i think a lot of this crap is because they had to re-hype the movie due to the pandemic. this should have come out last christmas, they should all have oscars and they should be working on part 2 right now. bad germs, bad! i think ive watched over 20-30 different trailers for the movie already. there is also a rumor of a 5 hour directors cut. also in a cruel quirk of fate our one screen movie theater broke down and i hope they get it up and running again in time for the dune release, id hate to have to stream it, after all ive been waiting on this movie for well over a decade.
i kind of like the baron this time around. he is not an annoying like the old movie and not bland like in the miniseries and certainly not fruity like would have happened to orson wells in jordowski's dune (i know i didnt spell that right). keep him grimdark and sadistic which is the image i had in my mind when i read the books. they picked the perfect actor. i like to think of him as the big guy in prison who always gets what he wants, and then elevated to a position of great power. make giedi prime great again!
with regards to fruty i am glad they dropped the medieval attire . i like the militaristic atradies uniforms. i really like the spacesuit styled guild uniforms, at least that's what i think those are. idk why nobody ever thought of that before. these guys live and work in space most of the time so why wouldn't you wear your life support gear like the fremen. the fremen outfits look nice and utilitarian but it kind of has a superhero vibe (that codpiece) that i don't really like. dune is supposed to be a deconstruction of the superhero genre, sort of like watchmen (which is probibly why i liked watchmen when my usual attitude towards superhero films is usually meh). i guess they could be worse, the miniseries stillsuits that look like scorpion from mortal combat took his outfit to the cleaners and they used too much bleach, and the 80s ones looked like something you would wear to judas preist concert. i always felt like they should be bulkier as they contain heat exchangers and evaporators and i hope an entire wastewater processing plant. the bene gesserit are done like in the book, and i believe they are the only ones with a good literary reference to their appearance to go on and all 3 dunes they came out as expected (though the shaved heads and abilities of the first ones was definitely non canon).
but damn that soundtrack is something else. sometimes it seems like a throw back to the theme song for alien nation, with a little klingon opera thrown in. they even actually went through the trouble of coming up with lyrics in galach for their choiral arrangements. this is everything i like about scifi music. still cant wait to see gurney hallack jamming on his baliset. i kind of thought they should cast lemmy for this role so he could play ace of spades for liet kynes, but i guess that dream got shelved along with lemmy's hat and urn. i have to admit i did not hate toto's soundtrack for '80s dune, but this blows it out of the ballpark.
i love the vehicles in this movie too. the 'thopters are excelent. i mean sure the troop transports are kind of boxy. i mean they ride on suspensors so they hold altitude and decelerate slow and dont have to go through the usual heat of re-entry. the guild heighliner is something completely different, it looks more like the no-ship on the cover of chapterhouse. descriptions of space hardware are kind of vague in the book otherwise. so i guess they went with the only image they had. the big metal tube from 80s and the more detaled and i think more practical centrifuge design from the miniseries is out. and think about it, they have anti-gravity technology so it makes sense that they would also have anti-anti-gravity technology as well. some references (i believe the dune encyclopedia) do mention that they use torch ships like in the expanse, but this is really never mentioned in the books or shown. and since very little in the duniverse happens in space i can forgive them glossing over the space ships a bit. though special node i do like the imperial ship at the beginning, kinda has a union class (battletech) vibe to it (i almost expect an atlas to walk down the ramp, though i do have a fan theory that battletech and dune take place in the same universe crosspost from mwo board below if interested).
as for the flashbacks (forwards, prescience dude), i dont think you can tell the dune story without them. as for the dust, hell at least they are using practical effects and not being all cgi like the miniseries (worst sandworms ever) and you arent pan and scanning the concept art in lieu of a budget sufficient for modelcraft. as for the mentats, those are your computer nerds in lieu of computers. it will be interesting to see how they portray an unplugged society to a bunch of smartphone zombies.