The end of the dunes explained and how the movie sets up a spicy sequel
The main thing you need to know about the ending of the new Dune movie is this: there isn’t one. The 2021 adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novels is actually, so it goes halfway through Herbert’s book and then it … stops.
OK, so it’s a little more complicated than that.is a “cinematic sci-fi tour de force, a starry but deeply bizarre fantasy epic,” so here’s a closer look at what happens in the climax of the star-studded adaptation of Dune, and how it sets up a planned sequel. Spoilers are heading your way like an angry sandworm exploding out of sand …
The film has been released in Europe and Asia for weeks since its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, and now Dune Part 1 is in US theaters, as well as streaming onIn this epic and masterful sci-fi saga, Duke Leto Atreides and his aristocratic family land on the silted world of Arrakis only for the previous occupants, the Harkonnens, to violently claim their all-important spice-mining operation. It is almost the end of the Atreides clan, but also a big step towards a larger destiny for Paul, the cheekbone descendant of Leto.
Played with soul by Timothée Chalamet, Paul had visions of himself in the Arrakis Desert, meeting a mysterious stranger who looks a lot like Spider-Man and Euphoria star Zendaya. As the film ends, Paul escapes into the wilderness with his eerily odd mother, Lady Jessica, and the film ends on a cliff ready for Dune Part 2. Frank Herbert’s original 1965 novel divides up pretty well ( ish) into two sections, and although film studio Warner Bros. has not yet confirmed immediately, Villeneuve wants to resume the second half of the book later.
Villeneuve’s version isn’t completely identical to the book: for example, he cut Harkonnen Feyd’s villainous character, memorably played by Sting in the David Lynch movie version in 1984. Lynch’s weird and much mocked movie told the whole story of the book, but with less depth than this new 2021 release.
By the end of the 2021 film, Leto is left behind, and if you’ve ever wanted to see Oscar Isaac naked and stiff as a board, you’re in luck. Leto is paralyzed due to the betrayal of Paul’s teacher, Dr. Yueh, played by Chang Chen. Yueh’s reward is being assassinated by Venal Baron Harkonnen, which means he won’t live to see Leto take advantage of the poison gas capsule the traitor slipped through his teeth. Leto’s last breath ends Harkonnen’s advisor Piter De Vries, played by‘s , but the evil baron uses his shield and zooms in on the ceiling. Bathed in a slimy black oil, the Baron, played by Stellan Skarsgard, lives to prepare his next move.
Meanwhile, among the victims of Atreides is Paul’s friend and mentor, beefy man of action Duncan Idaho. Played by Aquaman star Jason Momoa, Duncan battles a fierce squad of Sardaukar troops provided by a deceptive Emperor – though it’s not entirely clear why Jessica couldn’t use voice against them. attackers, or they couldn’t just have closed the heavy doors and fled. Either way, Duncan is clearly not showing up for the sequel, although Paul’s other teacher, Gurney Halleck, is not killed onscreen. If you’ve read the book, you’ll know it leaves the way for Josh Brolin to return to the proposed sequel.
As for Paul and Jessica, their beautiful escape delivers them to the sandy hands of the Fremen, the people of the Arrakis desert. Their leader, Stilgar, played by Javier Bardem, offers safety to the besieged pair, much to the dismay of his disciple Jamis, played by Roots andBabs Olusanmokun star. Jamis doesn’t believe the newcomers can survive the harsh desert conditions and burns with resentment against the outsiders, choosing a fight to the death known in the book as the Tahaddi Challenge.
It was here that Paul saw his visions begin to come true. He first meets the girl of his dreams, Chani (Zendaya, finally). Then, just like in her dreams, she gives him a Crysknife, the Fremen ceremonial blade made from the tooth of a sandworm. Paul introduces himself as Jessica’s champion and ultimately kills Jamis with the knife Chani gave him.
This is the first time Paul has killed someone, but with the Harkonnens still around, it’s unlikely to be the last. The fight allows Paul and Jessica to be accepted into Stilgar’s hideout, known as sietch. This is where they head as the credits roll and Paul looks into Chani’s bright blue eyes. Zendaya was only on set for four days, and if you’re wondering why she’s barely there, did I mention there has to be a sequel?
Considering this to be a story about galactic emperors, spaceships, and space witches plotting through time and space, the film seemed to build toward something more moving than a knife fight in a cave. Ending the story with an intimate emotional moment is a clever subversion of the usual blockbuster space battle, so Villeneuve deserves the credit for it. But when the movie is so drastically open, it would have been more satisfying to see at least some sort of resolution.
But if you’ve read the book, you’ll know there are still plenty of great revelations to come. Is Paul really Muad’Dib, the Kwisatz Haderach, the cosmic messiah of Dune? What is the significance of Paul’s visions of himself with bright blue eyes? Will he return to his rain-swept home planet, Caladan? Will he defeat Baron Harkonnen and face the scheming Galactic Emperor who sparked this death and destruction?
Only time and Dune Part 1 box office revenue will tell. If Dune is a hit in theaters and on HBO Max, then Warner Bros. will hopefully give Villeneuve the go-ahead to shoot the sequel over the next year or so, and hopefully we have a proper ending.
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