reviews that complain about Dune being bleak and humorless make me want to throw myself against a brick wall.
Dune is not for everybody. there are many people who won't enjoy it, many who will think it's weird and strange, and whatever. and that's fine. there plenty of valid criticisms of the movie out there, but sweetheart, this ain't one of them.
hollywood's obsession with making mass profits off of movies that passively amuse and entertain people has brainwashed most of the movie-going population into thinking that all good sci-fi/action/adventure movies must have comedic overtones, and that humor is the only way to engage with a movie and its characters (looking at you marvel). i laughed maybe TWICE during the entirety of Dune and i was more invested in the characters and the story than i was with the last three star wars movies.
Dune is a political-thriller space opera. it's an EPIC. it's bleak because jihad and exploitation are its central themes. inserting comedy into the film would have been an enormous disservice to the story and its themes.
we finally got a blockbuster movie that's refreshingly innovative and unique and y'all are whining because it doesn't fit your expectations based on years and years of consuming formulaic, action = humor media. i am going to scream.
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Paul meeting Chani for the first time.
"Paul swallowed. The figure in front of him turned into the moon's path and he saw an elfin face, black pits of eyes. The familiarity of that face, the features out of numberless visions in his earliest prescience, shocked Paul to stillness. He remembered the angry bravado with which he had once described this face-from-a-dream, telling the Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam: "I will meet her."
And here was the face, but in no meeting he had ever dreamed." - Dune (1965)
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