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REVIEW: “Dune: Part Two” exceeds expectations with a cinematic sandstorm

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On March 1, the sequel “Dune: Part Two” entered theaters surprising fans everywhere.

People of all ages flocked to theaters nationwide to see the highly anticipated sequel, “Dune: Part Two.” The cinematic sci-fi movie is a continuation of the movie “Dune” released in 2021. Both of the movies are based on the book “Dune” published in 1965 by Frank Herbert. 

“Dune: Part Two” has done much better than expected, doubling the domestic opening of “Dune.” In the first weekend it premiered, the Warner Bros. movie collected $82.5 million in North America. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, the cinematic masterpiece stars worldwide-known actors Zendaya, Timothee Chalamet, Austin Butler and Florence Pugh. The strong acting brings each character to life in the world of Arrakis. 

Renowned for its breathtaking cinematography, “Dune: Part Two” transports viewers to a realm dominated by vast expanses of desert, punctuated by towering dunes and the ominous presence of sandworms.

The movie starts where the previous movie ended, in the year 10191. The film centers around the evolution of its protagonist Paul (Timothee Chalamet). From his humble beginnings as a prince-in-waiting to his transformation into a formidable warrior, Paul’s journey resonates with themes of destiny, power and identity. Paul and his mother, Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson), traverse the treacherous sands of Arrakis alongside a band of Fremen, embroiled in a struggle for survival and liberation. 

“Dune: Part Two” captivates audiences with its intricate storytelling, drawing viewers deeper into the rich story of Herbet’s literary universe. Many fans are hoping for an anticipated third movie.

This movie stands as a testament to the fascinating genre of science fiction cinema, combining visual spectacle with thematic depth to deliver an unforgettable cinematic experience. With its stellar cast, masterful direction and expansive world-building, the film beckons audiences to embark on a journey into the heat of Arrakis, where the sands of fate are forever shifting and the destiny of worlds hangs in the balance.


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Sophie Herman, Staff Writer
Sophie Herman is a 2023-2024 Staff Writer for the Wessex Wire. She enjoys running, traveling, and listening to music.
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