Team Old Spice: David Lynch’s 1984 ‘Dune’ is more entertaining than the new sci-fi epic

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spoiler ALERT! The following contains mild spoilers for the new “Dune,” so be careful if you want to go cold.

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At the risk of offending the Bene Gesserit and the brotherhood of at least two or three giant sandworms, the original 1984 “Dune” film is a more entertaining watch than the new one.Dune

Hear me out: I’m not on a wholesome spice journey quite like Kyle MacLachlan in that first movie three decades ago. Director Denis Villeneuve’s latest adaptation Frank Herbert Sci-Fi Classic comes asOne of the most awaited movies of 2021 with awesome visuals. David Lynch, who directed the ’84 version, called his film “total failure“Which is a bit harsh.


Both films centered on Paul Atreides (MacLachlan in ’84, Timothy Chalameta ’21), a young man from the noble house Atreides who relocates with his family to the desert planet Arrakis, where spice – a natural resource that can give humans extraordinary abilities and also makes interstellar travel possible – is mined. goes. there is a huge conflict between the heroes and Villain’s House Harkonen, as Paul finds himself allied with the Freemen, the indigenous people of Arrakis.

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Villeneuve’s “Dune” is a highly ambitious work that touches on religion, gender dynamics and colonialism; Lynch’s “Dune” is crazypants and a kind of campy hoot. But here’s what makes OG a little funny:

1984’s ‘Doon’ is actually a complete film

The new “Dune” only adapts the first half of the book, and ends with Paul meeting the Freeman woman Chani (Zendaya), whom he had been dreaming of before he arrived.Arakis. (We’re all waiting to see if there’s actually a sequel results in( old) a: two hours, 17 minutes; new: two hours, 35 minutes), Lynch’s film has a definite beginning, middle, and end.

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Kyle MacLachlan stars as Paul Atreides and Sean Young Chaney in David Lynch's 1984

oz movie know you need an explainer

Herbert’s novel is dense in terms of worldbuilding—and it was a huge influence on George Lucas’ original “Star Wars.” Villeneuve’s film creates a visually arresting scenario, though slowly explaining who is who and what is going on. Lynch took a more direct approach: Virginia Madsen (who plays the daughter of the Emperor of the Known Universe) shows up quick to explain everything from the cosmic setting and various factions to why spice is a thing. (Plus, there was an actual emperor in ’80s “Dune”—played with connivance by Jose Ferrer—while he’s talking in the new movie right now.)

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Old Baron Harkonnen is the greatest villain of all time

new movie, Stellan Skarsgard is hiding Under a bunch of prostheses as the brutal, large and in-charge villain Vladimir Harkonnen. He’s more quietly intimidating, while the 1984 Baron — played by the late Kenneth McMillan — is a murderous psychopath by comparison. He also has oozy, pus-filled blisters on his face, his snorting henchmen ooze and, when not killing random service people, he flies around in his space armor madly. But none of this is something you want to bring to mom’s house.

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British actor and singer Sting played the villain in David Lynch's film

whatever is doing sting kinda rocks

Lynch’s supporting cast includes everyone from Sean Young (as MacLachlan’s Chaney) and Max von Sydow to the “Star Trek” star Patrick Stewart. The most appealing acting choice, however, is stoic-to-shred Sting as Fayed Routha, Baron Harkonnen’s power-hungry nephew. The character doesn’t appear in the new “Dune,” though that may be because he has plans for a sequel—or simply because it’s impossible to follow what Sting is doing here, hunting and snuggling and Quite easy with a knife.

Kyle MacLachlan Rides a Sandworm

If Villeneuve gets to do another “dune” and end his epic, we’ll probably see Chalamet riding a giant sandworm. But will it be as good as MacLachlan driving a chorus and rock guitar playing one? Doubtful. (Toto and Brian Eno promoted the soundtrack for Lynch’s “Dune” to add another win to its column.) In addition to Jason Momoa’s touching bear hug on Chalamet, the new “Dune” nothing.

Meanwhile, mostly because Lynch’s film actually reaches a major climax, there’s a lot of gratification to go along with the more outlandish aspects, including a mutated alien that looks like it’s an old “Doctor Who”. ” Floats on the set of the episode and a little girl looking like Batman, using “The Voice” (“Dune” – speak for the same power as the Force in “Star Wars”).

So in short, fear is not a mind-killer. This is what tells you that the original “Dune” is a bad movie.

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