Children of Dune (MINI-SERIES) Reviews
Granted, the series remains plagued by some weak acting at points, slow spots, occasional bad dialogue and occasional corniness. It also adds a bit of a bumpy transition between parts one and two to the cons list. Also, visual effects have worsened viciously. Still, the series, though not as compelling as its predecessor, still features a strong story. Other pros that it shares with its predecessor include an excellent hook, strong characters, great costume and set designs, grand, possibly improved cenimatography, a fine score and points where acting is fairly decent if not very good. I also found James McAvoy and Jessica Brooks to be quite outstanding with their fine chemistry and surprisingly excellent performances. McAvoy in particular puts on the finest performance of the series and while that's not saying too much, it's still worth mentioning. In the end, "Children of Dune" falls short of being at its predecessor's level of excellence, but is still a strong companion piece to Sci-Fi's adaptation of "Dune" and a thoroughly entertaining stand-alone watch.
together , you never get the full picture .
The story is suppose to cover Dune : Messiah and Children of Dune .
I felt so much was missing from these epic stories . Granted I know it`s a T.V. series with a limited budget , it could have been done better .
Some new characters appear and some characters have new actors, often better than the original cast. Alice Krige is particularly effective as Jessica, with Daniela Amavi doing good work as Alia, while McAvoy and Brooks capture the essence of the twins. But it is Newman as Paul/the Prophet/Muad 'dib that really comes into his own in this sequel. There's some shades of Shakespeare going on here; the story leans heavily towards tragedy as almost nothing good happens to anyone.
The movie was shot in HD and looks it. Very upscale for a TV movie as is the sound. Not much extras just a sort of recap on the VFX as they put it, getting all the big shots to look believable. The DVD gets an 8/10.