What do we get when we remove the science fiction and political intrigue elements from Frank Herbert's Dune? And then add unnecessary Aquaman sequences (because Duncan Idaho is such a fan favorite*). We get Denis Villeneuve's Dune. Unfortunately this is not Dune. Those who wanted to see Frank Herbert's Dune may walk away disappointed. Those who would otherwise not give a shit about Herbert's painstakingly detailed world building and exposition of the balance of power between rival factions** - but would prefer to simply focus on the story of a young man's*** dealing with the betrayal of his family, survival, and eventual rise as the King of space Wahabis, may find the film compelling. Unfortunately for me, I've read the book. I've also watched Lynch's film many times over. I happen to prefer Lynch's film despite it's flaws. Lynch and DeLaurentis went all out with their sets and costumes. They imagined a world what I would have expected for Herbert's book's. This is supposed to be humanity in year 10,000 after they had dealt with AI and the Matrix***. One step forward and one step back - recycled for thousands of years - where mankind has managed to survive and not kill themselves. Lynch's film gave us that feeling. It was a world that viewers would identify as Baroque and broke. Where many things, by design, only kind of worked. Other than a very cool reinterpretation of the 'thopters, Denis' film lacked imagination. The spaceships looked like stuff recycled from Arrival or featureless Jawa sandcrawlers. The capital city of Arrakeen underneath the Shield Wall looked completely uninspiring, a rust colored Mos Eisley lacking any texture. The interpretation of the Emperor's shock troops, the Sardaukar, as sort of hybrid Viking-Muslim answering to daily prayer call from a space imam on a towering podium was too hackneyed, too lazy. The creatives behind the look and feel of the world sucked balls. This is what we get with CGI, cheap studios, and producers who are too young for the job. However, I mostly blame Denis because he's the guy in charge. He's clearly bit off more than he can chew and has obviously reached a limit to his talents.***** I can go on and on. Critical scenes in the book (Shadout Mapes) were inserted in the film in a choppy way, casting didn't work or take advantage of the actors' capabilities (Liet-Kynes, the Baron, Beast Rabban, etc.), silent scenes where the Sardaukar float down from the air were overly pretentious******. In the end, the film makes less sense than the Lynch version as a work of science fiction. As a story about Paul up to when he meets the Fremen, it's slightly better. And this is only because of the strength of Tim Chalamet. Denis wants you to see it on the big screen. Dune's not worthy of it. The CGI, the sets, and the cinematography are not good enough. *Both the actor from I would assume female movie goers and the character from fans of the book. *The Landsraad royal family planet owners, the Emperor, the Spacing Guide's drug addicted mutated space navigators, and the Bene Gesserit space nuns. ***Surprised Hollywood didn't go with a gender flip here with Paula. ****Buterlian Jihad - Denis' film is worse than the Lynch film on explaining stuff, like the Mentats *****I have serious doubts Denis Villeneuve read the book. Or if he read it, he didn't get it or simply wasn't a sci-fi fan. ******A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Persian Vampire Western) is a better art film for those who want to imbue mood and tone colors through mostly silence.