Let’s go into full sci-fi mode for our new weekend selection with the new adaptation of Dune and with Invasion!

Check out our mini-reviews and have a great weekend!

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Dune

WHY

The Quebec director Denis Villeneuve likes impossible challenges because after having given a sequel to Blade Runner, one of the best anticipation films of all time, he now tackles one of the most difficult science fiction books to adapt with Dune, Alejandro Jodorowsky and David Lynch know something about it! The announcement of this new adaptation pleased us immediately because we knew that for the visual aspect, we would not be disappointed. We had more fear on the other hand for the treatment of the story and notably of the announcement that the film would be split in two parts. On the positive side, this allows Villeneuve to have more time to develop his story but it also means that the story will not be finished at the end of the first film. And this can also lead to wanting to stretch some sequences a little too much (the Hobbit trilogy is a perfect example) and this is certainly be the case here. This long duration (2h35) allows the director to be more faithful to the book with many sequences in the desert. Unfortunately he misses other important sequences like the sequence of the box challenge and also the more global understanding of the stakes in the galaxy and its political games. But let’s get back to the positive things, first of all the casting which is really impressive and perfectly done with actors who really fit their characters (except for one important character). Most of them have a real charisma. We would just like that Zendaya is not filmed almost permanently in slow motion, it looks like a perfume commercial! As expected, the visual aspect is really the strong point of the film. The costumes and sets are magnificent and the visual effects allows the filmmakers to be much more faithful to the book than the previous attempt. The excellent ornithopters and the impressive sand worms will stay in your retinas for a while. In the end, we remain rather mixed about this new stay on Arrakis because visually it is really impressive but we remain very distant for the destinies of the different characters. We don’t really care about them. Exactly the same feeling we had with Blade Runner 2049! The film misses this side a little crazy and wobbly that proposed the one of David Lynch. We hope especially that we will be able to see a second part and that it will not finish like The Golden Compass!

WHAT

Feature adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel, about the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy.

WHERE

HBO Max

Invasion

WHY

Apple TV continues on the theme of science fiction with its new series that tells us about an alien invasion! The main interest of the series in addition to its 5 star cast (Sam Neill, Golshifteh Farahani, …) is that it makes us follow this invasion through 5 characters coming from very different places and social backgrounds. This brings a real interest especially during the setting of the plot. On the other hand, the characters are not all as interesting as each other with sometimes very cliché stories and the passage from one story to another often cuts the dynamics and the rhythm. The segments with Sam Neill and those in Japan are really the most interesting to follow as well as the beautiful cinematography of the series. Fans of movies like Independence Day will have to have to be patience because the aliens are very but really very discreet. After 3 episodes, we even wonder if there is an invasion or not. We understand that the showrunners want to feature the human relationships above all but a little more action and aliens of course would have been nice too. Let’s hope that this will happen in the rest of the season!

WHAT

From Academy Award-nominated and two-time Emmy Award-nominated producer Simon Kinberg and David Weil, “Invasion” is a sweeping, character-driven science fiction drama series that follows an alien invasion through different perspectives around the world. Set across multiple continents, “Invasion” stars Shamier Anderson, Golshifteh Farahani, Sam Neill, Firas Nassar and Shioli Kutsuna.

WHERE

Apple TV+

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