Thu 2000-12-07 - 04:09
So on Sunday I went over to Moneo's
place to see the first part of Dune. It got to the point
where we were doing nothing but laughing at it for minutes at a
time. Among its failings:
- Paul == Luke Skywalker. I'm guessing every time they
couldn't figure out how to portray Paul, they said "what would
Luke Skywalker do?"
- The scene where the Reverend Mother tortures Paul is acted
out so casually as to be laughable. He winced for a second,
then just happily mumbled his little chant
(of which they left out 1 or 2 of the coolest lines). They
forgot to mention the grudge the Reverend Mother had against
Paul, as well as the truly horrendous level she had let the pain
reach because of it.
- The crysknife never happened.
- They thoroughly underplayed the harshness of Arrakis. The
conservatory was a joke, and people routinely ran around with
their stillsuits (themselves pathetic) off or unfastened. There
was very little tension between the Fremen and the wealthy
- The important dinner scene was mostly scrapped to make room
for flirting between Paul and Princess Irulan. All I can say
- The sense of endless intrigue was missing. There were no
"plots within plots, wheels within wheels".
On the other hand, let's look at the positive side:
Sadly, I thought the portions would be played one a week, so I
missed the second part. I'll be watching all 3 this weekend,
and I'll be able to decide if they recovered.
Funnily enough, I saw Moneo's
comment on K5, nodded to myself, and didn't even connect the
comment with the poster.
I was trying to concentrate at work today. Apparently my corner
of the MegaCube was the perfect meeting spot, though, and I
ended up with 5 people handwaving and talking over my
headphones. It'll be nice when Barry moves us into offices.
Then I'll only have to deal with the one specific jerk sharing
I'm going to go to work now. Maybe I can get something done
while it's still dark.
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Last modified: Sat May 6 19:20:10 MDT 2000