After months and months of different campaigns, photoshoots, publicity stunts, and whatnot alongside the actual main character, Zendaya Coleman is only in what, seven minutes of the whole movie. I'm so confused. She could have been doing something else (euphoria, maybe?) It's all publicity anyway; Zendaya is a way to attract the younger demographic to watch the movie.
In the far future, Duke Leto Atreides accepts the dangerous desert planet Arrakis (Dune). The only source of the most valuable substance in the universe, "spice," a drug that extends human life, provides superhuman levels of thought and makes faster-than-light travel practical.
So basically, it follows Paul Atreides (Timothee), as he and his family, the noble House Atreides, are thrust into a war for the dangerous desert planet Arrakis, between the native Fremen people and the enemy invaders, the House Harkonnen. It shows Timothee's character expressing the genetic powers he got from his mother in which he sees possible future realities, and he also sees Zendaya a lot. Zendaya plays Chani, a Fremen woman who Paul keeps seeing in his dreams. Mostly her job in this movie is to wander around in the desert as part of those dreams. She is essential in the back half of the novel, but it's mostly posing in the desert for now.
Dune is a 2021 American epic science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve. It is the first of a planned two-part adaptation of the 1965 novel of the same name by Frank Herbert, primarily covering the first half of the book, and is the second film adaptation of the novel following David Lynch's 1984 film. The film has a star-studded cast, including Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, David Dastmalchian, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem. Still, they chose to milk Zendaya's clout for all she's worth.
There was actually a Dune movie in 1984, including an ensemble of well-known American and European actors in supporting roles. I haven't watched this movie. I might find time to watch it sometime when I finish my already existing watch list.
All in all, the movie is relatively calm, a nice watch, quite intriguing. Then again, I'm not really into sci-fi movies, I wouldn't watch it again, though, but it was pretty lovely.