’t remember why. I own them all. I need to read those last few.

  3. So exciting! I admit I hadn’t been following the Dune news very closely, so had no idea that Jason Momoa is in it — an added bonus. 🙂 I loved the books way back when, but it’s been SO long. The trailer makes me want to do a reread! (Gotta say, though — the Lynch version is worth it just because of Sting.)

  4. Oh, wow… Sting in Dune! As Feyd Rautha! *lol* I’m planning to rearead Dune some time soon, and then get to the rest of the series after that. I’ve read the first three and part of the fourth, but I’ve never finished the whole series. I think Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho is a fantastic choice.

  5. I agree with you that this trailer is stunning. Having not read Dune (though I will soon!), but knowing the vague semblance of the plot, I’m impressed. I didn’t realize the incredible scope of this tale.

    Though… I don’t feel like the Pink Floyd song fits. I found the lyrics unintelligible and distracting compared to everything else that was happening. I would have done with a lyric-less song to accompany this trailer. I mean, now that I’ve stopped and recognized what the song is, I get the symbolism here. But it was still distracting.

    (PS – You mislabeled Oscar Isaac. He’s Leto Atreides, right? His son is Paul?)

  6. Thanks for catching my error! I have fixed it. I was giddy while writing, so I didn’t really look back through.

    Dune is huge! It’s the sort of story that has a history behind it, which is generally only obliquely referenced by the characters. They live in the world without explaining it to the reader (except for the quotes at the beginnings of the chapters, which are “taken” from various in-world histories), which is one of the things that makes a world feel vast. There’s also a lot of politicking and philosophy (but without the characters stopping mid-stride to pontificate). Dune is big and weird, and that’s most of why I love it so much.

    I liked the Pink Floyd song, personally. 🙂 The lyrics go right along with the story.

  7. I always enjoyed reading fantasy that starts with quotes from the histories. The Wheel of Time does this, too. Texts from the Age of Legends helped me understand scope, to your point. But I also liked trying to find parallels — as the wheels turns as the wheel wills, so inevitably time will repeat itself in some way. I’ll be paying attention to that as we read Dune for sure.

    So. Excited. To. Read. It.

    My husband keeps making fun of me because he found Dune tedious and a slog to read. But he has enjoyed the media adaptions. He likes the world and the plot a lot!

  8. So glad you’re excited! The quotes give spoilers for the main points of the story, so if you want to be surprised by what happens, maybe don’t read the quotes at the beginning of each chapter.

    And while I can understand why people might think Dune is long-winded, I don’t agree. I think the politics and philosophy are fascinating. And the dinner scene is so expertly written! If you go into it expecting a big adventure, it’s going to be disappointing, because while there are big set pieces focused on war and battle, that’s not what the while book is about.

  9. The hype I have around this movie is unreal! Ever since I learned about Villeneuve’s role as director on this supposedly two-movie series, I was beyond excited! The man is one of my favourite directors of all time (on top of being a fellow Quebecer that brings unintentional pride hahah). The trailer sure didn’t fail in meeting and exceeding my expectations too. I’m really glad to have got around to reading the first book this year. Not sure if I should check out the rest earlier rather than later though. I feel like the first book works well as a stand-alone tale! 😮

  10. I’m really excited for this movie, although I’ve never read the books or seen the original movie. Now that I know there’s a new version coming out, I guess I will have to make it a priority! I’ve heard so many good things about Dune so I’m pumped. The trailer looks so good!

  11. The original David Lynch movie is…. something else. David Lynch actually disowned it because there was so much studio interference. And while is bears a resemblance to the original plot, the tone and themes and everything else are so different. I definitely recommend the book, though. It’s amazing. Weird and not likely to be what you expect, but amazing.

  12. Thank you! That’s really helpful to know as I’m aware of the original dune movie but not anything else about it haha. I’m definitely going to be picking up the book though! The plot sounds really different from what I’m used to and I hear everyone talking about the sand worms.

  13. I’m into that. I would rather read about dinners and politics than war and battle. This is why I am the only member of my book club who loved The Goblin Emperor. They all wanted a sweeping story, but we ended up with court drama. I loved every moment.

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