sian richards

Dune - Visually arresting, but convoluted and dull

One that was eagerly anticipated by me and my friends in the months leading up to its release. I was a big sci fi reader at the time, and I actually slogged through this pretentious book with forced enthusiasm based on the rave reviews from friends. I figured with David Lynch at the helm (I had recently seen ‘The Elephant Man’ and was pretty impressed with his credentials, although this was before I saw 'Eraserhead’) and a huge special effects budget, that this had a pretty good chance of being a huge movie event of the year. It had its moments of weird beauty (the scenes on the 'Harkonnen planet’ were creepily fun), but for the most part the movie was a huge mess, overlong, and with a lot of goofy voiceovers and confusing overabundance of backstory. Not sure if this is Lynch’s fault, or studio meddling, or (excuse the heresy) the fault of a bloated self-important book that is immune from a decent adaptation. Probably in the running for one of the worst films of the eighties.

1.5 stars out of 5

Released 1984, First Viewing December 1984


Ben Rudisin was born in Woodbridge, Virginia and trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts and with Houston Ballet II. Mr. Rudisin joined The National Ballet of Canada as an Apprentice in 2013 and joined the Corps de Ballet in 2014.