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1----* SugarWiki/AwesomeArt: Some who enjoy the prerelease title card have praised it for spelling out "DUNE" with characters that look very similar.* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: ** The first trailer concludes with an [[ epic choral cover]] of "Eclipse" from ''Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon''.** The legendary Music/HansZimmer is in charge of the soundtrack and with the tracks, [[ "Paul's Dream"]] and [[ "Ripples in the Sand"]], being released early, you can definitely feel that he really took the desert vibes from the book by heart. *** Zimmer created an album called "The Dune Sketchbook" as a sort of means to explore what he came up with for the final score. The [[ House Atreides theme]], with bagpipes and a booming orchestration, is a perfect fit for a regal ruling house.* FightSceneFailure: The movie follows the original novel's rule that personal shields stop high-speed attacks while being easy to penetrate by slower hits, but the choreography gets quite inconsistent with this through the film. Paul and Gurney are forced to grapple in order to slash slowly (there are even pellet bullets that slow down by themselves so they can pierce shields), yet Duncan is able to smash through shields with regular-speed strikes left and right, to the point it's possible to forget how shields are supposed to work altogether by the point the Harkonnen attack happens.* GeniusBonus: It might be unintentional, but the casting of the Spaniard Creator/JavierBardem as a space bedouin in a story with heavy Arabian elements doesn't lack irony, as [[UsefulNotes/MoorishSpain Spain was an ancient territory of the Umayyad Caliphate]] until the UsefulNotes/SpanishReconquista christianized it. Bardem's mother was even born in Seville, Andalusia, where the Muslim conquest had its main influence.* JustHereForGodzilla:** As the adaptation of a cult classic novel, by a [[Creator/DenisVilleneuve cult sci-fi director]], ''[[Film/Dune2021 Dune]]'' obviously has a built-in audience, but beyond that, many viewers come for the actors, especially Creator/{{Zendaya}}, Creator/JasonMomoa and Creator/OscarIsaac. The movie's marketing anticipated that, putting their characters front and center with Creator/TimotheeChalamet's and Creator/RebeccaFerguson's, who both have considerable more screentime than the rest of the cast.** And then there is the nearly literal Godzilla: some viewers are just there for the sandworms.* MemeticMutation: ** The AllStarCast has led to jokes about Creator/ChristianBale playing [[SandWorm Shai-Hulud.]][[note]]Specfically Bale "outdoing himself" with yet another [[DyeingForYourArt dramatic physical transformation]] for a role.[[/note]]** [[ Putting]] [[ "Sandstorm" by Darude]] in the trailers is also a popular joke.** Creator/{{Zendaya}} is Chani.[[labelnote:explanation]]The release of [[ character posters]] in July 2021 quickly led to the poster for "Zendaya [[ActorIsTheTitleCharacter is Chani]]" becoming an extension of the "Zendaya is Meechee" meme spawned by ''WesternAnimation/{{Smallfoot}}''.[[/labelnote]]** Russian Internet seems to enjoy cracking jokes about [[ the band of the same name]], who used to be popular in the nineties (and, for what it's worth, got inspiration for the name from Frank Herbert's book). One of the more popular jokes goes like this: "Are you coming to see Dune (Duna)?" "Are they still performing?". * TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Rabban is a character with a great deal of potential, given that he's a sadistic despot who nevertheless has moments of surprising intelligence and competence. But the movie, largely like previous adaptations of the book, omits these moments, with Rabban thus reading as a generic villainous brute--which is especially unfortunate given how Creator/DaveBautista's [[Film/BladeRunner2049 previous collaboration]] with Creator/DenisVilleneuve demonstrated that he has the acting abilities to sell how Rabban is more than a "muscle-minded tank brain".* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Overall the movie was a very faithful adaptation to the spirit of the book, but unfortunately it did not include Idaho's OffscreenMomentOfAwesome when he fooled the Harkonnens into shooting a shield with a lasgun, resulting in a small nuclear explosion that wiped out much of their forces. Notably due to the fact that the "never shoot shields with a laser" rule is never mentioned in the film.* UncannyValley: We never get a good look of the creature in the Baron's throne room, but its spider-like appearance does not make it particularly creepy. The fact that each limb looks far too human however, does. The servants in the Harkonnen court, who all have glossy, hairless and stark white skin and solid black eyes, also look like mannequins come to life.* WTHCastingAgency: As if Creator/PatrickStewart from [[Film/Dune1984 the 1984 film]] wasn't too handsome for the supposedly "ugly lump of a man" Gurney, the 2021 film casts Creator/JoshBrolin, who is even more handsome.----


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