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1 hour ago, GamesGamesGames said:

Going to see this on IMAX. Villeneuve might be a ham-fisted storyteller, but there's no denying this will look fantastic on the biggest screen.

 

Interesting. What's the rationale behind this? I liked Prisoners and Arrival but really didn't like BR2049 at all.

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1 hour ago, DeciderVT said:

 

Interesting. What's the rationale behind this?

 

He'll more often than not choose a flourish over telling the story. In fairness there's more chance of getting away with it in his straight-up genre fare, but it's frustrating when you know there's so much more could be drawn from the material.

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I saw this last night (released early in Singapore) and really enjoyed it. Had avoided this thread and pretty much everything I could (bar an early trailer) and as a result the most disappointing thing for me was that this was only ‘part 1’.  I certainly came out eager for more so really hope this does well. The 2.5 hours or so run time flew by too, which is always a good sign, especially as it was a late-ish showing. 

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Saw it on Wednesday. I'm not familiar with the book and I prefer my science fiction a bit harder and less mystical, but I still enjoyed it quite a bit. Probably gonna watch it a second time. It's definitely made for the big screen and a massive sound system, as the sets are lavish, the vistas sweeping and the worms... well, huge. Soundtrack is loud but the mix is great, I had no problems with understanding the dialogue. This is definitely Chalamet's and Ferguson's movie, but I also really enjoyed Momoa and Sharon Duncan-Brewster. All the performances are good really. The only real problem with the movie is that it ends in a similar manner to Fellowship of the Ring but in this case a part 2 still hasn't been officially confirmed. At least it seems to be doing well in the countries it opened in, many showings here in the Netherlands were sold out.

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Nice to see this is getting positive vibes and box office takings by the sounds of it, I'm properly excited for it. It still seems a bit crazy that it is out so much earlier in some of those territories though.

 

Anyway, it'll be IMAX for me over the first weekend if I can make it happen with childcare, etc... I also noticed my local Vue is screening Lynch's Dune at the moment. Quite tempted but not sure if it'll end up a bit of a spice overload.

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Loathed this. Saw it earlier today and whilst there's some great performances, fantastic costume design and spectacular worldbuilding, the film seems incredibly aimless at times. Found myself dreading having to sit any longer in the theatre at a certain point but I couldn't leave because I took a friend to see it.

 

If this is any indication of the director's earlier work then i'll be staying away. I'd rather have watched a SW prequel marathon.

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3 hours ago, HarMGM said:

If this is any indication of the director's earlier work then i'll be staying away. I'd rather have watched a SW prequel marathon.

Sorry you didn't like it. It may be that Villeneuve just isn't for you. Blade Runner 2049 certainly indulges in some sections of cinematically spectacular slow burn at times which I think can be a bit marmite (I loved pretty much all of it but a mate of mine I went to the cinema with absolutely hated it and also nearly walked out).

 

Prisoners, Arrival and Sicaro (the others I've seen) all have a bit more pace about them but even so there is a certain air of subtly to his work which I could understand some people not clicking with.

 

Personally I think he's a genius but we all like what we like (I really didn't rate Nomadland despite all the accolades). :) 

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Just back from watching it and chalk me up as another one who enjoyed it. It felt like it had a slow steady pace but I never got bored and was surprised by the end how quickly two and a half hours passed. 

 

It really did feel like a glimpse into a different world/worlds and I hope we get the part two we need to see where the story will take us (I've not read the books).

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5 minutes ago, probotector said:

What about cinema?

 

For some reason getting a clear answer about this films release date is hard, guess we’ve been spoiled by so many simultaneous releases

 

The Odeon website will allow me to book tickets for the available cinema venues showing this, from the same date, 22nd October.

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11 minutes ago, grounded_dreams said:

 

The Odeon website will allow me to book tickets for the available cinema venues showing this, from the same date, 22nd October.

 

Cineworld showing it from Thursday 21st and they have an Unlimited showing on the 18th.

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I've read the first book a couple of times, and the entire Frank Herbert series once. The Lynch film is one of my guilty pleasures - it's bad, but I love it.

 

I went in expecting something good, but it totally blowed my mind. It's a fantastic adaptation of the book, brilliant acting. I'm even really down with the small changes which were made (like a certain gender swap).  I was really worried that we would end up with something close to most other modern sci-fi - a hyperactive mess of a film. This is the opposite - there are long sequences of silence in the film, which are used masterfully to create the atmosphere.

 

Jessica is amazingly beautiful, really well cast in the role 😍

 

If you've not read the book: this film is very much set-up for what is to come - don't expect to see anything "complete" here.

 

It reminded me a LOT of the last Mad Max film - the way it was filmed, how dirty but somehow real the it felt.

The only bad thing was the Dutch subtitles - harsh white subtitles really get in the way of such a beautifully shot film. Looking forward to watching it again on my TV - but I'll need to upgrade my sound system to get the most out of it..

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So, for those thinking of watching this at home:

 

DO NOT WATCH THIS AT HOME - GO TO THE CINEMA! unless you have no other choice.

 

I had to wait a few weeks before I had the chance to go and I'm really glad I did, instead of waiting for a leak or the blueray.

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