Fans and critics are concerned about Dune and its feature length, but the director confirms it’s what he wanted.
One of the most anticipated sci-fi flicks, Dune, was featured at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)and was met with a great response from the audiences who made it to the festival. The film has recently been released for the public in theatres on October 22, 2021. It was also made available on HBO Max for those who wanted to view the film at home due to COVID-19 restrictions in various cities. It’s amazing to see how the entertainment world is slowly recovering from the pandemic as the box office numbers for Dune were astounding. According to Box Office Mojo, the movie has made over $41 million dollars domestically and over $200 million dollars worldwide.
Many Dune fans and critics were concerned about how the director, Denis Villeneuve, would choose to tell the story of the planet, Arrakis, based on Frank Herbert’s novel of the same title. Of course, many were scared that this 2021 version would just be another disaster like the 1984 adaptation. Luckily enough, the consensus seems that this newer take was a lot closer to what book readers and audiences wanted.
The main issue that many fans of critics found was with the facing, feeling that many scenes could be extended to add more details to the story of Dune. The runtime of the theatrical release was 2 hours and 35 minutes and rumours have been floating around that the film was supposed to be 3 hours long. A lot of this was spurred by Aquaman star, Jason Momoa, who mentioned wanting to see the full version of Villeneuve’s vision for the movie.
“It was a cool movie. You know what they need to do? They need to make the four-to-six hour version of the first half. It’s like, ‘Let’s watch the four-to-five-hour movie like a TV show; I can choose when I want to watch the whole thing.’ I want to see Denis’ whole vision. I don’t want it to be trimmed.”
CGMagazine was given the opportunity to interview Villeneuve and Dune actor, Rebecca Ferguson, earlier in October. The conversation about the film and which cut audiences will see on-screen confirmed that the film that’s out in theatres and streaming on HBO Max is the director’s cut, and it’s the version Villeneuve wanted to put out. Villeneuve stated in the interview, “…I love [Jason Momoa’s] enthusiasm, but the cut he is talking about doesn’t exist. So, I could have made a longer movie, it would have been easier to make a four-hour movie. But it’s just that the movie I was dreaming to do, that was the line I was aiming for, and that’s the movie I brought to the world.”
The director didn’t leave anything up to interpretation other than the truth that is there isn’t a 4-hour version or other cut of the film. So, don’t expect a Zach Snyder cut of Justice League scenario to appear later on. Of course, there’s a lot more books in Herbert’s Dune series, so hopefully Villeneuve will return, and fans can see the master plan of his work come together as he has successfully setup with this iteration.