Watching Dune vs Foundation

Foundation heavily inspired Dune, so how does the new Dune blockbuster compare with the Foundation series on Apple TV+

Erik Engheim

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Having just binged watched Foundation on Apple TV+ and then watched Dune, I got to say that I am disappointed by both. However, Foundation in my view, is clearly the better one. Dune was directed by Denis Villeneuvewho also directed the visually stunning Blade Runner 2049.

Villeneuve knows how to make visually stunning cinematography, but that is almost the only thing you get. While watching Dune, I found myself thinking that it was simply very boring to watch. That strikes me as a problem in Villeneuve movies. Visually they are like artwork but judging by Dune and Blade Runner, his movies lack punch, quirkiness, humor or just about anything that can spice up a movie and get you engaged in some way. His films just come across as too polished. In fact, they are so polished that the magic is sort of gone. Thus in Dune, you don’t get great acting to carry you through. No cool twists, and the story just isn’t engaging or compelling. While Blade Runner 2049 did not live up to the original, I still think it was a better movie both visually and in terms of story.

The amount of money they charge you for watching Dune is just an atrocity when you consider what that money buys you. This movie is no Lord of the Rings type of trilogy in the making.

Foundation

It may not be fair to compare Foundation with Dune, as it is a TV series, but I’ll do it anyway. It is natural to compare as both Dune and Foundation are Space Operas. In both cases, the action takes place on multiple planets spread across a vast galactic Empire. In fact, the Foundation books by Isaac Asimov were a major inspiration to Frank Herbert when he wrote Dune. Thus, they both have loosely related themes.

Foundation has its fair share of problems, but it is worth noting that I tend to get disappointed by almost all space science fiction I watch. I love Science Fiction, but it seems to seldom live up to my expectations and wishes. I had looked so forward to Humankind on Apple TV+ where the Soviets get to the moon first. It was such a disappointment that I could not watch it despite being a huge…

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Erik Engheim

Geek dad, living in Oslo, Norway with passion for UX, Julia programming, science, teaching, reading and writing.