Director Denis Villeneuve’s Dune has received praise for its stunning visuals, but which of its scenes showcase the film’s most beautiful shots?
Director Denis Villeneuve’s Dune is a stunning masterpiece that takes viewers on an epic journey in a completely new world. The 2021 film brings Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel of the same name to life with its stellar cast, brilliant writing, and of course, its gorgeous visuals.
From the vast deserts of Arrakis to Baron Harkonnen’s dark throne, the sci-fi movie’s most unforgettable scenes are often punctuated by haunting yet beautiful shots. These enchanting moments transport viewers to Dune‘s alien world, fully immersing audiences in the complex and dangerous political turmoil that the Atreides find themselves in.
Some of the film’s most captivating shots unsurprisingly appear in Paul’s perplexing visions. His dreams often show him the future, much like how he unknowingly predicts Duncan’s death at the start of the film.
Paul’s visions are full of images of a mysterious woman who viewers later discover is a Fremen fighter named Chani. Based on her deep connection with the protagonist and her role in the books, she has the potential to become one of the most powerful women in sci-fi movies. For now, audiences only know her as the enigmatic lady in the desert who dominates Paul’s dreams and later tries to save his life with her great aunt’s crysknife.
The deserts of Arrakis are not just deadly because of the intense heat. They have areas known as “worm territory,” which is exactly what it sounds like.
Giant sandworms are attracted to irregular sounds and rhythms on the alien planet’s sandy dunes. Paul and Lady Jessica are able to get up close and personal with one of the huge creatures at one point – it’s a moment that underscores just how gigantic the sandworms really are. There’s no telling if they could have survived this encounter if Jamis hadn’t activated his thumper and distracted the towering beast.