Movie Series: Dune, Part Two

Movie Review: Dune, Part Two (no spoilers)

The sequel to the 2021 blockbuster

Bill Petro
6 min readMar 1, 2024


Dune, Part Two movie poster. Image: IMDB

Today, March 1, marks the opening of the long-awaited sequel to the film Dune, Part One. It is expected to be one of the largest debuts of 2024.

(See my previous article on the saga’s history, my chat with the author Frank Herbert 45 years ago, the origin of the book(s), and how other sagas like Star Wars relied on it.)

There are no plot spoilers in this review. Here’s my initial take after seeing it:

Stunning, spectacular, breathtaking, epic, awesome, mesmerizing, gob-smacking, jaw-dropping, revolutionary, kinetic, shattering.

Or, if you prefer a single word: overwhelming

  • It has already earned over $10M in previews. It is expected to open with a $100M weekend domestically and over $170M internationally, from an estimated budget of $190,000.
  • Dune, Part One, had a $41M domestic debut. Part Two is expected to double that.
  • It has already earned an unprecedented 95% (fresh) rating on the Tomatometer on Rotten Tomatoes, with a corresponding audience score of 95%.
  • The debut was postponed until after the SAG-AFTRA actors’ strike, so the stars could participate in the premiere. Collectively, these actors represent almost 250M social media followers, invaluable in promoting the film.

Significance of Dune

The book, at almost 900 pages (in paperback) and set 20,000 years in the future, is widely regarded as one of the most influential novels in Science Fiction. Frank Herbert claimed that Star Wars took some 16 themes from his works, and other epics like “Game of Thrones” were influenced by Dune.

Magnum opus for Denis Villenueve

The director who brought us such visually stunning films as Bladerunner 2049 and Arrival has created what promises to be the year’s first blockbuster. In the same way that these previous two films involved such groundbreaking cinematography, Dune, Part Two does the same.



Bill Petro

Writer, historian, technologist. Former Silicon Valley tech exec. Author of fascinating articles on history, tech, pop culture, & travel.