Denis Villeneuve’s highly-anticipated adaptation of Frank Herbert‘s Dune made it’s international debut late last week at the Venice Film Festival. Lost in the incredible glamour of the red carpet was the fact that, for the first time ever, audiences have now seen this long-gestating epic in its entirety. The crowd for Dune‘s premiere was a mixture of accredited press and random public moviegoers with quick trigger fingers; of course, there was a review embargo in effect for a day or so after the premiere, but that didn’t stop Hot Taeks from leaking online. Let’s take a look at the early online reviews from random internet people! tw-align-center
#Dune is the spectacle it promises to be.
Some sequences move very slowly. Some move quickly and are tremendously engaging.
Gorgeous sets and costumes. Top-notch world-building. Hans Zimmer’s music is brilliant. It’s insanely ambitious and very artistic. pic.twitter.com/NsU1cuwv3e
— BD (@BrandonDavisBD) September 3, 2021
Ok, cool. That sounds pretty promising.
I’ve watched #Dune & it’s among the most immersive moviegoing experiences I’ve ever had w/ a sci-fi film. There is masterful filmmaking on display here. When paired w/ its big, monstrous sound, the film wondrously transports you to a new, exciting, horrific yet beautiful world pic.twitter.com/Z0oNUJbiNE
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) September 3, 2021
Man, that sounds pretty cool…Erik Davis writes for Fandago, so he knows what he’s talking about. Okay, how about another one:
— Robbie Collin (@robbiereviews) September 3, 2021
“Completely shook and stunned me.” High praise from a dude that writes for The Telegraph.
Denis Villeneuve’s Dune is the best possible adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel.
— GameSpot (@GameSpot) September 3, 2021
Gamespot, whose name admittedly implies a videogame-centric expertise, says that it’s basically a flawless film. In all fairness, however, not everybody liked it:
— IndieWire (@IndieWire) September 3, 2021
These people are tasteless cretins. Let’s see what the collective at Rotten Tomatoes has it sittin’ at:
87%? Good enough for us. The Nerd Nexus staff await their press credentials for a pre-screening.
After a more-than-one-year wait, Dune is set to finally premiere in United States and HBO Max on October 22.