May 13, 2020
Dune (1984) (part 2 of 11)
Their peace said, the Guild members all leave, and we get to watch every second of it, while the music continues trying to convince us of how epic this all is. Listen, Toto, it’s a bunch of people walking through a door. Save it for the big stuff, will you?
The Emperor wonders to himself why they want Paul killed. Ah yes, one thing you’ll notice very quickly about this movie is how we get to hear people’s thoughts. A lot. I’d seriously estimate there’s about a one to one ratio of these inner monologues to actual spoken lines. Just one more sign that Lynch wasn’t suited to this kind of film: in a book, this sort of thing can work, but in a movie it just seems silly after a while. Even more annoying is that the lines are all whispered, like the characters are afraid someone will overhear their thoughts.
Mohiam meets a group of other Bene Gesserit, and says they have to “get a look” at Paul. End scene. And oddly enough, none of this was in the book. So it would seem this whole scene was invented purely to help the newbies understand what was going on. And you can see how well that went.