Well, it really happened. For the second time, someone has made a film based on perhaps the most esoteric and labyrinthine science fiction novel of its time, “Dune” by Frank Herbert. And we have to ask ourselves, did director Denis Villenevue succeed where David Lynch failed and did he manage to make an entertaining and, more importantly, cohesive film from the source material?
May be. Critics have sent back quite mixed reviews, for example Steve Pond of TheWrap, who called it a “tremendous achievement” but also noted that it was “frustrating.” But by all accounts, Villenevue has not been touched by producers like Lynch, and all critics praise the visuals and ambition of the film. But you’ll have to wait a little longer to find out for yourself – this Friday, October 22.
But for those wondering exactly how to watch “Dune” (including where it airs and for how long), what it is, and where to stream Lynch’s 1984 adaptation, we’ve got the answers to these questions. below.
Is “Dune” streaming?
“Dune” will be available to stream on HBO Max, but only with the $ 14.99 ad-free monthly subscription plan offered by the streamer. As with other Warner Bros. COVID-era theatrical releases. Like “Wonder Woman 1984,” “Dune” will also only be available to stream on HBO Max for 31 days.
When is “Dune” leaving HBO Max?
“Dune” will be leaving HBO Max on November 21. So you better enter it before Thanksgiving.
Does “Dune” play in theaters?
Yes, “Dune” is getting a large theatrical release on October 22 alongside the launch of HBO Max, and that includes IMAX theaters as well as traditional screens. And while we think you should watch this where you feel most comfortable – the pandemic isn’t quite over yet – many critics have said it really should be seen on the big screen.
What is “Dune” about?
With Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya, “Dune” follows the story of Paul Atreides (Chalamet), a young man plunged into a galactic battle for control of the most important resource in the universe: “the spice”, which extends human life and improves cognitive abilities, and is found only on the desert planet Arrakis. The Emperor’s Paul’s father, Duke Leto (Oscar Isaac) ordered his family to be moved from the oceanic planet Caladan to Arrakis, after which an internal betrayal left Paul and his mother Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson) to defend themselves. They soon meet the indigenous free men of Arrakis, and Chani (Zendaya) – who becomes Paul’s love interest – enters the picture.
If you’ve read the books then you know things get much, much stranger after this. Billions of deaths, a space messiah, strange giant worms.
Villenevue directed and wrote “Dune” with co-writers Jon Spaihts and Eric Roth, but noted that “Dune” is only half the story. If “Dune” is successful, “Dune: Part Two” will advance with Villeneuve and Co. returning to adapt the second half of Herbert’s book.
Has “Dune” already been adapted?
Director David Lynch adapted “Dune” in 1984. Kyle MacLachlan stars in this version as Paul Atreides and Francesca Annis stars as Lady Jessica. Sting and Patrick Stewart play alongside them. Lynch’s adaptation of the classic sci-fi story has met with mixed reviews. Overall, viewers have come to love the 1984 version for its country side, and some wonder if Villeneuve’s adaptation can outdo it while still staying close to the original written pages.
Is the 1984 film streaming?
David Lynch’s adaptation of “Dune” is also available to stream on HBO Max. It’s also available on demand on HBO. For those who want to make it a double feature “Dune” and compare the two films, HBO Max is your go-to streamer.