Human Dignity and the Politics of Dune

Source: Law & Liberty
by Kody W Cooper

“Frank Herbert’s son Brian argued that Dune is to science fiction as Lord of the Rings is to fantasy, which naturally invites a comparison of the film adaptations. It is similar in ambition and scale to the original LOTR films. Dune is an epic that sprawls multiple worlds, brought to life with powerful performances and eye-candy visuals (aided by CGI that, unlike much of The Hobbit trilogy, doesn’t detract from but enhances the story), and a heart-thrumming soundtrack. Another comparison that comes to mind is more remarkable: how conservative, in many of the best senses of that term, the film is.” (03/22/24)