This weekend one of the most anticipated films of recent years, Dune by Denis Villeneuve, finally arrives on the big screen. However, there are still many doubts about whether it should be seen in theaters or on streaming. Here are some strong arguments to help you decide.
Since last year, producers announced that Dune was going to be released simultaneously on movie theaters and streaming services. Director, Denis Villeneuve voiced his displeasure: “Frankly, to watch Dune on television, the best way to compare it is to drive a speedboat in the bathtub. To me, it’s ridiculous. It’s a film that was made as a tribute to the big screen experience.”
The conundrum about seeing Dune in theaters or on HBO Max’s streaming platform opened up the conversation about the future of movie theaters and the value of public spaces; most importantly, it has raised the question of whether they are worth preserving.
Indeed, we are still in the middle of a pandemic, but the reality is that with the opening of public spaces, as well as massive events such as concerts, given the circumstances of low caseloads and vaccination, perhaps it is time to feel again all the excitement and experience that a movie theater gives us.
Here are the reasons why you should watch Dune in the movies:
Guillermo del Toro recommends it
If there is anyone we trust blindly when it comes to cinema, it is Mexican director Guillermo del Toro’s opinion. After watching Dune, he didn’t hesitate to express on which side of the debate he is. Del Toro stated that the best way to enjoy Dune is in the movies.
“IF you want to see DUNE this weekend, I urge you to see it in a theatre because its visual and auditive awe deploys full power in that situation. And, yes, I loved it and admire it.”
It is the movie of the year
Dune is not only one of the most anticipated films in the past years, but also the critics are raving about the sci-fi movie and it is expected to be a global phenomenon both for the sound experience, great cast and hopes to generate a global phenomenon.
Dune tackles an intergalactic plot of conquest, in which we will see Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya command a great cast in a blockbuster that aims to relaunch the sci-fi genre.
The film adaptation is one of the most complicated ones
Dune is a classic, which represents a great challenge since Frank Herbert’s literary work is one of the most difficult pieces to bring into film. It is said that the epic space story that revolutionized the science fiction genre defeated the directors who have tried to adapt it into a film, such as David Lynch and Alejandro Jodorowsky. Still, everything seems to indicate that Denis Villeneuve succeeded.
It is the beginning of a new saga
Denis Villeneuve accepted that he is hoping to explore the world of Dune on film and that he could have a trilogy: “There is the second book of ‘Dune,’ ‘The Messiah of Dune’, which could be an extraordinary film. I’ve always seen that it could be a trilogy, then we’ll see. It takes years of work. I can’t think of going further than that.”
Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya’s on-screen chemistry
As if the above reasons weren’t enough, what better than to see the new faces of Hollywood cinema Zendaya and Timotheé Chalamet. They are under everyone’s radar, and the chemistry they transmit is just out of this world.
Translated by María Isabel Carrasco Cara Chards