What I was saying about movie adaptations of beloved books. Maybe it's the "action hero" excuse (a narrative we all accept without question; that's another issue for another time). More likely it's the matter of exposition. "Giving water to the dead" is a key point of world-building in the book, which is on a planet that is one giant desert. The natives wear "still suits" to recapture the moisture of their bodies (ALL the moisture, including the nose and, well....you get the idea). It's a key issue that Arrakis, a/k/a "Dune," is DRY!
Also I kind of felt like they chickened out of doing the “Usul gives moisture to the dead” scene because our taboos against a action movie hero crying are more severe than the Fremen’s— TryingToHelpHat (@Popehat) October 26, 2021
Monday, October 25, 2021
Monday Night Criticism
Usul is the protagonist. His first kill is in a duel with a native (Fremen), and he weeps at the funeral, which amazes the other Fremen. It's a key scene in winning their hearts and minds, as he leads them to revolution and justice (which is pretty much just another form of oppression, or damned near). It also impresses Usul/Paul with how important water is on this planet. But if this movie is divided in two (the novel is practically War and Peace in length and scope) I'm guessing that scene comes near the end (and before the revolution), or too damned early, lopping off lots of exposition needed at the beginning of the story.
This is Lord of the Rings territory, except Herbert didn't conveniently divide it into three books which could be three movies (and even then we lost Tom Bombadil altogether). Dune could easily be three movies; but I understand the second half is planned, but not approved yet.
So I'm going to satisfy myself with Wes Anderson's new one (you love him or you hate him), and wait for "Dune" to hit my home screen.
Posted by Rmj at 8:31 PM