‘Dune’ First Reviews Are In: ‘Out-Of-This-World’

Timothée Chalamet fans, sci-fi heads, Frank Herbert enthusiasts, and those who fall into all three categories have waited long enough: the first reactions for Dune are finally in. We’re pleased to report that early reviewers are not only praising the film, they’re calling it legendary. Time to peel through your spice rack for any leftover melange and saddle up for a journey to Arrakis, because Denis Villeneuve‘s adaptation is one you’re not going to want to miss.

Full reviews are still embargoed until later today when the film has its World Premiere at the Venice International Film Festival. Still, a lucky handful of critics got to see the film at its 8:15 a.m. press debut. These folks were allowed to share their opinions on social media, meaning we got a few hints as to what we can expect from the movie.

“Sometimes you just know when you’ve seen an all-time great,” tweeted film writer Awais Irfan. “And #Dune is, to me, an all-time great. Denis Villeneuve’s masterpiece is a sweeping symphony of spectacle, sound, and storytelling. A cinematic odyssey that is every bit as visceral as it is epic.”

Film critic Joshua Rothkopf went so far as to compare the experience to watching Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey for the first time. “I left DUNE shaking,” he shared. “This is how people seeing 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY back in 1968 for the first time must have felt. The grandeur of this thing is off the charts. However blown away you think you’re going to be, multiply it by ten.”

Talk about high praise! One more fun fact: apparently, the sound of the film is so loud that it was “shaking the entire bathroom that’s below the cinema it’s playing in right now.” If you’re going to watch this one at home on HBO Max, maybe alert the neighbors first.

Other streaming films debuting at the Venice International Film Festival include Netflix’s The Power of the Dog and The Hand of God, HBO’s Scenes from a Marriage, and more highly-anticipated theatrical hits.

Along with Chalamet starring in the film as a young Paul Atreides, Dune will star Zendaya as Chani, Stellan Skarsgård as Baron Harkonnen, Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica, Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto Atreides, Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho, Charlotte Rampling as Reverend Mother Mohiam, Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck, Javier Bardem as Stilgar, Dave Bautista as Glossu, Stephen McKinley Henderson as Thufir Hawat, Sharon Duncan-Brester as Dr. Liet Kynes, Chang Chen as Dr. Willington Yueh, and David Dastmalchian as Mentat Piter de Vries.

Scroll up to watch the official trailer for Dune, which will release simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max on October 22. The film will stream for free to HBO Max subscribers on the non-ad supported tier for 31 days before leaving the platform.

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