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“Dune” Offers Audiences Visual and Thematic Richness

Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, the first installment of a two-part adaptation of Frank Herbert’s landmark 1965 sci-fi novel, is visually stunning and thematically rich, especially for religious people. Having not read the novel or its sequels myself (despite several attempts), I steer clear of the source material controversies; but as a long-time fan of science fiction—heck, as a long-time reader of the Bible—I find the overarching religious and mythological content of Villeneuve’s film refreshing. I am in the minority of people who like David Lynch’s 1984 adaptation; but Villeneuve’s is a huge cut above, displaying work that is both innovative and of the most respectable ancient pedigree. Dune is full of material that is pertinent to Christians in the modern world, and Villeneuve’s vision has produced one of the most impressive big-screen experiences…

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