One of the most visually stunning movies of the year, Dune, has finally arrived, and it has created a lot of buzz on the internet. Furthermore, the movie is not only visually appealing but also has an amazing storyline. In addition to that, the movie even has fabulous music from one of the greatest music composers in the world. Yes, it is none other than Hans Zimmer, who is globally popular for his music on some of the greatest films in history like “The Dark Knight Trilogy”, “Interstellar”, “Inception”, “Dunkirk”, and many more.
Now we have another movie added to his list that has impressed the critics and the audience. However, these are not the only things that have caused a stir around the world. The ending of Dune has got many viewers in doubt and confusion. This is certainly not because they might not have understood the movie because it was very well written and directed. Although, there are always certain theories or doubts about movies of this scale and what does their ending mean for the future of the film franchise.
The director named Denis Villeneuve has directed the movie and did an amazing job on it. The movie first came out on 15th September 2021 in most of the international markets. Later on, it was released on 22nd October 2021 in the United States and the rest of the remaining regions as well. Dune has already managed to make around $225 million as compared to its production budget of $165 million. Although, it is still early to come up with a final box office number. Furthermore, the movie has also scored over 80% in terms of critics and over 90% in terms of audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
It is not a surprise that the most anticipated movie from Warner Bros. this year has such an ensemble cast. Starting with the lead role, we have Timothée Chalamet, who portrays the character named Paul Atreides. He is the son of Duke Leto Atreides, who is the ruler of House Atreides and the planet Caladan, portrayed by the popular actor Oscar Isaac. Whereas the famous actress Rebecca Ferguson plays the role of Paul’s mother named Lady Jessica Atreides. However, she is not married to Leto but is part of a sisterhood named Bene Gesserit that possesses exceptional powers.
Then we have Josh Brolin portraying the role of Gurney Halleck, who is a loyal aid to Leto and has trained Paul from childhood. Jason Momoa also plays a prominent character named Duncan Idaho, who is another loyal aid to Leto and cares about Paul a lot. Meanwhile, Stellan Skarsgård plays the villainous role of Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, who ruler of House Harkonnen. Dave Bautista portrays another villainous character named Beast Rabban Harkonnen, who is the loyal aide of Baron.
Then there is the popular actress named Zendaya, who portrays the character named Chani. Furthermore, there are other popular actors named Stephen McKinley Henderson, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Charlotte Rampling, Javier Bardem, and more. They portray the characters named Thufir Hawat, Dr. Wellington Yueh, Dr. Liet Kynes, Reverend Mother Mohiam, and Stilgar, respectively. Their characters have major significance in the movie as well.
The writers and the director have done an amazing job with the way they have depicted the story of the movie. Dune begins on a planet named Arrakis that is full of sand that possesses the most important substance called spice. Chani tells the story about the planet and how the Harkonnens have exploited the planet for spice and killed her people, the Fremen. They have become a lot richer in all those years of exploring the substance from the planet.
However, in a sudden turn of events, the Harkonnens are called back by Emperor Shaddam IV himself. The next thing we see is Paul waking up after having dreams of Chani. He sits with his mother on the breakfast table as she tells him about the arrival of the Emperor’s Herald. Soon we see the Herald arrive with the order from the Emperor that states House Atreides will take over as the new rulers of Arrakis. Duke Leto accepts the order and puts his seal on the order.
The next thing we see, Paul meets Duncan and tells him about his visions from Arrakis. He also tells Duncan that he saw him die in Arrakis and asks to go with him. However, Duncan denies Paul and tells him that he will see him there when he comes with everyone. On the other hand, Paul talks to his father about going to Arrakis. Although Leto denies it, too telling him the real reason the Emperor took away Arrakis from the Harkonnens and gave it to them. He tells him that by doing this, the Emperor is setting up a war between House Atreides and House Harkonnen, so it does not threaten his power.
House Atreides Arrives on Arrakis
We see Reverend Mother Mohiam arrive on Caladan to meet Paul. Jessica tells him that Reverand Mother wants to know about his dreams meanwhile, Dr. Yueh checks up on him to see if his heart is strong. Paul goes alone into the room, and Mohiam makes him kneel with her mid powers. She then tells him to place his hand in a box that will make him suffer pain, but he cannot pull his hand out, or she will kill him with the poisonous needle pointed at his neck.
He starts to suffer the pain, whereas Jessica feels it too from outside the room. However, Paul becomes strong and survives the pain while staring right into the eyes of Mohiam. Although, later, he hears Jessica and Reverand’s Mother talking about him being The One. The next thing we see is that House Atreides finally arrives on planet Arrakis with their force. Paul gets surprised by the chants of the people on the planet as they shout the phrase “Lisan al-Gaib”. Jessica explains to him that it means messiah in their language.
They settle on the planet, whereas Leto and Gurney discuss how they will have to ramp up the spice production or they will not survive there. Soon an attack is attempted on Paul from one of the spies of the Harkonnen. However, Paul catches the hunter, and the security discovers the spy in the walls of the kingdom. On the other hand, we see Mother Mohiam meet Baron Harkonnen as they discuss destroying House Atreides on planet Arrakis on the Emperor’s order. However, Mother Mohiam asks Baron not to harm Jessica and Paul.
Harkonnens Attack House Atreides: Did They Kill Paul & Jessica Too?
On Arrakis, we see Leto trying to execute his plan of aligning with the Fremen to harness the desert power. Duncan makes this possible as he is able to make contact with the Fremen and convince their leader Stilgar to meet Leto. Leto also convinces Stilgar that House Atreides is on Arrakis to make peace with the Fremen, and they both finally agree to the terms. Soon Dr. Kynes, who is The Judge of The Change, comes to meet Duke Leto. She is also the Imperial Ecologist and provides them with the Fremen suits to survive the heat of the planet as they go with her to take a look at how the spice extraction works.
However, things go sideways when the harvesting machine is destroyed by the giant desert worm common on the planet. Although, Duke Leto decides to evacuate everyone from the ship and rescues them safely. Later on, Paul tells Jessica about the visions he had in the desert in which he sees his death. He also knows that Jessica is pregnant that shocks her too because even she is not sure about it.
On the other hand, we see the Sardaukar force join the Harkonnen on the Emperor’s order to attack House Atreides. The next thing we see is that Dr. Yueh betrays House Atreides as he shuts down the shield and poisons Duke Leto. He does it to save his wife, who has been captured by the Harkonnens. The Harkonnens and Sardaukar attack and destroy everything and everyone. However, Duncan survives and escapes somehow. Meanwhile, Paul and Jessica are captured by Harkonnen men and taken away to be fed to the desert worm.
Dune Ending Explained: What Were Paul’s Visions All About?
As the Harkonnen men are about to throw away Paul and Jessica in the desert to die, they both use their mind powers to fight those men. After escaping, they both live inside a tent made by the Fremen. While in the tent, he had visions about him fighting the war against Sardaukar and taking back what looked like his home planet, Caladan. He once again saw Chani alongside him in the vision. Eventually, Paul and Jessica survived the night in the tent and then started moving during the daylight. The Fremen suits helped them survive the heat as they moved in the desert. However, things got tough when the desert worm discovered them. They both ran from it and reached the high rocks in the desert.
There they were surrounded by the Fremen. However, Stilgar was there as well and recognized Paul from their meeting before. Although, he told that Jessica would have to die so they could have the water from her body. But Jessica defeated Stilgar, and the other Fremen backed down as well. However, one of the Fremen named Jamis refused to have Jessica and Paul. He even challenged Stilgar’s authority since Jessica defeated him.
So now Jessica had to choose someone to fight Jamis. Paul decided to step forward and fight him. Meanwhile, Chani gave him her blade to fight, so he died with honor as she did not believe that he was Lisan al-Gaib. On the other hand, Paul realized that he also saw Jamis in his visions. He did not want to kill him in the fight, but that was the only way to end it, so he killed Jamis eventually. The movie ended with Paul and Jessica moving along with Stilgar and his men. As they moved forward, they saw one of the Fremen riding on the desert worm, and Paul realized that this was the desert power his father, Duke Leto, talked about harnessing. He had now gotten one step closer to forming an alliance with the Fremen as his father dreamt, and this was only the beginning.
Where To Watch Dune?
The most fascinating and visually appealing movie has finally started to create a stir, and the viewers are excited about it. This is why they are eager to find out where to watch Dune? This is probably one of the simplest answers. “Dune is now running in cinema halls all across the world. Furthermore, the movie has also released on the popular streaming service HBO Max on 22nd October 2021.” However, it is highly recommended that the viewers watch this magnificent movie in theatres as that is the best way to experience it. So go ahead and watch the movie in your nearest theatres if you haven’t already.