So, I saw Dune (1984) yesterday. I knew it wasn't gonna be great, but deary me.
I'm not gonna lie - this film is not good, in fact it's laughably bad in places.
First, I'd like to know the thought process that went behind choosing David Lynch to write/direct. Lynch is a talented guy but he makes weird little films which aren't to everyone's taste. For a potential sci-fi block-buster like Dune, you need someone who will make a great spectacle which will have broad appeal. And Dune fails, in every way possible. The special effects are bad, the action scenes didn't get me excited, the writing, the dialogue the acting ... I could go on and on.
I gotta say, I like David Lynch. The Elephant Man (1980) is a masterpiece, Mulholland Drive (2001) is very good, The Straight Story (1999) isn't often mentioned but is very good, Eraserhead (1977) is interesting, so is Blue Velvet (1986).
But Dune was a total misfire. I haven't read the novel, so I don't know how much crap in the film was also in the book. I don't know how much control Lynch had over the film, maybe the producers or film company grabbed creative control from him.