I was lucky enough to get a chance to go to Leicester Square tonight and see the IMAX Dune preview event.
We were treated to the first ten minutes of the film, the sandharvester scene, lots of extra footage, music and actors talking about the production. There were words from Director, Denis Villeneuve, and then the new trailer.
Oh my God! This film looks huge. The visuals are massive; they spill over the edges of the screen and inspire absolute awe. The sand worm is the best CGI creation I think I have ever seen. You can almost feel the earth trembling as it approaches, helped by Hans Zimmer’s wonderful score. In his words, he has tried to experiment with newly invented instruments to give the sense of the otherworldly, combined with the constant of the human voice. The ornithopters are perfect, the other ships are incredibly well-designed and some share a similar aesthetic to that in Arrival.
What I saw of the cast lived up to all my expectations. David Dastmalchian’s Piter De Vries remains the one I have not seen much of, but what I have seen is downright evil-looking. The costumes look fantastic and the actors seem to embody their characters really well. I love what they’ve done with the Voice.
It was good to see some dialogue that is not in the book – a nice bit of banter between Paul and Duncan – and a new scene on Caladan at the beginning of the film to give some exposition in a very grand way.
I don’t want to give anything away about what I saw. I only want to say that this film looks MASSIVE. It truly looks like Villeneuve has captured the feel of the novel brilliantly. I can’t wait to see the whole thing now, and I recommend that you see it on the biggest screen possible. You can’t watch this on your phone.
Thanks for reading. Let me know what you’re looking forward to about the film in the comments. I got to give some feedback on camera for Warner Bros. afterwards so I might even turn up in some promo somewhere. Who knows?