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Dune Part 2 – It’s all about the Score

Dune Part 2 on Regal IMAX screen

By Judy Shields

Paul Atreides unites with Chani and the Fremen while seeking revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Facing a choice between the love of his life and the fate of the universe, he must prevent a terrible future only he can foresee.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Present A Legendary Pictures Production, A Film By Denis Villeneuve, “Dune: Part Two.” The film is slated for a March 1, 2024 release in theaters and IMAX nationwide and internationally beginning on 28 February 2024, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Dune Part 2 is the best Sci-Fi movie the big screen has seen since 2001: A Space Odyssey.  When it opens, the royals, on orders from the universe’s emperor, are preparing to vacate their homhttps://www.dunemovie.com/e planet, a watery world called Caladan, to the parched planet of Arrakis, a.k.a. Dune. Thank you Denis Villeneuve for your epic follow-up, not to be missed!

Opening scene

Paul and Lady Jessica escape into the desert where they find uneasy allies in a group of Fremen, the planet’s Indigenous population.  Intro to Zendaya, who I believe is the one to watch, she did an awesome job, from battle, to eye contact and especially the sand dancing with Timothée Chalamet.

What would a movie be without the score, for me at least that is the truth. How can you go wrong with a Hans Zimmer score.  I read where Hans Zimmer continued to write music for Dune Part 2 before it was even going to happen, now that is a true writer of amazing scores for film.  I had no idea that Hans Zimmer and Dune star Josh Brolin had written a number of tracks together for 2021’s Dune.  You could actually just close your eyes for parts of this film and just listen to the score and you would still feel emotion and movement of the stars on the screen.

The sequel brings back several familiar faces: Josh Brolin as the Atreides loyalist Gurney Halleck and Stellan Skarsgård as the monstrous Baron.  Austin Bulter, unrecognizable and utterly creepy, plays Baron’s inept nephew, Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen.

Chalamet as Paul and Austin Butler, right, as Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen, the most striking addition to the “Dune” detachment. (Photo credit: Niko Tavernise/Warner Bros.)

So many great scene with action, magnificent visuals and special effects that at the end you want more!  The scenes with Chalamet first riding a worm in the desert was really good and later on to see more worm riding.  There was several passionate and dynamic performances between many of the characters. It was a rollercoaster of emotions, which movies need to have more of.  I really like the sand dancing scene between Zendaya and Chalamet.


The ships and all the machinery used in the film were way cool and made you feel like you were part of the action when you watch it at the IMAX screenings.

It was great to see Oscar-winning star of The Deer HunterThe Dead Zone and Pulp Fiction grace the screen as Emperor Shaddam IV.  Paul’s father (played in the first movie by Oscar Isaac) lost his life in the clash, and the Emperor has no words of mourning or comfort for his grieving son. “Your father …” Walken’s Emperor snarls, “… was a weak man.”  At that very point you thought okay Paul is going to stab him and we wanted that, but did we really?

Christopher Walken as Emperor Shaddam IV

Staring Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet (Wonka, Call Me by Your Name), Zendaya (Spider-Man: No Way Home, Malcolm & Marie, Euphoria), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning), Oscar nominee Josh Brolin (Avengers: End Game, Milk), Oscar nominee Austin Butler (Elvis, Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood), Oscar nominee Florence Pugh (Black Widow, Little Women), Dave Bautista (the Guardians of the Galaxy films, Thor: Love and Thunder), Oscar winner Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter, Hairspray), Léa Seydoux (the James Bond franchise and Crimes of the Future), Souheila Yacoub (The Braves, Climax), with Stellan Skarsgård (the Mamma Mia! films, Avengers: Age of Ultron), with Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling (45 Years, Assassin’s Creed), and Oscar winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, Being the Ricardos).

It is yet another new month, March 1st, so grab a friend, a loved one and the older kids and head to the movie theatre.  Try and watch it at an IMAX theatre, so worth the money for that ticket.

Release date: March 1, 2024 (USA)

Director: Denis Villeneuve
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Adapted from: Dune