Thursday, May 15, 2008

Dune (extended version, aka TV version)

David Lynch, understandably, had his director credit removed from this messier version of his colossal mess. It's an entertaining mess, but is more like an artifact than a movie. Brad Dourif, lord of the twitch, manges to seem out of place in a universe of genetically twitchy characters. Odd. There are a few scenes of interest but most of the extended running time is to shoehorn in an attempt to provide enough back story so that a lay person can have a chance to understand what is going on. I think the exposition just adds more incomprehensible words and behaviors and so just makes the confusion worse. Although the score is unremarkable, it sometimes rises to the level of not annoying but there are a couple of sequences where the Toto-ness of the source is all too apparent.

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