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I think there's actually only one major problem with this film; There's too much material to cover everything in one go.
There was a lot of exposition, a lot of scenes felt rushed and many things simply weren't covered. I can imagine some bits from the book had to be cut, but it didn't feel right to me that the Fremen culture wasn't explored at all.
Otherwise I don't think the film is all that bad. The acting was all right and some of the special effects looked really good. Most notably the worms, which, frankly, surprised me a little.
I loved it :-D Incredible special effects and set designs. The acting is outstanding. Lynch adds his special flair to the movie and I think it is challenging to watch for most viewers because of it. The best thing about this movie is that it is 100 % unique. Nothing exists that is similar to it.
Though visually arresting, it is largely undecipherable, and does not respect the novel enough for my tastes. Often just gross, I much prefer the television mini-series of the same name.
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This movie ranks #23 in 100 Science Fiction Films (BFI Screen Guide)
This movie ranks #89 in The 100 Greatest Sci-Fi Movies
This movie ranks #188 in 500 Essential Cult Movies