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Oct 23rd 2021 at 9:18:49 AM •••


  • Darker and Edgier: Compared to the 1984 adaptation by David Lynch. The 2021 film is rated PG-13, but the fights are more intense and bloodier than the Lynch version. The overall tone is murkier, due in part to the muted color palette, and the character deaths are far more emotional and impactful. You get a greater sense of how dangerous and treacherous Arrakis is this time around.
    • The Harkonnens, especially the Baron, aren't played for laughs half the time like in the 1984 version.

This seems to be a bit of a judgment call, and I'm not seeing it. The original movie had Spacing Guild slugs with vagina mouths, the Baron intentionally cultivating pustules on his face, and a scene where the Baron pulls out a sex slave's heart plug so that he can grope him while he dies. There's none of that perverse creepiness in the new film, so I'm not sure this version can be called Darker and Edgier. I'd call it more serious and dignified. Also, whatever the final ruling, the entry should follow Example Indentation.

Edited by CaptainCrawdad
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