The Trek discussion started on April 4 started to get quite off-topic (see last few comments there), so I thought I'd make a new post for the Dune comments, if anyone has any. The last thing I said about it was that I think that the Lynch film might have been better received by people who had read the novel even though the film diverged in some strange ways from the book.
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Wednesday, April 8, 2009
For example, that whole "weirding module" thing in the movie, employing sound as a weapon, was not an element of the novel. I think that they probably just needed some way to depict the "weirding way" on screen and resorted to something quite visual and easy to understand, since the nature of the "way" in the book is rather vague in its particulars and doesn't present much to look at. Also, the depiction of the Harkonnens, with the Baron's skin disease and the slaves with the heart plugs, is much more grotendous in the Lynch film than in the novel. In the book, they are plenty evil and the Baron is fat and drifts along on suspensors, but they aren't as over-the-top gross. For the film, however, those visual things really helped make the point quickly that these guys are the villains and that they are highly dangerous and batshit crazy to boot. It works and is fun to watch. Indeed, I liked it so much that I routinely quote the Baron's lines from the Lynch movie in regular day-to-day conversation. You'd be surprised how often around here there is cause for me to yell, "The forms of kanly have been obeyed!"Related Articles :