Truthful Tuesday — At the Movies

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts. This week Frank wants to know…

Have you been to any movies that you absolutely expected to enjoy, but ended up hating? Or perhaps you went begrudgingly to a film with someone else and ended up enjoying it despite your expectations? Let us know about a time when a movie defied your expectations. What made it better or worse than expected?

It’s been nearly two years since I last went to a theater to watch a movie, so I’m going to substitute “been to” with “watched,” as on TV.

Back in the day, I was a big fan of Frank Herbert’s Dune novels. I read a bunch of them until I finally got to the point that I thought Herbert had squeezed as much out of the idea as possible and so I lost interest.

So when I saw that a new Dune movie was released, I was psyched to watch it.

I read some reviews of the movie and they were all quite positive. I also saw that it was available on HBO Max as well as in theaters, and since we don’t go to movie theaters anymore, but do subscribe to HBO Max, I convinced my wife, who is not a SciFi fan, to watch it with me this past Saturday.

About a third of the way through the movie I noticed that my wife was on her smartphone, probably on Twitter. Obviously she wasn’t thrilled with the movie. Neither was I. It was, at times, slow moving and I found it confusing. The acting was okay, but not enough to overcome my disappointment in the movie overall. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t like it, either.

Now I admit that I read the Dune series of novels when I was in my twenties, so it’s been a long, long time since I read the books. I don’t vividly remember all the details from the first book. So I’m going to reread Herbert’s original Dune novel and then rewatch the movie to see if that makes a difference. But to be honest, my experience has been that most movie adaptations of novels don’t live up to the books. And this movie adaptation of Dune is no exception.

I’d be interested to hear what any of you who watch the movie think.

17 thoughts on “Truthful Tuesday — At the Movies

    • Fandango October 26, 2021 / 1:50 pm

      Maybe you’ll review it in your next Movies Movies Movies post!

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      • msjadeli October 26, 2021 / 1:51 pm

        I’m trying to find the time to get to see it. Ideally would like to see it on the IMAX screen in Grand Rapids. It may be the first movie I review in December 🙂

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  1. Fairy Queen October 26, 2021 / 1:08 pm

    I havn’t seen it yet but I’ll tell you soon 😉

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  2. JT Twissel October 26, 2021 / 2:08 pm

    I was disappointed in this new version too. The actors seemed to be whispering all the time. And they were all actors who were famous playing other roles. I kept thinking “oh, there’s the White Queen” and “there’s Khal Drogo” and “that psychopath from No Country for Old Men? “

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  3. Renard Moreau October 26, 2021 / 4:13 pm

    🙂 I watched “Dune” a few days ago; I must admit that I found it to be enjoyable.

    Who would believe that spice was in big demand?

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    • Fandango October 26, 2021 / 10:27 pm

      Well, maybe pumpkin spice at this time of year.

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  4. Marleen October 26, 2021 / 6:41 pm

    A lot of people didn’t like the Dune made in the eighties. If you saw that one, did you at least like this newer one better than that?

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    • Fandango October 26, 2021 / 10:34 pm

      I don’t think I liked that one either. But then again, it was the eighties and I don’t remember much from then. 😉


  5. leigha66 November 15, 2021 / 5:09 pm

    I have not seen it but my daughter and her husband saw it and did enjoy it. I saw parts of the film made in the 80s and lost interest. But I have heard this one is better than that adaptation.

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  6. Carol anne December 27, 2021 / 5:06 am

    I have not seen it, but I agree, most adaptations of books are not quite as good as the book. Xo

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