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'Dune: Part Two': Is it worth seeing?

'Dune: Part Two': Is it worth seeing?

Usually when Lauren Chen reviews a movie, she’s forced to be critical due to the political propaganda and virtue-signaling that’ve come to define modern cinema.

However, “Dune: Part Two” is an outlier in that it’s “a good movie,” says Lauren.

“In fact, this is one of the best-made movies that I have seen in a long time. It is entertaining; it is beautifully made and acted,” she says, adding that the “level of care and dedication and ingenuity and attention to detail” put into the film is “not something that we see a lot from Hollywood” these days.

“In an age where it seems like every month ... Disney is trying to push some new Marvel film down our throats, it is just nice to see a filmmaker like Denis Villeneuve take his time and invest resources into making something as good as it could possibly be.”

The acting impressed her as well.

Timothée Chalamet, who plays the lead role of Paul Atreides, “is very quickly becoming one of my favorite actors,” says Lauren, noting that “in part two, he really is given the material to shine, and he absolutely steps up to the challenge.”

Austin Butler, who plays Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen, also “stood out” in his performance, which was “unsettling in a good way,” Lauren adds.

Florence Pugh, who stars in the more minor role of Princess Irulan, was nonetheless “great” despite not getting much screen time.

The only actors who left Lauren wanting were Chani, played by Zendaya, and Emperor Shaddam IV, played by Christopher Walken.

Zendaya’s acting “didn't leave me breathless,” and Walken just “[didn’t] fit in this movie,” she says.

But overall, the acting and the cast were strong.

That’s not to say the film didn’t have its shortcomings, however.

“There are some pacing issues,” Lauren says, adding that “there is probably too much time spent on Paul kind of chilling in the desert,” which were the “low points” of the film.

While Lauren acknowledges that “Dune” “is actually a book that took place over quite a long period of time,” in the film adaptation, “there was a lot of inconsistency over how much time was passing.”

“For certain scenes, time was almost moving too slowly ... but then in other cases, especially when action was involved, it was like things were moving too fast,” she points out.

Regardless of the movie’s flaws, “if you ask me, 'Is ‘Dune: Part Two’ worth checking out?' I would say the answer is absolutely yes, and I would even say go see it in theaters.”

To hear more of Lauren’s review, watch the clip below.

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